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USS Bandera (APA-131)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - November - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Haskell Class Attack Transport:
Laid down, 23 July 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 47) at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
Launched, 6 October 1944
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 5 December 1944
Commissioned USS Bandera (APA-131), 6 December 1944, CAPT. George C. Miller USN in command
During World War II USS Bandera was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twenty, COMO. H.W. Graf USN (15);
TransDiv Sixty, CAPT. A.T. Moen USN (18)
Following World War II USS Bandera was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 to 12 September 1945||13 to 28 January 1946
|30 September to 3 October 1945||
Decommissioned, 7 May 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 14 May 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 21 May 1946
Withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 15 September to 10 November 1954, to A. H. Bull Co., Inc. (Repair Program) General Agency Agreement
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 23 January 1974, as part of a five ship deal to Consolidated Steel Corp. Brownsville, TX., (PD-X-970 dated 14 December 1973),
withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet, 1 April 1974
Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
Speed 17.7 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
Cargo Capacity 2,900 DWT
non-refrigerated 150,000 Cu ft
one open LCPL
one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
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
NSFO 7,780 Bbls
Diesel 970 Bbls
one Westinghouse geared turbine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 465 psi 750°
double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
three 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
one propeller, 8,500 shp
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||StM2c Rounels welcoming the announcement of Japan's surrender on board USS Bandera (APA-131), 15 August 1945.
Bandera was at Ulithi in the Caroline Islands when she received news of the Japanese capitulation.
U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # 80-G-338668
||USS Bandera (APA-131) at anchor on the Whangpoo River at Shanghai, China, 19 January 1946.
||Keith N. Garner for his father Charles W. Garner, EM1/c USNR USS Bandera
||USS Bandera (APA-131) moored, date and location unknown.
||Bill Rose for his grandfather Russell W. Drew MM3/c USS Bandera, March 14, 1945 to Feb 26, 1946.
||USS Bandera (APA-131) underway in San Francisco Bay, probably between December 1945 and February 1946 returning troops to the United States as part of Operation "Magic Carpet."
US Navy photo # NH 98705 donated to the US Naval Historical Center by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003.
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CAPT. Miller, George Carl, USN (USNA 1921b)||6 December 1944 - 5 April 1945|
|02||CAPT. Thorington, Alexander Clark USN (USNA 1925)||5 April 1945 - 15 March 1946|
|03||LCDR. Bell, Reginald Henry USN||15 March 1946 - 7 May 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
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