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USS Renville (LPA-227)
USS Renville (APA-227) (1944 - 1969)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Romeo - Tango
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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Service Medal (Quemoy/Matsu, Taiwan Straits, Cuba, Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (3)
Fourth Row - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Haskell Class Amphibious Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 19 August 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 673) at Kaiser Company Inc. Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched, 25 October 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Commission under loan-charter
  • Commissioned USS Renville (APA-227), 15 November 1944, CAPT. William W. Ball, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Renville (APA-227 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty, COMO. H. W. Graf USN (15);
    TransDiv Fifty-Nine, CAPT. J. K. Davis and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 5 April 1945

  • USS Renville (APA-227) was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    11 to 27 September 19458 to 15 August 1946
    12 to 22 August 194615 to 26 May 1947
    25 August to 5 September 19477 to 19 June 1947
     5 to 25 August 1947
     6 September to 29 November 1947
     25 January to 8 February 1949
     5 to 7 March 1953

  • USS Renville (APA-227) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.3.1 Transportation Group (Transportation Division (TRANSDIV 31) for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Decommissioned, 30 June 1949, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard Vallejo, CA., laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 5 January 1952
  • During the Korean War USS Renville (APA-227) participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Third Korean Winter
    15 December 1952
    4 to 17 January 1953
    Korea, Summer-Fall 1953
    1 to 10 June 1953
    13 to 19 July 1953

  • During the Vietnam War USS Renville (APA-227) participated in the following campaigns:

    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Advisory Campaign
    8 August to 8 October 1964
    Vietnam Counteroffensive
    26 May to 2 June 1966
    Vietnam Defense
    4 to 12 July 1965
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase II
    24 July to 14 September 1966
  • Decommissioned, 23 April 1967
  • Transferred, 26 April 1968, to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Redesignated Amphibious Transport (LPA-227), 1 January 1969
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1976
  • USS Renville earned one battle star for World War II service, two battle stars for Korean War service, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with three campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 19 February 1982, to C. W. Enterprises LTD, Kaosiung, Taiwan, withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 23 April 1982, for towing to Taiwan
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 19 kts.
    56 Officers
    480 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    87 Officers
    1,475 Enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 2,900 DWTs
    non-refrigerated 150,000 cu ft.
    two LCMs
    one open LCPL
    one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
    two LCPRs
    eighteen LCVPs
    one single5"/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 Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 465psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ships' Service Generators
    one propeller, 8,500shp

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    162k USS Renville (APA-227) anchored in Jakarta Bay, 10 December 1947. Negotiations between the Dutch and Indonesian Republicans were held aboard Renville negotiating Indonesian Independence.
    National Archives Archive inventory number : view access Part Number : 902-5012.
    Robert Hurst
    684k Negotiations underway between the Dutch and Indonesian Republicans aboard USS Renville (APA-227) in 1947 in Jakarta Bay.
    The Renville Agreement was a United Nations Security Council-brokered political accord between the Netherlands, which was seeking to re-establish its colony in South East Asia, and Indonesian Republicans seeking to secure Indonesian independence during the Indonesian National Revolution. Ratified on 17 January 1948, the agreement was an unsuccessful attempt to resolve the disputes that arose following the 1946 Linggadjati Agreement. It recognised a cease-fire along the Status Quo Line (Status Quo lijn) or so-called "Van Mook Line", an artificial line which connected the most advanced Dutch positions.
    Image from 40 Tahun Indonesia Merdeka Jilid 1, p147. Photo credited to the Information Ministry.
    Robert Hurst
    Renville 52k USS Renville (APA-227) underway, date and location unknown. USS Pickaway web site
    Renville 35k USS Renville (APA-227) underway, date and location unknown. Larry Hale FT3 USS Renville March 1955-November 1957
    Renville 62k USS Renville (APA-227) passing through the Panama Canal on her way to the Caribbean in November 1962 in response to the Cuban Missile Crisis in October of that year. Walt Williamson
    Renville 31k USS Renville (APA-227) in the Panama Canal Zone off-loading a few LCVP's before moving out to take up her position on the quarantine line during the Cuban Missile Crisis, circa October-November 1962. Walt Williamson
    Renville 44k USS Renville (APA-227) at anchor off Vieques Island in November 1962. The ship has just launched landing craft with Marines from H-2-7 (CamPen) for a landing on Vieques. The Marines were there as a result of the Cuban Missile Crisis the previous month. The landing craft coming into the picture is from USS Washburn (AKA-108). Walt Williamson
    Talladega 69k USS Renville (APA-227) about 100 miles away from Hawaii, while en route to Oahu with other amphibious ships to participate in exercise "Dull Knife" in July 1963. In the foreground is USS Talladega (APA-208), next is Renville (APA-227) in the center and to starboard of Renville is USS Bayfield (APA-33).
    US Navy photo # NH 96820 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Robert Hurst
    Renville 102k USS Renville (APA-227) underway during 1964 WestPac Ops 1-Alpha. Photo taken from USS Winston AKA 94 Photo by James E. Johnson BMC Ret.
    Renville 115k
    Renville 149k USS Renville (APA-227) out bound to sea from San Diego, circa 1964. Photo from 1964 WESTPAC Cruise Book. Roger R. Bradshaw USS Renville
    Renville 73k USS Renville (APA-227) at anchor off the coast of South Vietnam, 1966. Photo by LT. Richard Dawson USNR USS Renville
    Renville 85k
    Renville 93k USS Renville (APA-227) at anchor in 1966, location unknown. Photo by LT. Richard Dawson USNR USS Renville
    Renville 2751k USS Renville (APA-227) under way, date and location unknown. Bill Hardisty USS Renville 1963-1966

    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Ball, William Warren, USNR15 November 1944 - 18 March 1946
    02CAPT. McCracken, Alan Reed, USN (USNA 1922)18 March 1946 - July 1947
    03CAPT. Tyree, David Merrill, USN (USNA 1925) :RADMJuly 1947 - April 1948
    04CDR. Taylor, Crittenden Batelle, USN (USNA 1930)April 1948 - 30 June 1949
     Decommissioned30 June 1949 - 5 January 1952
    05CAPT. Chapple, Wreford Goss (Moon), USN (USNA 1930)5 January 1952 - 1953
    06CAPT. Spring, Arthur Finn, USN (USNA 1930) :RADMJuly 1954 - August 1955
    07CAPT. Burdick, Robert Stewart, USN (USNA 1935)11 April 1956 - 11 April 1957
    08CAPT. Hale Jr., Fletcher, USN (USNA 1937)October 1958 - 25 November 1959
    09CAPT. Lowry, William McCulloch, USN25 November 1959 - November 1960
    10CAPT. Savidge, William Lee, USN (USNA 1939)November 1960 - 7 June 1962
    11CAPT. Lowe, Grady, Howard, USN7 June 1962 - 27 July 1963
    12CAPT. Harrold, Clay USN27 July 1963 - 9 May 1964
    13CAPT. Ault, Frank Willis USN (USNA 1943)9 May 1964 - 21 May 1965
    14CAPT. Wiese Jr., Charles William, USN21 May 1965 - 12 October 1966
    15CAPT. Holley Sr., Horace Clinton, USN10 December 1966- 23 April 1967
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    For more photos and information about USS Renville see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • USS Renville APA-227
  • Photo collection of LT. Richard Dawson, USNR
  • Photo collection of QM2 Roger Bradshaw
  • 1964 WESTPAC Cruise Book (This file will take a long time to load)
  • Change of Command Program, 9 May 1964
  • MARAD Vessel History Data Base
  • Miscellaneous Items

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

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