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USS Marathon (APA-200)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Xray - Tango
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 22 July 1945) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Personnel Awards

Silver Star - Kenneth Earl Starrett BM2 USNR [citation] - Purple Heart (36 KIA, 13 WIA, 22 July 1945)
Haskell Class Attack Transport
  • Laid down, 4 July 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 668) at Kaiser Shipbuilding Corp, Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched, 7 October 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission on loan-charter, 27 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS Marathon (APA-200), 28 October 1944, CDR. John W. McElroy USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Marathon was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Eighteen, COMO. J.G. Moyer USN (14);
    TransDiv Fifty-Three (flagship) , CAPT. W.N. Thornton USN and participated in the following campaign:

    World War II Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 5 April 1945
    Minesweeping operations Pacific
    Nagoya (Honshu Area), 13 to 25 October 1945
    Kure-Hiroshima (Honshu Area), 30 October to 2 December 1945
    Kobe (Honshu Area), 3 January to 20 February 1946

  • Following World War II USS Marathon was assigned to Occupation service from 2 September 1945 to 27 February 1946
  • Decommissioned, 9 May 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1946
  • USS Marathon earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 8 May 1946 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 18 April 1975, to Union Minerals and Alloys, Removed, 23 May 1975 to NASSCO, Terminal Island, CA.
    Displacement 6,873 t. (lt) 14,837 t (fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 19 kts.
    56 Officers
    480 Enlisted
    Troop Capacity
    86 Officers
    1,475 Enlisted
    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 5"/38 dual-purpose gun mount
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    one Allis-Chalmers geared turbine
    two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    one propeller 8,500shp

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    Marathon 55k USS Marathon (APA-200) at anchor, date and location unknown. John Wayne Mohney ETM2/c USS Marathon
    Marathon 86k USS Marathon (APA-200) at anchor, date and location unknown. John Wayne Mohney ETM2/c USS Marathon

    USS Marathon (APA-200)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. McElroy, John William USNR :RADM28 October 1944 - 9 June 1945
    02CDR. MacIntyre, Alexander, USN (USNA 1929)9 June 1945 - 29 November 1945
    03CDR. Bloodworth, Jesse Howard, USNR29 November 1945 - 9 May 1946

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    APA 200 USS Marathon
    MARAD Vessel History Data Base
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