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USS Kinzer (APD-91)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Golf - Papa
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
USS Kinzer (APD-91) was transferred to the Republic of China and renamed ROCS Yu Shan (PF-44)
Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort - Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
Laid down, 9 September 1943, as Kinzer (DE-232), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
Launched, 9 December 1943
Reclassified a Crosley Class High-speed Transport, 17 July 1944
Commissioned USS Kinzer (APD-91), 1 November 1944, LT. Richard C. Young, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Kinzer was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater TransDiv One Hundred Four, CAPT. R. D. Williams USN (24),
and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March (pre-invasion) to 30 June 1945
Following World War II USS Kinzer was assigned to China service in the Far East for the following periods:
China Service Medal (extended)
|24 October 1945 to 26 April 1946
Decommissioned, 18 December 1946, at San Diego, CA.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Francisco Group
Struck from the Naval Register, 21 April 1965
USS Kinzer earned one battle star for service in World War II
Sold to Taiwan, 21 April 1965, under terms of the Military Assistance Program, renamed ROCS Yu Shan (PF-44)
Pennant number changed to PF-32 and later to 826, then 832
Decommissioned, 1 July 1996
Last know disposition as of 1998, active in as a Fisheries Patrol Vessel
Displacement 1,630 t.(lt) 2,130 t.(fl)
Length 306' ovl.
Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
Boats four LCVP landing craft
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 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
three twin 40 mm gun mounts
six single 20 mm gun mounts
two depth charge tracks
two Babcox and Wilcox "D" Express type boilers, 435 PSI 750°
two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
Ship's Service Generators
two turbo-drive 300Kw 450V A.C.
two turbo-drive 40Kw 120V D.C.
two shafts, shaft horsepower 12,000
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| USS Kinzer (APD-91)
||Starboard side view of USS Kinzer (APD-91) at Charleston, S.C., 16 November 1944, wearing camouflage MS 31/20l. The vertical
colors should be dull black, navy green, ocean green, haze green and brown. Kinzer had been commissioned on 1 November 1944, after being modified from DE to APD while
US National Archives, US Navy Bureau of Ships, Photo # BS 74402, courtesy of C. Lee Johnson, usndazzle.com and US National
Archives photo # 80-G-59703
|Mike Green-BS 074402
Rick Davis - 80-G-59703
||USS Kinzer (APD-91) at anchor, date and location unknown.
||Jimmie Wilkerson for Junie Olaphant, 1945-46 USS Kinzer
||USS Kinzer (APD-91) and USS LCI(M)-632 moored in the ice
at Chingwangtao, China, February 1946. Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The
Elsie Item" March 2002 issue, courtesy of Robert M. Norris, USS LCI(M) 631).
| ROCS Yu Shan ( PF-32)
||Ex-USS Kinzer (APD-91) in the Republic of China service as ROCS Yu Shan (PF-32) under way, off Taiwan in 1974.
||Courtesy, Karsten Petersen, SAILOR - on the blue path of the World web site
||ROCS Yu Shan (PF-832) moored pierside at Republic of China Naval Base Su-Ao, circa 1985.
||ROCS Yu Shan (PF-832) crew photo taken on her decommissioning day, 1 July 1996.
USS Kinzer (APD-91)
Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Young, Richard Cody, USNR||11 November 1944 - 25 September 1945|
|02||LCDR. Bell, Arthur Scott,USNR||25 September 1945 - 1 January 1946
|03||LCDR. Frieden, Ralph Wilford, USNR||1 January 1946 - 18 December 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
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
USS Kinzer (APD-91) history eyewitness account by Graham S. Smith, CTRCS USN, Ret.
USS Kinzer (APD-91) history eyewitness account by Gilbert E. Wyatt SM1/c USN
Last Updated 23 October 2020
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