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APA-1: USS Doyen

Doyen-class attack transport (6*)

Laid down, date unknown, as the Transport Doyen (AP-2), a Maritime Commission type (P1-S2-L2) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 181) at Consolidated Steel Co. Los Angeles CA.
Launched, 9 July 1942
Redesignated Attack Transport (APA-1), 1 February 1943
Acquired by the US Navy, 20 April 1943
Commissioned USS Doyen (APA-1), 22 May 1943, CDR. P. F. Dugan USN (23) in command
Decommissioned, 22 March 1946
Stuck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
USS Doyen earned six battle stars for World War II service
Transferred to Maritime Commission, 26 June 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson Rivier Group, Terrytown, N.Y.
Loaned, 15 May 1957, to Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay, MA.
Physically delivered, 24 October 1957
Renamed T.S. Bay State in December 1957
Loaned to the Maritime Administration, 28 February 1959, at Olympia, WA. to obtain parts
Returned to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 9 March 1959
Returned to the Maritime Administration, 23 January 1973, at Buzzards Bay, MA.
Final Disposition, sold at Buzzards Bay for conversion to a barge, 23 January 1974, to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp., (PD-X-970, dated 14 December 1973) for $90,421.33. Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, and delivered, 12 February 1974, to River Development Corp., Kearny, N.J.

APA-2: USS Harris

Harris-class attack transport (10*)

Built as SS Pine State in 1921 at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Sparrows Point, MD. Purchased by Admiral Orient Lines, renamed SS President Grant in 1922
Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Commission, 17 July 1940
Converted to a Naval Transport at Todd Shipyard, Seattle, WA.
Commissioned USS Harris (AP-8), 19 August 1940, LCDR. A. M. Van Eaton in command
Reclassified as an Attack Transport (APA-2), 1 February 1943
During World War II USS Harris (AP-8) was first assigned to the European Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Decommissioned, 16 April 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS Harris earned ten battle stars for World War II service
• Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 28 June 1946, at Davisville, R.I.
• Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., 3 July 1946
• Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 30 December 1947, to American Shipbreakers Inc. (PD-X-401 dated 10 July 1947), withdrawn 29 July 1948

APA-3: USS Zelin

Harris-class attack transport (8*)

Laid down, date unknown, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock, Newport News, VA.
Completed as the passenger-cargo liner SS Silver State, 16 May 1921, for the Pacific Steamship Line, then the Orient Line and the Dollar Line, and finally the American Mail Line; renamed SS President Jackson, 23 June 1922
SS President Jackson, was acquired by the US Navy in July 1940, and renamed Zeilin
Converted to a Transport at Todd-Seattle Drydock Co., Seattle, WA.
Commissioned USS Zeilin (AP-9), 3 January 1942, CAPT. Pat Buchanan USN in command
Redesignated Amphibious Attack Transport (APA-3), 26 November 1942
During World War II USS Zeilin was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Zeilin was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 16 to 25 October 1945
Decommissioned, 19 April 1946, at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
USS Zeilin earned eight battle stars for her World War II service
• Transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal, 3 July 1946
• Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, 24 July 1946
• Final Disposition, sold, 2 January 1948, for scrapping to American Shipbreakers Inc., (PD-X-401 of 10 July 1947) for $216,660. Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 3 May 1948

APA-4: USS McCawley

McCawley-class attack transport (5*)

• Completed in 1928 as the passenger steamer SS Santa Barbara at Furness Shipbuilding Co., Haverton Hill-on-Tees, England
• Acquired by the US Navy, 26 July 1940
Commissioned
USS McCawley (AP-10), 11 September 1940, CAPT. Harry D. McHenry USN in command
• During World War II
USS McCawley was initially assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
• Reclassified
(APA-4), 1 February 1943
Final Disposition, lost to enemy action off Rendova Island 30 June 1943
• Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS McCawley earned five battle stars for World War II service

APA-5: USS Barnett

McCawley-class attack transport (7*)

