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USS Rathburne (APD-25)
USS Rathburne (DD-113) (1920 - 1944, 1945)
USS Rathburne (Destroyer # 113) (1918 - 1920)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Charlie - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - World War I Victory Medal (with bronze star in lieu of Destroyer clasp)
Second Row - American Defense Service Medal (with bronze star in lieu of Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

Wickes Class Destroyer:
  • Laid down, 12 July 1917, at William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched, 27 October 1917
  • Commissioned USS Rathburne (Destroyer No. 113), 24 June 1918, CDR. Ward R. Wortman in command
  • Designated (DD-113) 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 12 February 1923, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet at San Diego
  • Recommissioned 8 February 1930
  • Converted to a High-speed Transport at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA.
  • Redesignated (APD-25), 20 May 1944, CDR Richard L. Welch, in command
  • During WWII USS Rathburne was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of Southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Manila Bay - Bicol operation
    Zambales-Subic Bay, 29 to 31 January 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 10 October to 29 November 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation to Iwo Jima, 6 to 18 March 1945
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 18 April to 16 May 1945

  • 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-Two, CDR. J.N. Hughes USN (31)
  • Reverted to (DD-113) 20 July 1945
  • Decommissioned, 2 November 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 November 1945
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in November 1946 to Northern Metals Co., Philadelphia, PA.
  • USS Rathburne earned six battle stars for World War II service
    Displacement 1,060 t.(lt) 1,600 t.(fl)
    Length 314' 4"
    Beam 30' 6"
    Draft 8' 6"
    Speed 36 kts.
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 98
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 3
    Enlisted 144
    Boats 4 LCP(L) landing craft
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    five single 20mm AA gun mounts
    one depth charge track
    four depth charge projectors
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 2,380 Bbls
    Diesel 55 Bbls
    two Cramp Parsons design geared turbines
    two White-Forester boilers, 350psi Sat°
    single DeLaval Main Reduction Gears
    two turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 26,000shp

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    Size Image Description Contributed
    NH 91793
    133k USS Rathburne (APD-25) off Puget Sound Navy Yard, WA., 16 June 1944. Rathburne is painted in the green tones of Camouflage Measure 31, Design 12T.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #'s NH 91793 and NH 91792. Courtesy A, D. Baker III, 1981.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command and
    Mike Green
    NH 91792

    USS Rathburne (APD-25)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Welch, Richard Louis, USNR20 July 1944 - 1 July 1944APD-26
    02LT. Williams Jr., Joel Thomas, USNR (O-in-Ch)1 July 1945 - 10 July 1945APD-26
    18CDR. Welch, Richard Louis, CDR USNR10 July 1945 - 24 September 1945DD-113
    19LCDR. Garfield, Lewis James, LCDR USNR24 September 1945 - 2 November 1945DD-113
    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
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