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USS Hendry (APA-118)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Okinawa - retroactive) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Haskell Class Amphibious Attack Transport:
  • Laid down in 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV-26) at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 24 June 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 29 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS Hendry (APA-118), 29 September 1944, CAPT. Ratcliffe C. Welles USN in command
  • During World War II USS Hendry was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Fifteen, CAPT. W. S. Popham USN (14)
    TransDiv Forty-Three and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 25 February 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 11 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Hendry was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 27 to 30 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 21 February 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 2 March 1946 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 20 March 1946
  • Withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 4 April 1955, to South Atlantic Steamship Co., (Repair Program) General Agency Agreement
  • Returned to the James River Reserve Fleet, 29 June 1955, from South Atlantic Steamship Co.
  • USS Hendry earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 April 1973 (PD-X-956 dated 9 April 1973), for $111,560, to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp., withdrawn, 22 June 1973
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t (fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 24' (lim)
    Speed 17.7 kts.
    Officers 56
    Enlisted 480
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 86
    Enlisted 1,475
    Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
    Cargo Capacity 2,900 DWT
    non-refrigerated 150,000 Cu ft.
    two LCMs
    one open LCPL
    one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
    two LCPRs
    eighteen LCVPs
    one single 5"/38 cal dual-purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 7,780 Bbls
    Diesel 970 Bbls
    one Westinghouse geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 465psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ships' Service Generators
    one propeller, 8,500shp

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    148k USS Hendry (APA-118) at anchor in the transport area off Iwo Jima, 19 February 1945.
    Frames from a short film called "Amphibious Invasion of Iwo Jima, H-Hour Minus One". Dept. of the Navy. National Archives ID 80201, Local ID 428-NPC-15841.
    David Upton
    139k U.S. Navy ships during operations off Iwo Jima, 20 February 1945. In the middle is the attack transport USS Hendry (APA-118). In the background is an amphibious command ship, probably USS Eldorado (AGC-11), and other transports; in front is PCS-1396 directing landing craft. Hendry is painted in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 4T, Eldorado in 32/8F. The photo was taken from the seaplane tender USS Hamlin (AV-15).
    U.S. Nation Archives Photo # 80-G-311366, a U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Hendry 85k USS Hendry (APA-118) in San Francisco Bay, probably in late 1945 returning troops from the Western Pacific to the United States as part of Operation "Magic Carpet."
    US Navy photo # NH 98728 donated to the US Naval Historical Center by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003.
    US Naval History an Heritage Command

    USS Hendry (APA-118)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Welles, Ratcliffe Chapman, USN29 September 1944 - 22 August 1945
    02CAPT. Schleif, Edward Llewellan, USN (USNA 1925)22 August 1945 - 21 February 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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