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USS Newberry (APA-158)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Sierra - Hotel
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Haskell Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 10 June 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 124), at Oregon Shipbuilding, Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 24 August 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 6 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS Newberry (APA-158), 7 October 1944, CDR. David R. Phoebus USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Newberry was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Fifteen, CAPT. W. S. Popham USN (14);
    TransDiv Forty-Five, CAPT. A.C.J. Sabalot USN (20) and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 27 February 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 11 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Newberry was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    20 to 29 September 1945
    8 to 10 October 1945

  • Decommissioned, 21 February 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 3 March 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
  • USS Newberry earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to Connecticut Transport Inc., New York, N.Y., 17 September 1983, resold the same day to Desguaces Aviles, S.A. scrapped, 8 June 1984 in Spain
    Displacement 6,873 t. (lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 24' (lim)
    Speed 17.7 kts. (trial)
    Officers 56
    Enlisted 480
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 86
    Enlisted 1,475
    Cargo Capacity 2,900 DWT
    non-refrigerated 150,000 Cu ft.
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    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 Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 465psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    118k U.S. Navy attack transports in Pearl Harbor, as seen from the escort carrier USS Breton (CVE-23), 25 January 1945. The transports are right to left to right:
    USS Cecil (APA-96) (in camouflage scheme is measure 32, Design 3D)
    USS Bracken (APA-64) (in camouflage scheme measure 32, Design 4T) and
    USS Newberry (APA-158) (in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 4T).
    U.S. National Archives and Records Administration photo # 80-G-265012, a U.S. Navy photo now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    LSM-206 74k USS Newberry (APA-158) taking on wounded Marines at Iwo Jima from USS LSM-206 between 17 and 27 February 1945. Harold Jacobs and the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Newberry 73k USS Newberry (APA-158) and ships officers. Commanding Officer, CDR D. R. Phoebus USNR, is in the upper left corner. The remaining officers are unidentified. Nick DePaola, MM3/c, USS Newberry
    Newberry 67k USS Newberry (APA-158) at anchor, date and location unknown. Russ Padden, Courtesy Jim Chenvert for his father Tom Chenvert USS Newberry
    Newberry 66k USS Newberry (APA-158) at anchor, date and location unknown. Russ Padden, Courtesy Jim Chenvert for his father Tom Chenvert USS Newberry

    USS Newberry (APA-158)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Phoebus, David Russell7 October 1944 - 21 February 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    USS Newberry APA-158
    Postal Covers related to the ship
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