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USS Lanier (APA-125)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Oscar - Yankee
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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Haskell Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 22 June 1944, as a Maritime Commission type, (VC2-S-AP5) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 39) at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 29 August 1944
  • Completed by Moore Drydock Co., Oakland, CA., 22 December 1944, and turned over to the US Navy
  • Commissioned USS Lanier (APA-125), 22 December 1944 at Oakland, CA., CDR. Walter W. Rockey in command
  • During World War II USS Lanier was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater;
    TransRon Twenty-Three, COMO A. S. Witherspoon;
    TransDiv Sixty-Seven and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 to 6 May 1945

  • Following World War II USS Lanier was assigned to Occupation Service in the Far East from 2 to 27 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, 5 March 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 20 March 1946
  • USS Lanier earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 8 March 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 20 January 1956, to American-Hawaiian Steamship Co., (Repair Program) General Agency Agreement
  • Returned to the James River Reserve Fleet, 9 May 1956, by American-Hawaiian Steamship Co.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 April 1973, to Union Minerals & Alloys, Corp. (PD-X-956 dated 5 March 1973) for $111,560.00, withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 17 August 1973
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    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
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 7,780 Bbls
    Diesel 970 Bbls
    one Joshua Hendy geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 465 psi 750°
    double Joshua Hendy Main Reduction Gears
    three 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    one propeller, 8,500 shp

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    Lanier 78k USS Lanier (APA-125) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    Photo from Lanier cruise book, 1944-46
    Russ Padden
    Lanier 116k USS Lanier (APA-125) anchored in the background with a section of her crew going ashore in an LCVP, date and place unknown.
    Photo from Lanier cruise 1944-46.
    Russ Padden
    Lanier 136k USS Lanier (APA-125) at anchor, date and location.
    Photo from Lanier cruise 1944-46. unknown.
    Russ Padden

    USS Lanier (APA-125)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Rockey, Walter Wellington, USN (USNA 1922)22 December 1944 - 3 March 1945
    02LCDR. Fisher, Hubert Wayne, USN3 March 1945 - 6 March 1945
    03CAPT. Cloud, Benjamin Watkins, USN6 March 1945 - 5 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Web Sites of Interest
    Action Report - Landing of Occupation Forces, Nagasaki Japan, September 1945
    MARAD Vessel History Data Base
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