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USS Kingman (APB-47)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Delta - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Benewah Class Self-propelled Barracks Ship:
  • Laid down, 8 January 1945, as LST-1113 at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Redesignated General Stores Issue Ship Kingman (AKS-18), 8 December 1944
  • Redesignated Self-propelled Barracks Ship (APB-47), 3 March 1945
  • Launched, 17 April 1945
  • Commissioned USS Kingman (APB-47), 17 April 1945, at New Orleans, LA., LT. Raymond J. Figaro USN in command
  • During World War II USS Kingman (APB-47) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 15 January 1947
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1977
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 19 November 1980, to Levin Metals Corp. (PD-X-1034 of 6 October 1980) for $450,000.00, part of a two ship group sale
    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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    84k USS Kingman (APB-47) underway, probably in early July 1945 shortly after commissioning and completing fitting out at New Orleans. Note the layout of this ship, with a single level deckhouse running most of the length of the ship, the pilot house forward, stack aft. She had kingposts and booms forward for use in loading supplies and passing them to the ships she supported. Also of note is the armament at the stern which is clearly visible, as is the arrangement of the two Welin davits amidships.
    US Navy photo #'s 19-N-86527, 19-N-86530 and 19-N-86531, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Robert Hurst

    USS Kingman (APB-47)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Figaro, Raymond Joseph, USN17 April 1945 - 9 September 1946
    02LCDR. Brashear, Troy, USN9 September 1946 - 9 September 1946
    03LCDR. Schreiber, Francis Albert, USNR9 September 1946 - 15 January 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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