• Built in 1928 at Furness Ship Building Co., Haverton Hill-on-Tees, England, as the passenger steamer SS Santa Maria
• Launched in 1928
• Delivered to her owners Grace Steamship Co.(Grace Lines), date unknown
• Purchased by the US Navy in August 1940, from Grace Lines
• Converted for naval service at Todd-Shipyards, Corp., Hoboken, N.J.
• Commissioned
USS Barnett (AP-11), 25 September 1940, at New York Navy Yard, CAPT. Lyell S. Pamperin USN in command
• During World War II
USS Barnett was assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
• While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
USS Barnett came under the command of
TransRon Ten, CAPT. B. Bartlett USN (22); TransDiv One
• Reclassified
Attack Transport (APA-5), 1 February 1943
• Decommissioned, 30 April 1946, at Newport, RI
• Struck from the Navy Register, 21 May 1946
USS Barnett earned seven battle stars for World War II service
• Transferred to the War Shipping Administration, 3 July 1946, for disposal at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
• Sold, 25 February 1948 to M.S. Surrimento S.P.A. (Achille Lauro Ltd.), (PD-X-420) for $613,000.00, Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 13 April 1948, reflagged Italian, renamed SS Achille Lauro I
• Final Disposition, scrapped at La Spezia, Italy, September 1966

APA-6: USS Heywood

Heywood-class attack transport (7*)

• Laid down in 1919, as SS Steadfast at Bethlehem Steel Corp., Alameda, CA.
• Acquired by Panama Pacific Lines and renamed
SS City of Baltimore
• Acquired by the Navy, 26 October 1940
• Converted to a
Transport and renamed Heywood
• Commissioned
USS Heywood (AP-12), 7 November 1940, at Portland, OR.. CAPT. Rivers J. Carstarphen USN in command
• Reclassified
Amphibious Attack Transport, (APA-6), 1 February 1943
• During WWII
USS Heywood was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twelve, COMO. H.B. Knowles USN (17); TransDiv Thirty-Five, CAPT. R.C. Bartman
• Following World War II
USS Heywood was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East in September and October 1945
• Decommissioned, 16 April 1946, at Boston, MA.
• Struck from the Naval Register, 3 June 1946
USS Heywood earned seven battle stars for World War II service
• Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 2 July 1946 for disposal, name reverted to SS City of Baltimore
• Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 30 April 1957, to Bethlehem Steel Corp.(PD-X-533 dated 29 March 1957) for $228, 464.00, withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 8 Mary 1957

APA-X: USS George F. Elliott

Elliott-class attack transport (1*)

Lost in action before the APA designation was initiated in February 1943

• Laid down in 1918 at as
SS War Haven at Bethlehem Steel Corp., Alameda, CA. for the United States Shipping Board (USSB)
• Completed for the USSB and acquired by the US Navy, 19 October 1918
• Acquired by the US Navy and commissioned
USS Victorious (ID-3514), 21 October 1918
• Decommissioned and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register, 24 February 1919, at New York
• Returned to the United States Shipping Board for disposal
• Acquired by the Baltimore Mail S.S. Co. in 1931, renamed
SS City of Havre, lengthened and passenger accommodations added
• Acquired by Panama Pacific Lines in 1938, and renamed
SS City of Los Angeles
• Acquired by the US Navy, 30 October 1940
Converted to a Naval Transport
(AP)
• Commissioned
USS George F. Elliott (AP-13), 10 January 1941, CAPT. Harry G. Patrick in command
• During World War II
USS George F. Elliott was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific
Lost to enemy action, 8 August 1942, in Iron Bottom Sound during the invasion of Guadalcanal
• Struck from the Naval Register, 2 October 1942
USS George F. Elliott was awarded one battle star for World War II service

APA-7: USS Fuller

Heywood-class attack transport (9*)

Laid down in 1919 as SS War Wave for the British Admiralty at Bethlehem Steel Corp, Alameda, CA.
Completed as SS Archer for the US Shipping Board, San Francisco
Acquired by the Baltimore Mail Steamship Co., lengthened to 493 ft. and extensively modified in the later 1920s for passenger and cargo service
Placed in service by the Baltimore Mail Steamship Co. as the SS City of Newport News in 1931
Acquired by the Panama Pacific Line in 1938 
Acquired by the US Navy, 12 November 1940
Commissioned USS Fuller (AP-14), 9 April 1941, CAPT. P. S. Theiss USN in command 
Redesignated Attack Transport (APA-7), 1 February 1943
During WWII USS Fuller was assigned first to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and then to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater: TransRon Twelve, COMO. H.B. Knowles USN (17); TransDiv Thirty-Six, CAPT. G.W. Johnson USN (18)
Following World War II USS Fuller was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far in September through November 1945
Decommissioned, 20 March 1946, at Seattle, WA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 26 June 1946
USS Fuller earned nine battle stars for World War II service
• Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 1 July 1946, for layup in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
• Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 April 1957, to Dulien Steel Products Co., Seattle, WA. (PD-X-532) for $243,789.00, Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 22 April 1957

