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USS Raymon W. Herndon (APD-121)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Charlie - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
USS Raymon W. Herndon (APD-121) was transferred to the Republic of China and renamed ROC Heng Shan
Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort / Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
Laid down, 12 June 1944, as Raymon W. Herndon (DE-688), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort, at Bethlehem Steel Co. Quincy, MA.
Launched, 15 July 1944
Redesignated a High-speed Transport, 17 July 1944
Commissioned USS Raymon W. Herndon (APD-121), 1 November 1944, LCDR. Samuel E. Hale, USNR, in command
During WWII USS Raymon W. Herndon was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater TransDiv One Hundred Three, CDR. W. S. Parsons, USN
and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 19 June 1945
Following World War II USS Raymon W. Herndon was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|6 to 12 September 1945||17 December 1945 to 14 April 1946
|24 September to 16 December 1945||
Decommissioned, 15 November 1946, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
Transferred to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Norfolk Group in April 1963
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1966
Sold to Taiwan under the Military Assistance Program in October 1966, renamed ROC Heng Shan
Final Disposition, struck by the Taiwanese Navy and broken up for scrap, date unknown
USS Raymon W. Herndon earned one battle star for World War II service
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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||Overhead view of USS Raymon W. Herndon (APD-121) under way, 14 April 1944, off the coast of New England. Photo by Naval Air Station Squantum, MA.
Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 92057. Courtesy of John C. Reilly, Jr.
||USS Raymon W. Herndon (APD-121) under way, circa 1944-1945. She is painted in a Camouflage Measure 31 or 32 pattern.
Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 67849.
|Mike Smolinski and
||While being transferred from Green Cove Springs Reserve Group to the Norfolk Reserve Group in April 1963 ex-USS Raymon W. Herndon (APD-121) made a brief stopover at Naval Station Charleston S.C. and there Mrs. Lee Herndon, the mother of the ship's name sake Marine PFC Raymon W. Herndon visited the ship and received the ships colors, nameplate and a photo of her son from Officer in Charge LTjg. J.W. Scott.
Photo from "Navy Times" of 10 April 1963.
USS Raymon W. Herndon (APD-121)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Hale, Samuel Elijah, USNR||3 November 1944 - March 1946|
|02||LTjg. Sherwood Jr., H. M., USNR||March 1946 - 1 September 1946|
|03||LTjg. Van Vleck, Marvin Earl, USNR||1 September 1946 - 15 November 1946|
Navy Cross Citation for Private First Class Raymon W. Herndon , United States Marine Corps
|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
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Last Updated 10 April 2020
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