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USS Karnes (APA-175)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Uniform - Echo
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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Haskell Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down in 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 141) at Oregon Shipbuilding Group, Portland OR.
  • Launched, 7 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS Karnes (APA-175), 3 December 1944, Captain Robert B. Miller USN (22) in command
  • During World War II USS Karnes was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Two, COMO. S.P. Jenkins;
    TransDiv Sixty-Five, CAPT. E.C. Rogers USN (18) and participated in the following campaign;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 3 to 8 May 1945

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    19 to 24 October 194515 to 27 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 11 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 24 April 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
  • USS Karnes earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in Spain, 15 March 1974, to Mr. Isaac Varela, Castellon de la Planna, (PD-X-972), for $727.007.00, Withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet 3 April 1974
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 17.7 kts (trial)
    Officers 56
    Enlisted 480
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 80
    Enlisted 1,440
    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
    10 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. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    Karnes 178k USS Karnes (APA-175) passing under the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, in late 1945 or early 1946.
    US Navy photo # NH 98731 donated to the US Naval Historical Center by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003.
    Contributed by Julius E. Shoulars
    Submitted by Russ Padden

    USS Karnes (APA-175)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Miller, Robert Bruce USN (USNA 1922)3 December 1944 - 11 April 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 Data Base
    USS Karnes newspaper "The Duffle Bag"
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