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USS Hamblen (APA-114)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Whiskey - Juliet
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Bayfield Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 16 February 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 876) at Ingalls Shipbuilding Co., Pascagoula, MS;
  • Launched, 30 June 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission and commissioned USS Hamblen (APA-114), 12 June 1945, CAPT. George M. Wauchope, USNR, in command.
  • During and following World War II USS Hamblen (APA-114) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Hamblen was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 23 September 1945 to 1 January 1946
  • Decommissioned, 1 May 1946, at Norfolk. VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 7 May 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Merchant Service
    Towed, 22 January 1947, by Moran Towing and Transportation Co. from Lee Hall, VA. to Hoboken, N.J.
    Delivered, 24 January 1947, to Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Hoboken, N.J. for reconversion for merchant service
    Sold, 4 May 1948, to Isthmian Lines at Hoboken, renamed SS Steel Voyager
  • Final Disposition, sold, 16 August 1973, to Long Jong Industrial Co. Ltd., for scrapping at Kaohsiung, Taiwan
    Displacement 11,760 t.(lt) 16,100 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 25'
    Speed 18.4 kts (trial)
    Officers 41
    Enlisted 437
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 91
    Enlisted 1470
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 4,500 DWT
    non-refrigerated 180, 530 cu ft
    twelve LCVPs
    four LCM (Mk-6)s
    three LCP(L) (MK-IV)s
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    two twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 8,510 Bbls
    Diesel 750 Bbls
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
    four 250Kw 250V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    one propeller, 8,500shp

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    USS Hamblen (APA-114)
    Hamblen 277k Overhead views of USS Hamblen (APA-114) underway, 13 June 1945, location unknown. Note the triple Welin davits, carrying one landing craft outboard, another on deck, and another raised above the deck.
    US Navy photo from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History", by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    Hamblen 110k
    Hamblen 125k
    Hamblen 34k USS Hamblen (APA-114) overhead view underway, date and place unknown Hyperwar US Navy in World War II
    Merchant Service Isthmian SS Co.
    Hamblen 89k Ex-USS Hamblen (APA-114) in merchant service as the Isthmian Lines SS Steel Voyager moored pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany in March, 1971. Photo Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Hamblen 88k SS Steel Voyager moored pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany in March, 1971. Photo Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Hamblen (APA-114)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships(DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Wauchope, George Marker, USNR12 June 1945 - 10 March 1946
    02CAPT. Dudley, Clayton Rodes, USNR10 March 1946 - 1 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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