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USS Goldsborough (APD-32)
USS Goldsborough (AVD-5) (1940-1943)
USS Goldsborough (AVP-15) (1939 - 1940)
USS Goldsborough (DD-188) (1920 - 1939, 1940 - 1943, and 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Papa - Tango
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Clemson Class Destroyer:
  • Laid Down, 8 June 1918, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News VA
  • Launched, 20 November 1918
  • Commissioned, USS Goldsborough (Destroyer No. 188), 26 January 1920, CDR. Francis M. Robinson USN in command
  • Designated (DD-188), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 14 July 1922 at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Converted to an Aircraft Tender (Small), at New York Navy Yard
  • Designated (AVP-15), 15 November 1939
  • Recommissioned, 1 July 1940, LCDR. Philip R. Kauffman USN, in command
  • Designation changed to Seaplane Tender (Destroyer) (AVD-5), 5 August 1940
  • Reverted to (DD-188), 1 December 1943
  • Converted to a High-speed Transport at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Redesignated (APD-32), 7 March 1944
  • During World War II USS Goldsborough (APD-32) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, TransDiv One Hundred Two, CDR. J. N. Hughes USN (31) and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 to 28 July 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 3 to 6 March 1945
    Tinian operation
    Capture and occupation of Tinian, 28 July 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 10 April to 31 May 1945
    Leyte operation
    3rd Fleet supporting operations Okinawa attack, 18 November 1944

  • Reverted to (DD-188), 10 July 1945
  • Decommissioned, 11 October 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 24 October 1945
  • USS Goldsborough earned five battle stars for service in World War II.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 21 November 1946 to Hugo Neu Corp., New York N.Y.
    Displacement; 1,215 t.(lt) 1,780 t.(fl)
    Length; 314' 4"
    Beam; 30' 8"
    Draft; 12' 3"
    Speed; 27.6 kts.
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 98
    Troop Capacity
    Officers 3
    Enlisted 144
    four LCP(L) landing craft
    three single 3"/50 cal gun mounts
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    five single 20mm AA gun mounts
    one depth charge track
    four depth charge projectors
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 3,025 Bbls
    Diesel 93 Bbls
    two Westinghouse geared turbines
    three White-Forester boilers, 250psi Sat°
    two turbo-drive 60K2 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 26,000shp

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    USS Goldsborough (AVD-5)
    Goldsborough - Louis Malesherbes Goldsborough, born 18 February 1805 in Washington, D.C., was appointed Midshipman 28 June 1812, but did not serve until 13 February 1816 when he reported for duty at the Washington Navy Yard. He led a four-boat night expedition from Porpoise in September 1827 to rescue British merchant brig Comet from Mediterranean pirates. In 1830 he was appointed first officer in charge of the newly created Depot of Charts and Instruments at Washington, the rude beginning of the United States Hydrographic Office. It was Goldsborough who suggested creation of the depot and initiated the collection and centralization of the instruments, books and charts that were scattered among several Navy yards. After 2 years he was relieved by Lt. Charles Wilkes. Goldsborough led German emigrants to Wirt's Estates near Monticello, Fla., in 1833; then took leave from the Navy to command a steamboat expedition and later mounted volunteers in the Seminole War. After cruising the Pacific in frigate United States, he participated in the bombardment of Vera Cruz in Ohio. He served consecutively as: commander of a detachment in the expedition against Tuxpan; senior officer of a commission which explored California and Oregon (1849-1850) ; Superintendent of the Naval Academy (1853-1857) ; and commander of the Brazil Squadron (1859-1861). During his command of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron October 1861 to September 1862, he led his fleet off North Carolina, where in cooperation with troops under General Burnside, he captured Roanoke Island and destroyed a small Confederate fleet. After special administrative duties in Washington, D.C., he took command of the European Squadron in the last year of the Civil War, returning to Washington in 1868 to serve as Commander of the Washington Navy Yard until his retirement in 1873. Rear Admiral Goldsborough died 20 February 1877.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    108k USS Goldsborough (AVD-5) at anchor of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 15 December 1942. Note the Martin Mariner PBM-3 Patrol Bomber landing across the bow of Goldsborough.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-35030, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Rick Davis
    107k USS Goldsborough (AVD-5) underway 23 July 1943 in the Caribbean Sea.
    US National Archives. Photo # 80-G-204790 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Rick Davis and
    Robert Hurst
    428k USS Goldsborough (AVD-5) coming alongside USS Core (CVE-13), in October 1943.
    US National Archives. Photo # 80-G-269105 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Rick Davis and
    Robert Hurst
    USS Goldsborough (APD-32)
    Goldsborough 22k USS Goldsborough (APD-32) underway, date and location unknown. CWO3 Curt Clark, USN Ret.
    Secretary/Treasurer American APD Corporation
    Goldsborough 78k USS Goldsborough (APD-32) off Charleston Navy Yard, S.C., 6 April 1944, following conversion from a Destroyer (DD-188, ex-AVD-5).
    US Navy photo # 91796 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, courtesy of Arthur D. Baker III, 1981.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Goldsborough (DD-188 / APD-15 / AVD-5 / APD-32)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Kauffman, Roland Philip USN (USNA 1922)1 July 1940 - 17 August 1942AVD-5
    02LCDR. Darnell, William Irvin USN (USNA 1929)17 August 1942 - December 1942AVD-5
    03LCDR. Fiala, Reid Puryear USN (USNA 1929)December 1942 - 20 July 1943AVD-5
    04LT. Meehan III, William Joseph USN20 July 1943 - 24 February 1945AVD-5 / APD-32
    04LT. Caton, Clifford E. USNR24 February 1945 - August 1945APD-32 / DD-188
    05LT. Hyde, Frank T. USNRAugust 1945 - September 1945DD-188
    06LT. Harvi, Charles J. USNRSeptember 1945 11 October 1945DD-188
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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

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