APA-8: USS William P. Biddle

Heywood-class attack transport (7*)

Laid down (date unknown) for the British government as SS War Surf at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Alameda, CA.
Completed in 1919 under USSB contract as SS Eclipse
Acquired by Baltimore Mail Steamship Co, Baltimore, MD., circa 1929
Reconstructed at Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Kearny, N.J.
Renamed SS City of Hamburg
Acquired by Panama Pacific Lines in 1939, renamed SS City of San Francisco
Acquired by the US Navy, 13 November 1940, simultaneously commissioned "in ordinary" USS William P. Biddle (AP-15), CAPT. Campbell D. Edgar USN in command 
Converted for Naval service as a Transport at Moore Dry Dock Co., Oakland, CA.
Placed in full commission, 3 February 1941, CAPT. Campbell D. Edgar in command 
Reclassified Amphibious Attack Transport(APA-8), 1 February 1943
During World War II USS William P. Biddle was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle EAst Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS William P. Biddle came under the command of TransRon Thirteen, COMO. M. O. Carlson USN (16); TransDiv Thirty-Eight CAPT. P.P. Welch USN (18)
Decommissioned, 9 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
USS William P. Biddle earned seven battle stars for World War II service
• Turned over to the Maritime Commission, 17 July 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
• Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 March 1957, to Boston Metals, Baltimore, MD., removed from reserve 11 April 1957

APA-9: USS Neville

Heywood-class attack transport (5*)

Laid down as the three-masted screw steamer SS War Harbour for the British Admiralty at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Alameda, CA.
Completed as SS Independence for the War Shipping Board, San Francisco, 16 November 1918
Acquired by the US Navy, commissioned USS Independence (ID # 3676), 18 November 1918, LCDR. O. P. Rankin in command
Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service
Decommissioned, 20 March 1919, and returned to the United States Shipping Board (USSB) for merchant service
Converted to turbo-electric drive in 1921
Acquired by the Baltimore Mail Steamship Co. in 1930, renamed SS City of Norfolk
Rebuilt in 1931 for Baltimore Mail Steamship Co, to a 8,424 g.t. passenger/cargo ship
Transferred in 1938 to the Panama Pacific Line
Reacquired by the Navy, 14 December 1940 for use as a Transport
Converted for Naval Service at Williamette Steel and Iron Co., Portland OR.
Commissioned USS Neville (AP-16), 14 May 1941, CAPT. Carlos A. Bailey in command
Reclassified Amphibious Attack Transport, (APA-9), 1 February 1943
During WWII USS Neville was assigned to both the Asiatic-Pacific and the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theaters
Decommissioned and Struck from the Naval Register, 30 April 1946, at New York, N.Y.
USS Neville earned 5 battle stars for World War II service
• Towed from New York City to Davisville, R.I., 16 July 1946
• Returned to the War Shipping Administration, 16 July 1946 at Davisville, R. I. for disposal
• Towed to the James River National Defense Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, VA., berthed, 19 July 1946
• Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 March 1957, to North American Smelting Corp, Fieldsboro, N.J. (PD-X-532 for $256,188) Withdrawn, 10 April 1957

APA-10: USS Harry Lee

Harry Lee-class attack transport (7*)

Built in 1931 by New York Shipbuilding Corp, Camden, N.J. as SS Exochorda for the American Export Line
Acquired by the Navy, 30 October 1940
Renamed Harry Lee, and converted for naval service as a Transport at Tietjen and Lang Dry Dock Co., Hoboken, N.J.
Commissioned USS Harry Lee (AP-17), 27 December 1940, CAPT. Robert P. Hinrichs USN in command
During World War II USS Harry Lee was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in six campaigns
While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS Harry Lee came under the command of
TransRon Eleven, COMO. D. W. Loomis USN (18); TransDiv Thirty-One
Reclassified an Attack Transport (APA-10), 1 February 1943
Following World War II USS Harry Lee was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 12 to 18 October 1945
Decommissioned, 9 May 1946, at New York City
Laid up. 12 September 1946, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Group, Terrytown, N.Y.,
Struck from the Naval Register, 20 September 1946
USS Harry Lee earned seven battle stars for World War II service
• Merchant Service:
Sold to Turkey, 16 September 1947, for $320,000, removed the same day, renamed SS Tarsus
• Final Disposition, destroyed by fire, 14 December 1960, in a three ship collision in the Bosphorus Strait

