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USS Vanderburgh (APB-48)

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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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Benewah Class Self-propelled Barracks Ship
  • Laid down, 12 January 1945, as LST-1114 at Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Redesignated General Stores Issue Ship, named Presque Isle (AKS-19), 8 January 1945
  • Renamed Vanderburgh (AKS-19), 17 February 1945
  • Redesignated Self-propelled Barracks Ship, Vanderburgh (APB-48), 31 March 1945
  • Launched, 20 April 1945
  • Commissioned USS Vanderburgh (APB-48), 3 July 1945, at New Orleans, LA., LT. Hatch W. Williams Jr., USN, in command
  • Following World War II USS Vanderburgh was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 8 October 1945 to 7 March 1946
  • Decommissioned, 17 January 1947, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Stockton, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 April 1972
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 12 November 1972, to Mr. Ronald M. Fraser, of Portland, OR., withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 15 November 1972
    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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    49k Vanderburgh (APB-48) after completion of her fitting out. Probably on the Ohio River near her builders yard the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
    Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron from USS LST Ship Memorial, Inc. LST Shipyard Collection
    Tommy Trampp
    Vanderburgh 229k USS Vanderburgh (APB-48) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Gary Smith
    Vanderburgh 296k USS Vanderburgh (APB-48) laid up in reserve at Stockton, CA. date unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec
    Vanderburgh 885k USS Vanderburgh (APB-48) laid up in reserve at Mare Island in June 1967. Also recognizable in the photo are APL-3 inboard of Vanderburgh, USS Pelias (AS-14) to the right and USS Pine Island (AV-12) in the background.
    Photo # MINSY 79270-9-67 TH APB 48 from the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
    Darry Baker

    USS Vanderburgh (APB-48)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Williams Jr., Hatch Watson, USN3 July 1945 - 1 December 1945
    02LT. Pennington, Rich Harold, USNR1 December 1945 - 1 March 1946
    03LTjg. Galindo, Robert Albert, USNR1 March 1946 - 25 April 1946
    04LTjg. Jones, Preston Lawrence, USNR25 April 1946 - 16 May 1946
    05LTjg. Kleinmayer, David Edward, USNR16 May 1946 - 15 August 1946
    06LT. Stuntz, Chauncey Rollin, USN15 August 1946 - 21 September 1946
    07LT. Shipley, Alfred Kenneth, USN21 September 1946 - 17 January 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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