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USS Dorchester (APB-46)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Charlie - Yankee
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)

Benewah Class Self-propelled Barracks Ship:
  • Authorized as LST-1112
  • Redesignated General Stores Issue Ship named Dorchester (AKS-17), 8 December 1944
  • Redesignated Self-propelled Barracks Ship (APB-46)
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 12 April 1945
  • Commissioned USS Dorchester (APB-46), 15 June 1945, LT. William T. Roberts, Jr., USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Dorchester (APB-46) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Dorchester (APB-46) was assigned to Occupation service in Japan from 8 October 1945 to 4 March 1946
  • Decommissioned, 16 October 1946, at Vancouver WA. and laid up in Reserve
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1973
  • Withdrawn from the Pacific Reserve Fleet, 1 June 1974
  • Merchant Service
    Sold, 1 August 1974, to Pacific Fisheries, Inc., Vancouver, WA. for conversion to commercial service
    Converted in 1987 to a fish processing vessel, renamed Pacific Pride
    Sold circa 2002 to Trident Seafoods, of Seattle, WA., rename Alaska Packer
    Current Disposition, active in Alaska fisheries

    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 274
    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
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    five Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V Ship's Service Generators
    twin rudders
    two propellers, 1,600shp

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    USS Dorchester (APB-46)
    69k USS Dorchester (APB-46) probably returning to San Francisco from the Western Pacific on 9 April 1946.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 78558 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center and (10134602) courtesy
    Robert Hurst (10134601
    Mike Green (10134602)
    Commercial Service
    46k Ex-USS Dorchester (APB-46)) in commerical service as the fish factory ship Alaska Packer, date and location unknown.
    Photo from by apachio
    John Spivey

    USS Dorchester (APB-46)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Roberts Jr., William Thomas, USNR15 June 1945 - 20 December 1945
    02LT. Quartulli, Onofrio T., USNR20 December 1945 - 4 March 1946
    03LTjg. Spoeneman, Arthur L., USNR4 March 1946 - 1 April 1946
    04LTjg. Main, Edward Leland, USNR1 April 1946 - 16 October 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
    Alaska Packer photos located on the web site
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