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USS Don O. Woods (APD-118)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Tango - Echo
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 Don O. Woods (APD-118) was transferred to Mexico and renamed ARM Usumacinta

Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort / Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 1 December 1943, as Don O. Woods (DE-721), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 9 February 1944
  • Redesignated (APD-118), 17 July 1944
  • Ferried to Orange, TX. for fitting out as a Crosley Class High-speed Transport
  • Commissioned USS Don O. Woods (APD-118), 28 May 1945, at Consolidated Steel Corp, Orange, TX., LCDR Lawton H. Crosby, USNR, in command
  • Following World War II. USS Don O. Woods was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 10 to 26 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 18 June 1946, at San Pedro CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 December 1963
  • Transferred to Mexico, renamed ARM Usumacinta, later renamed ARM Miguel Hidalgo
  • Final Disposition, struck from the Mexican Navy List in 2002
    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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    Dan O Woods 140k USS Don O. Woods (APD-118) at anchor, date and location unknown. M. V. Warren
    Dan O Woods 55k
    Dan O Woods 223k USS Don O. Woods (APD-118) underway, probably in the harbor at San Pedro, CA. in 1946.
    US Navy photo.
    Jim Kurrasch
    Battleship Iowa Pacific Battleship Center

    USS Don O Woods (APD-118)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Crosby, Lawton Henry, USNR28 May 1945 - September 1945
    02LT. Savidge, Richard George, USNRSeptember 1945 - December 1945
    03LT. Collins Jr., Cecil Bradford, USNRDecember 1945 - 18 June 1946
    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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