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USS Walter S Gorka (APD-114)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Uniform - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

USS Walter S. Gorka (APD-114) was transferred to Ecuador
Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort - Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 3 April 1945, as Walter S Gorka (DE-604), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Co, Hingham MA.
  • Redesignated a Crosley Class High-speed Transport while under construction
  • Launched 26 May 1945
  • Commissioned USS Walter S Gorka (APD-114), 7 August 1945, CDR. Richard G. Werner, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned in January 1947 at Green Cove Springs FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs, Florida Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 June 1960
  • Transferred to Ecuador August 1961 for use as a power hulk
    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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    Hunter Marshall 45k USS Walter S. Gorka (APD-114) and USS Hunter Marshall (APD-112) laid up in reserve while moored in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at Green Cove Springs, Fl., date unknown.
    Photo courtesy of th State Archives of Florida.
    Don Wagner

    USS Walter S. Gorka (APD-114)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Werner, Richard Gordon, USNR7 August 1945 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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