APA-11: USS Ferland

Doyen-class attack transport (6*)

Laid down, date unknown, as Feland (AP-18) a Maritime Commission (P1-S2-L2) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 182) at Consolidated Steel Co. Los Angeles, CA.
Launched, 10 November 1942
Reclassified Attack Transport APA-11, 1 February 1943
Commissioned USS Feland (APA-11), 21 June 1943, CAPT. Clinton A. Misson USN in command
During WWII USS Feland was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Eleven, COMO. D. W. Loomis USN (18) TransDiv Thirty-Three, CAPT. S. M. Haight USN (18) and participated in the six Pacific campaigns
Decommissioned, 15 March 1946, at Seattle, WA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1946
USS Feland earned six battle stars for World War II service
• Transferred, 28 June 1946, to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
• Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 February 1964, Zidell Explorations, Portland, OR. (PD-X-657) for $58,689.18, withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 16 March 1964

APA-12: USS Leonard Wood

Harris-class attack transport (8*)

Laid down in 1921 as SS Nutmeg State under a United State Shipping Board (USSB) contract at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Sparrows Point, MD.
Entered commercial service, 9 May 1922
Renamed SS Western World, date unknown
Purchased by the War Department in 1939
Renamed USAT Leonard Wood
Acquired by the Navy, 3 June 1941
Commissioned USS Leonard Wood (AP-25), 10 June 1941, CDR. H. G. Bradbury, USCG in command
Reclassified Attack Transport (APA-12), 1 February 1943
During World War II USS Leonard Wood was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Eleven (flagship) COMO. D. W. Loomis USN (13); TransDiv Thirty-One
Following World War II USS Leonard Wood (APA-12) was assigned to Occupation service from 24 November t o5 December 1945
Decommissioned, 22 March 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
USS Leonard Wood earned eight battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service
• Returned to the Army pending transfer to the Maritime Commission
• Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 20 June 1948, to Consolidated Builders Inc. (PD-X-395), for $65,750.00

APA-13: Joseph T. Dickman

Harris-class attack transport (6*)

• Laid down, 20 July 1920, for the Emergency Fleet Corp as Passenger/Cargo Liner SS Peninsula State under USSB Contract # 2584 at New York Shipbuilding Corp, Camden, N.J., assigned to the United States Mail Line
• Launched 6 July 1921
• Delivered 8 February 1922
• Renamed
SS President Pierce in May 1922
• Transferred to the United States Lines in August 1922, renamed
SS President Roosevelt
• Taken over by the War Department in October 1940 for conversion to a troopship, renamed
USAT Joseph T. Dickman
• Converted to a troopship by Atlantic Basin Iron Works of Brooklyn, N.Y.
• Transferred to the US Navy, 27 May 1941
• Commissioned
USS Joseph T. Dickman (AP-26) at the New York Navy Yard, 10 June 1941, LCDR. C.W. Harwood, USCG, in command
• Reclassified
Attack Transport (APA-13), 1 February 1943
• During WWII
USS Joseph T. Dickman (APA-13) was assigned first to the Europe-Africa Middle East Theater and participated in five campaigns
• Following service in the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater
USS Joseph T. Dickman (APA-13) was re-assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Eighteen COMO. J.G. Moyer USN (14); TransDiv Fifty-Four, CAPT. J.R. Lannom USN (19) and participated in the Okinawa campaigns
• Decommissioned, 7 March 1946 and returned to the Maritime Commission
• Struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1946
USS Joseph T. Dickman earned six battle stars for World War II service
• Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 22 January 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group, Benecia, CA.
• Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 31 December 1947, to the Kaiser Co. (PD-X-395), for scrapping, withdrawn from the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, 9 January 1948

