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USS Earheart (APD-113)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Whiskey - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

USS Earheart (APD-113) was transferred to Mexico and renamed ARM Papaloapan (B-4)
Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort - Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 20 March 1945, as Earheart (DE-603), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Co, Hingham MA.
  • Redesignated Crosley Class High-speed Transport APD-113 while under construction
  • Launched, 12 May 1945
  • Commissioned USS Earheart (APD-113), 26 July 1945, LCDR. Nathaniel M. Goodhue, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, 29 April 1946
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, St. Johns River
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 December 1963 and transferred to Mexico 12 December 1963
  • Commissioned in to the Mexican Navy as ARM H-4
  • Reclassified a Destroyer Escort in 1964 and renamed ARM Papaloapan (B-4)
  • Papaloapan ran aground in 1976
  • Final Disposition, discarded by the Mexican Navy and scrapped 1976
    APD Specifications:
    Displacement 1,630 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.
    12 Officers
    192 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    12 Officers
    150 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Boats four 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 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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    ARM Papaloapan (B-4)
    Earheart 38k Ex-USS Earheart (APD-113) in Mexican service as ARM Papaloapan (B-4) under way, circa 1966, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Earheart 247k Left to right, USS Earheart (APD-113), USS Kline (APD-120), USS Burke (APD-65) and on the opposite side of the pier USS Hubbard (APD-53) laid up in reserve at the US Navy's Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs Florida site, September 1960. John Chiquoine

    USS Earheart (APD-113)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Goodhue, Nathaniel Michael, USNR26 July 1945 - 15 December 1945
    02LTjg. Wise Jr., James Simon, USNR15 December 1945 - 2 April 1946
    03LT. Vaughn, Franklin James, USNR2 April 1946 - 29 April 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
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