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USS Blackford (APB-45)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

Benewah Class Self-propelled Barracks Ship
  • Authorized as LST-1111
  • Redesignated General Stores Issue Ship, Blackford (AKS-16), 8 December 1944
  • Laid down, 2 January 1945, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Redesignated Self-propelled Barracks Ship (APB-45), 6 March 1945
  • Launched, 9 April 1945
  • Commissioned USS Blackford (APB-45), 9 June 1945, at Navy Supply Depot, New Orleans LA., LT. Archie E. Lorance Jr. USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Blackford (APB-45) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Blackford was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 5 to 30 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 26 April 1947, at Orange, TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 April 1960
  • Sold for commercial service to Collins Submarine Pipeline(Marine Diamond) in 1963, apparently not scrapped as reported by DANFS
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target by the South African Navy circa 1968-70
    APB Specifications:
    Displacement 4,000 t.
    Length 328'
    Beam 50'
    Draft 11' 2"
    Speed 12 kts.
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 125
    Troop Accommodation
    Officers 28
    Enlisted 275
    Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
    two quad 40mm AA gun mounts
    twenty .50 and .30 cal machine guns
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 4,485 Bbls
    two General Motors 12-567A Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    five Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V Ship's Service Generators
    twin rudders
    two propellers, 1,600shp

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    Blackford 59k USS Blackford (APB-45) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec
    Blackford 236k Ex- USS Blackford (APB-45) moored pierside at Beaumont, TX. after being withdrawn from the reserve fleet at Orange, TX. and towed to Beaumont, TX. for reactivation and 1963. The ship was retrofitted for commercial service for Collins Submarine Pipeline(Marine Diamond). Renamed APB-45, she was used for dredging operations in the mining of diamonds off the south-west coast of Africa until approximately 1968-70 at which time she was donated to the South African military and was used for bombing practice and ultimately sank. Jim Moore
    Blackford 359k Ex- USS Blackford (APB-45) drydocked at Beaumont TX, in 1963 while being retrofitted for commercial service for Collins Submarine Pipeline(Marine Diamond). Jim Moore

    USS Blackford (APB-45)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Lorance Jr., Archie E., USNR9 June 1945 - 28 September 1945
    02LT. Mauthe, Edward William, USNR28 September 1945 - 20 January 1946
    03LT. Burns, Donald F., USNR20 January 1946 - 10 August 1946
    04CHBOSN Hammond, Joseph Edward, USN10 August 1946 - 1 February 1947
    05unknown1 February 1947 - 26 April 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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