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USS Bronx (LPA-236)
USS Bronx (APA-236) (1945 - 1969)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Tango - 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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal

Haskell Class Attack Transport
  • Laid down, 22 May 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 860) at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland OR
  • Launched, 14 July 1945
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commissioned under loan-charter
  • Commissioned USS Bronx (APA-236), 27 August 1945, CAPT. Edward J. Anderson, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Bronx was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Bronx was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    22 to 28 June 194621 April to 3 May 1946
    5 to 9 February 194710 February to 28 March 1947
     13 to 18 April 1947
     1 to 14 May 1947
     22 January to 9 May 1948

  • Decommissioned, 30 June 1949 at San Francisco CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Francisco Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
  • Permanent transfer, 15 August 1958, to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Redesignated Amphibious Transport (LPA-236), 1 January 1969
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, exchange for SS Santa Rita under contract MA-9397 and simultaneously transferred by States SS. Co. to Nissho Iwai American Corp for scrapping in South Korea. Removed 7 November 1970
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl), 12,450 t. (lim)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 17.7 kts (trial speed)
    Draft 24' (lim)
    officers 56
    enlisted 480
    Troop Accommodations
    officers 86
    enlisted 1,475
    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 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 Joshua-Hendy geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers 465psi 750°
    double Joshua-Hendy Main reduction gears
    Ship's Service Generators three 300Kw 120/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    328k Launching of Bronx (APA-236), 14 July 1945, at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland OR. as the ship's sponsor was, Mrs. John W. Greenslade, breaks the traditional bottle of Champagne across the ship's bow. >Dale Hargrave
    Bronx 73k USS Bronx (APA-236) in San Francisco Bay, July 1946 Earl Thompson
    Bronx 88k USS Bronx (APA-236) in San Francisco Bay, July 1946 Earl Thompson
    Bronx 115k USS Bronx (APA-236) in San Francisco Bay, July 1946
    Earl Thompson, is visible in this photo in black circle with his hand held up.
    Earl Thompson
    Bronx 73k USS Bronx (APA-236) at anchor, circa 1945-1946, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 83417. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS Bronx (APA-236)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Anderson, Edward Joseph, USNR27 August 1944 - March 1946
    02CAPT. Lankenau, Wilfred Eric, USN (USNA 1924) March 1946 - December 1946
    03CAPT. Crissman, George Godfrey, USN (USNA 1926)December 1946 - 22 February 1948
    04CAPT. McFall, Edward Alspaugh USN (USNA 1925)22 February 1948 - 30 June 1949
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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