APA-14: USS Hunter Liggett

Harris-class attack transport (6*)

• Laid down, 20 July 1920, for the Emergency Fleet Corp as Passenger/Cargo Liner SS Peninsula State under USSB Contract # 2584 at New York Shipbuilding Corp, Camden, N.J., assigned to the United States Mail Line
• Launched 6 July 1921
• Delivered 8 February 1922
• Renamed
SS President Pierce in May 1922
• Transferred to the United States Lines in August 1922, renamed
SS President Roosevelt
• Taken over by the War Department in October 1940 for conversion to a troopship, renamed
USAT Joseph T. Dickman
• Converted to a troopship by Atlantic Basin Iron Works of Brooklyn, N.Y.
• Transferred to the US Navy, 27 May 1941
• Commissioned
USS Joseph T. Dickman (AP-26) at the New York Navy Yard, 10 June 1941, LCDR. C.W. Harwood, USCG, in command
• Reclassified
Attack Transport (APA-13), 1 February 1943
• During WWII
USS Joseph T. Dickman (APA-13) was assigned first to the Europe-Africa Middle East Theater:
and participated in the 5 campaigns
• Following service in the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater
USS Joseph T. Dickman (APA-13) was re-assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Eighteen COMO. J.G. Moyer USN (14); TransDiv Fifty-Four, CAPT. J.R. Lannom USN (19) and participated in the assault on Okinawa Gunto
• Decommissioned, 7 March 1946 and returned to the Maritime Commission
• Struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1946
USS Joseph T. Dickman earned six battle stars for World War II service
• Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, MD., 30 January 1948

APA-15: USS Henry T. Allen

Harris-class attack transport (3*)

• Laid down at New York Shipbuilding Corp, Camden, N.J. as an Army Transport under USSB contract
• Launched in 1920
• Completed in 1921
• Placed in merchant service with Pacific Steamship Co. as
SS Wenatchee
• Purchased by Admiral Orient Line in November 1922, renamed
SS President Jefferson
• Laid up at Seattle, WA. in 1938
• Purchased by the Army in 1938; renamed
USAT Henry T Allen
• Acquired by the Navy, 6 December 1941, and placed in reduced commission for transit to Moore Dry Dock Co., Oakland, CA., for conversion to a
Naval Transport
• Commissioned in full as
USS Henry T. Allen (AP-30), 22 April 1942, CAPT. Paul A. Stevens USN in command.
• During World War II
USS Henry T. Allen (AP-30 / APA-15) was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
• Reclassified,
Attack Transport (APA-15), 1 February 1943
• Decommissioned, 5 February 1946, and returned to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
• Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
USS Henry T. Allen (AP-30 / APA-15) earned three battle stars for World War II service
• Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 2 January 1948, to Boston Metals • Co., Baltimore MD. (PD-X-401 dated 7 October 1947), withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet and delivered NASSCO

APA-16: USS J. Franklin Bell

Harris-class attack transport (7*)

• Laid down, 13 May 1919, for the Emergency Fleet Corp., as the passenger/cargo liner SS Keystone State under USSB contract # 2579 at New York Shipbuilding Corp, Camden, N.J.
• Launched, 15 May 1920
• Delivered, 28 May 1921, to the Pacific Steamship Co.
• Renamed
SS President McKinley, 9 June 1922
• Turned over to the Admiral Orient LIne, 21 December 1922
• Laid up at Seattle in 1938
• Purchased by the War Department, 26 October 1940, for conversion to a troopship
• Renamed
USAT J. Franklin Bell
Transferred to the Navy, 26 December 1941
• Converted to a
Naval Transport
• Commissioned
USS J. Franklin Bell (AP-34), 2 April 1942, CAPT. Herbert J. Grassie USN in command
• Reclassified an
Attack Transport (APA-16), 1 February 1943
• During WWII
USS J. Franklin Bell was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater, TransRon Twelve, COMO. H.B Knowles USN (17); TransDiv Thirty-Four and participated in seven campaigns
• Following World War II
USS J. Franklin Bell was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 11 to 22 October 1945
• Decommissioned and returned to the US Army, 21 March 1946
• Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
USS J. Franklin Bell earned seven battle stars for World War II service
• Transferred to the Maritime Commission by the War Department, 12 February 1947, at Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
• Withdrawn from the National Defense Reserve Fleet, 2 April 1948, by agent National Steel and Shipbuilding CO (NASSCO) San Diego, CA.
• Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 2 January 1848, by the Maritime Commission to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore MD.

