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USS Pavlic (APD-70)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Alpha - Hotel

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, off Okinawa, 27 to 29 May 1945) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Buckley Class Destroyer Escort - Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down 21 September 1943 as Pavlic (DE-669), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort, at Dravo Corp, Neville Island, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched 10 December 1943
  • Redesignated (APD-70), 27 June 1944
  • Ferried to Orange, TX. for fitting out as a High-speed Transport
  • Commissioned USS Pavlic (APD-70), 29 December 1944 at Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, TX., LCDR. Charles V. Allen, USNR, in command.
  • During World War II USS Pavlic was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater TransDiv One Hundred Five CAPT. J. M. Kennaday USN, and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 3 May to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Pavlic was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 16 April 1946
  • Decommissioned 15 November 1946 at Green Cove Springs FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Struck form the Naval Register 1 April 1967
  • Final Disposition, sold to North American Smelting Co., 1 July 1968 for scrapping
  • USS Pavlic received one battle star for World War II service.
    APD Specifications:
    Displacement 1,400 t.(lt), 2,130 t.(fl)
    Length 306' ovl.
    Beam 37'
    Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
    Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
    Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 192
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 150
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Boats 4 LCVP landing craft
    Troop Accoutrements
    six 1/4 ton trucks
    two 1 ton trucks
    four ammunition carts
    four pack howitzers
    Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
    General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
    Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    three twin 40 mm AA gun mounts
    six single 20 mm AA gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 2,216 Bbls
    Diesel 93 Bbls
    two Combustion Engineering "D" Express boilers, 435psi 750°
    two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
    Ship's Service Generators
    two 300Kw 450V A.C.
    two 40Kw 120V D.C.
    two propellers, 12,000shp

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    Pavlic 92k

    Milton Frank Pavlic was born in Trieste, Italy, 27 December 1909 but spent his youth in Rittman, Ohio. In 1927 started his academic career at Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio as a pre-med major, however, patriotic calling drew him to the Navy after his first year since it seemed more fun to break bones then to mend them. Peter was appointed Midshipman 25 June 1928, and commissioned Ensign 2 June 1932, and Lieutenant Commander 15 June 1942. He served in New York, Mississippi, Tracy, Melville, and Barney. From 17 June 1940 to 9 March 1942, he served at the Naval Academy; then helped fit out South Dakota and was on board the battleship when she commissioned 20 March 1942. South Dakota sailed to the Pacific and fought in the Santa Cruz Islands, and at Guadalcanal. In the fierce Naval Battle off Guadalcanal early on 15 November, South Dakota’s Task Force engaged a force of Japanese warships. She was badly damaged in the action. Lt. Comdr. Pavlic died in the battle and posthumously was awarded the Purple Heart Medal.
    Photo form the United States Naval Academy "Lucky Bag Yearbook - Class of 1932"
    Bill Gonyo
    Pavlic 62k Pavlic (DE-669) launching, 10 December 1943, at Dravo Corp, Neville Island, Pittsburgh, PA. Nick Tiberio
    Pavlic 120k USS Pavlic (APD-70) alongside USS Lanier (APA-125) during refueling operations, date and location unknown. Russ Padden, from the USS Lanier (APA-125) cruise book
    Pavlic 102k USS Pavlic (APD-70) passing Guard Mail to USS William J. Pattison (APD-104) off the coast of Japan, 28 August 1945. Photo by James Ray Cannon USS William J. Pattison Cathy Petersen
    Pavlic 51k USS Pavlic (APD-70) at anchor in San Diego Bay, mid-1946, following her return from occupation duty in Japan Steven Walker for his father
    LTjg Hallam Walker, USNR USS Pavlic

    USS Pavlic (APD-70)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Allen, Charles Vern, USNR29 December 1944 - November 1945
    02LT. Keeley Jr., Conrad Warner, USNRNovember 1945 - 1946
    03LCDR. Melusky, Thomas Andrew, USNR1946 - 15 November 1946
    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
    USS Pavlic APD 70
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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