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USS Overton (APD-23)
USS Overton (DD-239) (1920-1943, 1943-1944)
USS Overton (Destroyer #239) (1920)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - India - Tango
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal (with bronze "A" clasp)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (7)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
Clemson Class Destroyer:
Laid Down, 30 October 1918, at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
Launched, 10 July 1919
Commissioned USS Overton (Destroyer No. 239), 30 June 1920, CDR. Archibald D. Turnbull in command
Designated (DD-239), 17 July 1920
Decommissioned in May 1931
Recommissioned and assigned to Rotating Reserve in 1932
Decommissioned, 20 November 1937
Recommissioned, 26 September 1939
Converted to a High-speed Transport at Norfolk, VA.
Redesignated (APD-23), 21 August 1943
During World War II USS Overton was assigned to the American Theater, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and lastly to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
and participated in the following campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Task Group 21.11
||Marshall Islands operation
||Tinian capture and occupation
||Manila Bay - Bicol operations
||Okinawa Gunto operation
While assigned to Commander South Pacific Force and South Pacific Area USS Overton came under the command of TransDiv Sixteen
While assigned to Commander Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet USS Overton came under the command of TransDiv One Hundred-One,
CDR. J.S. Horner USNR
Decommissioned, 28 July 1945
Struck from the Naval Register, 13 August 1945
USS Overton earned 8 battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 30 November 1945, to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, MD.
Displacement 1,780 t.(fl)
Length 314' 4"
Beam 30' 8"
Draft 12' 3"
Speed 28.7 kts.
Boats 4 LCP(L) landing craft
three single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
five single 20mm AA gun mounts
one depth charge track
four depth charge projectors
NSFO 3,025 Bbls
Diesel 50 Bbls
two Westinghouse turbines
two Wheeler-Foster boilers, 250psi Sat°
single Parsons Main Reduction Gears
two turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
two propellers, 26,000shp
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||USS Overton (APD-23) underway, date and location unknown.
||CWO3 Curt Clark, USN Ret.
Secretary/Treasurer American APD Corporation
||USS Overton (APD-23) underway off the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA., 19 September 1943.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 91791. Courtesy of Arthur D. Baker III, 1981
USS Overton (DD-239 / APD-23)
Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Riley Jr., William James, USNR||10 August 1943 - 9 January 1944|
|02||LCDR. O'Connor, Desmond Kiernan, USNR||9 January 1944 - 18 January 1945|
|03||LCDR. Bracken, John Paul, USNR||18 January 1945 - 23 May 1945|
|04||LT. Sullivan Jr., Walter Sean, USNR||23 May 1945 - 28 July 1945|
|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
"The Green Dragons" Four-stack APD destroyer-transports in World War Two
Last Updated 16 October 2020
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