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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:
|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 landings, 10 October to 29 November 1944
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation to Iwo Jima, 6 to 18 March 1945
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.
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
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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||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
USS Rathburne (APD-25)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Welch, Richard Louis, USNR||20 July 1944 - 1 July 1944||APD-26|
|02||LT. Williams Jr., Joel Thomas, USNR (O-in-Ch)||1 July 1945 - 10 July 1945||APD-26|
|18||CDR. Welch, Richard Louis, CDR USNR||10 July 1945 - 24 September 1945||DD-113|
|19||LCDR. Garfield, Lewis James, LCDR USNR||24 September 1945 - 2 November 1945||DD-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
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