APA-17: USS American Legion

Harris-class attack transport (2*)

• Laid down, 11 October 1919, as the passenger ship SS Badger State, at New York Shipbuilding Corp, Camden, N.J., under a United States Shipping Board (USSB) contract
• Launched 1921
• Delivered to the USSB, 15 July 1921, for lay up in the reserve fleet
Sold, 18 December 1925 to Muston Line, for operation between New York and South America
• Laid up, 13 March 1939, at Patuxent River, MD.
• Acquired by the US Army Transportation Corps and placed in commission as
USAT American Legion in February 1940
• Acquired by the Navy from the War Department, 22 August 1941
Commissioned
USS American Legion (AP-35), 26 August 1941, CDR. Thomas. D. Warner in command
• Converted to a
Naval Transport, at Atlantic Basin Iron Works, Brooklyn, N.Y.
• Redesignated
Attack Transport (APA-17), 1 February 1943
• During WWII
American Legion was assigned first to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in two campaigns
USS American Legion received two battle stars for her World War II service
• Decommissioned, 20 March 1946, at Olympia, WA., and returned to the War Department the same day
• Struck from the Naval Register, 20 March 1946
• Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 February 1948, to Zidell Ship Dismantling Co., of Portland, OR.

APA-18: USS President Jackson

President Jackson-class attack transport (9*)

• Laid down, 2 October 1939, as Maritime Commission type (C3 P & C) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 53) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Corp. Newport News VA.
• Launched, 7 June 1940
• Delivered to American President Lines, 25 October 1940
• Acquired by the Navy, 30 June 1941
• Commissioned
USS President Jackson (AP-37), 16 January 1942, CDR. Charles W. Weitzel USN in command
• Reclassified
Attack Transport (APA-18), 1 February 1943
• During WWII
USS President Jackson was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater: TransRon Eleven, COMO. D.W. Loomis USN (18); TransDiv Thirty-Two (flagship), CAPT. C.W. Weitzel and participated in nine campaigns
• Following World War II
USS President Jackson was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far
• Transferred to Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) control, 22 October 1949, redesignated
(T-AP-18)
• During the Korean War
USS President Jackson participated four campaigns
• Decommissioned, 6 July 1955, at San Francisco Naval Shipyard
• Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
USS President Jackson earned nine battle stars for World War II service and four battle stars for Korean War service
• Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 1 December 1958, for disposal
• Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 23 April 1973, to N.W. Kennedy Ltd. (Canada), % Mitsui & Co. (PD-X-957 dated 15 March 1973) for $467,390.00. Delivered 15 May 1973

APA-19:USS President Adams

President Jackson-class attack transport (9*)

Laid down, 6 June 1940, as a Maritime Commission type (C3 P & C) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 57) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Corp., Newport News, VA.
Launched, 31 June 1941
Completed and delivered the US Navy, 5 June 1941
Converted to Naval service as a Transport at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
Commissioned USS President Adams (AP-38), 19 November 1941, CDR. Carl W. Brewington USN in command
During WWII USS President Adams was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater: TransRon Eleven, COMO. D.W. Loomis USN (18); TransDiv Thirty-Two, CAPT. C.W. Weitzel and participated in nine campaigns
Redesignated Attack Transport (APA-19), 1 February 1943
Following World War II USS President Adams was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far
Decommissioned, 14 June 1950, at San Francisco, CA.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
Struck from the Naval Register and transferred to the Maritime Commission, 1 October 1958, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
USS President Adams earned nine battle stars for World War II service
Title transferred to the Maritime Administration, 15 December3 1958
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 22 January 1973, to National Metal & Steel Corp. (PD-X-952 dated 13 December 1972) for $78,911.78, Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 7 February 1973 for scrapping in Taiwan

APA-20: USS President Hayes

President Jackson-class attack transport (7*)

