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USS Odum (APD-71)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Quebec - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS Odum (APD-71) was transferred to Chile and renamed ACH Serrano (APD-26)
Buckley Class Destroyer Escort / Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down 15 October 1943 as Odum (DE-670), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort at Dravo Corp., Neville Island,Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 19 December 1943
  • Redesignated (APD-71), 27 June 1944
  • Ferried to Orange, TX. for fitting out as a High-speed Transport
  • Commissioned USS Odum (APD-71), 12 January 1945, at Consolidated Steel Corp, Orange TX., LCDR. John A. Comly USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Odum was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater TransDiv One Hundred Seven CAPT. N. E. Miller USN
  • Following World War II USS Odum was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    6 to 24 September 1945
    7 to 27 October 1945
    4 to 21 November 1945

  • Decommissioned, 15 November 1946, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Moved to Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange, TX. at a later date
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1966
  • Sold to Chile, 1 November 1967, under terms of the Military Assistance Program, renamed ACH Serrano (APD-26)
  • Final Disposition, retired from the Chilean Navy in 1984 and scrapped
    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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    USS Odum (APD-71)
    Odum 158k USS Odum (APD-71) anchored off San Francisco, CA. in late 1945, probably upon her return to the U.S. following the end of World War II.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 77399. Collection of Donald M. McPherson, 1973.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    ACH Serrano (APD-26)
    Odum 68k Ex-USS Odum (APD-71) in Chilean Naval service as ACH Serrano (APD-26) underway in 1969, location unknown.
    Official Chilean Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Odum 69k ACH Serrano (APD-26) moored pierside at Puerto Natales, Chile, on the shores of the Ultima Esperanza Fiord, Chilean Patagonia in 1972. Photo by Gabriel González Lillo, MD. Gabriel González Florín
    Odum 53k ACH Serrano (APD-26) moored pierside at Puerto Natales, Chile, on the shores of the Ultima Esperanza Fiord, Chilean Patagonia in 1972. Photo by Gabriel González Lillo, MD. Gabriel González Florín

    USS Odum (APD-71)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Comly, John Albert, USNR12 January 1945 - 28 May 1945
    02LCDR. Munroe, James Samuel, USNR28 May 1945 - 1 November 1945
    03LT. Porter II, William Parsons, USNR1 November 1945 - 8 April 1946
    04LT. Frady, Raymond Alexander USN8 April 1946 - 15 November 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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