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USS Clemson (APD-31)
USS Clemson (AVD-4) (1940 - 1943)
USS Clemson (AVP-17) (1939 - 1940)
USS Clemson (DD-186) (1920 - 1939) (1943-1944) (1945)
USS Clemson (Destroyer No. 186) (1918 - 1920)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Zulu - Tango
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (5 January 1945) - Presidential Unit Citation - American Defense Service Medal (with bronze star in lieu of Fleet clasp)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal (1) - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (3) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

Clemson Class Destroyer:
  • Laid Down, 11 May 1918, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 5 September 1918
  • Commissioned, USS Clemson (Destroyer No. 186), 29 December 1919, LCDR. Grattan C. Dichman in command
  • Reduced to Commissioned in Reserve, 13 June 1920
  • Designated (DD-186) 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 30 June 1922
  • Converted to Aircraft Tender (Small) (AVP-17), 16 November 1939
  • Recommissioned, 12 July 1940, LCDR. John P. Whitney USN in command
  • Redesignated Seaplane Tender (Destroyer) (AVD-4), 6 August 1940
  • Reverted to (DD-186), 1 December 1943
  • Convert to a High-speed Transport and designated (APD-31), 17 July 1944
  • Decommissioned, 12 October 1945
  • During World War II USS Clemson (AVD-4 / DD-186) was assigned to the American and Europe-Africa-Middle East Theaters, as APD-31 the ship was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransDiv One Hundred One, CDR. J. S. Horner USN, and participating in the following campaigns:

    (DD-186) American Campaign

    (DD-186) Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    (APD-31) Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Task Group 21.13
    Hunter-Killer Group ASW Operations 12 July to 23 August 1943
    Task Group 21.12
    Hunter-Killer Group ASW Operations 20 April to 20 June 1943
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 14 June to 2 July 1944
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 17 to 29 July 1944
      Task Group 21.13
    Hunter-Killer Group ASW Operations 11 November t o29 December 1943
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
      Sinking of U-172, 13 December 1943 Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 10 October to 29 November 1944
        Luzon operation
    3rd Fleet supporting operations, 4 to 18 January 1945
        Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 9 April to 6 June 1945

  • Redesignated DD-186, 17 July 1945
  • Decommissioned, 12 December 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS Clemson received the Presidential Unit Citation as a unit of TG 21.13 and earned nine battle stars for her actions in the Atlantic and Pacific during World War II.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 21 November 1946

    Displacement; 1,215 t.(lt) 1,600 t.(fl)
    Length; 314' 4"
    Beam; 30' 8"
    Draft; 9' 10"
    Speed; 27.6 kts.
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 98
    APD Troop Accommodations
    Officers 3
    Enlisted 144
    APD Boats; 4 LCP(L) landing craft
    APD Armament
    three single 3"/50 cal. dual purpose gun mounts
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    five single 20mm AA gun mounts
    one depth charge track
    four depth charge projectors
    APD Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 3,215 Bbls
    Diesel 50 Bbls
    two Westinghouse turbines
    two White-Forester boilers, 250psi Sat°
    single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    two 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers

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    USS Clemson (AVD-4)
    Clemson Henry A. Clemson (1820 – 8 December 1846) was an officer in the United States Navy in the early 19th century. Born in New Jersey, Clemson was appointed a midshipman in 1836. He served in USS St. Mary's and the brig USS Somers during the Mexican–American War. Passed midshipman Clemson drowned on 8 December 1846 when Somers capsized off Vera Cruz in a squall while chasing a blockade runner. USS Clemson (DD-186) was named in his honor. The Mexican War Midshipmen's Monument was erected at the United States Naval Academy in 1948. It is in the memory of Clemson and three other midshipmen who died at Vera Cruz. The monument was at one time known as the Clemson Monument. (Wikipedia)
    Photo - Sketch Mexican War Midshipmen's Monument erected at Annapolis on the grounds of the United States Naval Academy in memory of Thomas Branford Shubrick (1825-1847), killed while in the act of pointing this gun during the bombardment of Vera Cruz; and Passed Midshipmen Henry A. Clemson, John R. Hynson, and Midshipman Wingate Pillsbury. (Wikipedia)
    Tommy Trampp
    Clemson 152k USS Clemson (AVD-4) underway in November 1942, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    USS Clemson (APD-31)
    Clemson 108k USS Clemson (APD-31) off the Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina on 21 April 1944, following conversion from a destroyer (DD-186, ex-AVD-4). Circles mark recent alterations.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 91794, courtesy of Arthur D. Baker III, 1981.
    Mike Green
    Clemson 91k USS Clemson (APD-31) underway off Charleston Navy Yard, 21 April 1944. Note the depth charge throwers aft, which gave her a significant ASW capability. Circles indicate changes made during previous refits, which converted her into an APD.
    US Navy photo from "US Amphibious Ships and Craft", by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Clemson (DD-186 / AVD-4 / APD-31)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    AVP-17 Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Dichman, Grattan Cooley28 December 1919 - 1920 Destroyer No. 186
    02LCDR. Jordan, Leslie LaFayette9 April 1921 - 30 June 1922DD-186
     Decommissioned30 June 1922 - 12 July 1940 
    03LCDR. Whitney, John Perry :VADM12 July 1940 - May 1942AVP-17 / AVD-4
    04LCDR. Yancey, Evan WhiteMay 1942 - 1 September 1943AVD-4
    05LCDR. Moran, William Francis1 September 1943 - 1944AVD-4
    06LCDR. Hardy Jr., Arthur H.1944 - 21 September 1945APD-31
    07LT. Robertson, J. H.21 September 1945 - 12 October 1945APD-31
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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