Laid down, 26 December 1939, as SS President Hayes, a Maritime Commission type (C3 P & C) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 55), at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, VA.
Launched, 4 October 1940
Completed and delivered to American President Lines, 20 February 1941
Acquired by the Navy, 7 July 1941
Commissioned USS President Hayes (AP-39), 15 December 1941, CDR. Francis Wyse Benson USN in command
Redesignated Attack Transport, (APA-20), 1 February 1943
During World War II USS President Hayes was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater: TransRon Eleven, COMO. D.W. Loomis USN (18); TransDiv Thirty-Two, CAPT. C.W. Weitzel and participated in seven campaigns
Following World War II USS President Hayes was assigned to Occupation service from 1 to 29 October 1945
Decommissioned, 30 June 1949, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Stockton Group, Stockton, CA., 28 November 1950
Struck from the Naval Register and transferred to the Maritime Administration, 1 October 1958, for lay up in the National Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
USS President Hayes earned seven battle stars for World War II service
Permanent custody transferred to the Maritime Administration, 23 October 1958
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 8 May 1975, to Levin Metals Corp. (PD-X-996 dated 25 March 1975) for $ 381,777.00, Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 2 June 1975

APA-21: USS Crescent City

Crescent City-class attack transport (10*)

• Laid down as SS Delorleans, for Mississippi Shipping Co., as a Maritime Commission type (C3-P) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 49) at Bethlehem-Sparrows Point Shipyard Inc., Sparrows Point, MD.
• Launched, 17 February 1940
• Acquired by the Navy, 9 June 1941
• Converted to for Naval service at Alabama Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co., Mobile, AL.
• Commissioned
USS Crescent City (AP-40), 10 October 1941, CDR. Walter C. Calhoun USN in command
• Reclassified
Attack Transport (APA-21), 1 February 1943
• During World War II
Crescent City was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater: TransRon Twelve (flagship) COMO. H.B Knowles USN (17) [as of May 1945]; TransDiv Thirty-Four and participated in ten campaigns
• Following World War II
USS Crescent City was assigned to Occupation and China
• Decommissioned, 30 April 1948, at San Francisco, CA.
• Transferred to the Maritime Commission in September 1946 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
• Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS Crescent City was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation, and earned 10 battle stars for World War II service
• Loaned by the
Maritime Administration (MARAD) to the California Maritime Academy in May 1971, renamed TS Golden Bear II
• Returned to the MARAD in 1995, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
• Custody transferred by MARAD to Artship Foundation, Oakland CA., August 1999, renamed
Artship
• Final Disposition, sold in February 2004 for possible scrapping.

APA-22: USS Jospeh Hewes

Joseph Hewes-class attack transport (1*)

Originally AP-50. APA # not actually used as ship was lost before the APA designations were assigned in February, 1943

• Built in 1930 as
SS Excalibur at New York Shipbuilding Co., Camden, N.J.
• Acquired by the US Navy, 8 January 1942
• Commissioned
USS Joseph Hewes (AP-50), 1 May 1942, CAPT. Robert McLanhan Smith Jr. in command
• During World War II
USS Joseph Hewes was assigned to the European-African-Middle East Theater and participated in Algeria-Morocco campaign
Final Disposition, sunk by the German Submarine U-173 torpedo attack, 11 November 1942, at Fedala Roads, Morocco
• Struck from the Naval Register, 7 December 1942
USS Joseph Hewes received one battle star for World War II service

APA-23: USS John Penn

Harry Lee-class attack transport (1*)

• Laid down, 25 October 1930 SS Excambion for the American Export Line at New York Shipbuilding Co., Camden. N.J.
• Launched, 28 May 1931
• Delivered to American Export Line, 4 August 1931
• Acquired by the US Navy, 8 January 1942, and converted to a
Naval Transport
• Commissioned
USS John Penn (AP-51), 6 April 1942, CAPT. Harry W. Need in command
During World War II
USS John Penn was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the North African occupation; later reassigned to the Asiatic-Pacific
• Reclassified
Attack Transport (APA-23), 1 February 1943
Final Disposition, lost to enemy action, 13 August 1943, off Lunga Point Guadalcanal
• Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS John Penn earned one battle star for World War II service

APA-24: USS Edward Rutledge

Edward Rutledge-class attack transport (1*)

Lost in action before the APA designation was initiated in February 1943

• Built in 1931 as SS Exeter at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
• Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 7 January 1942
• Converted to a Naval Transport at Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, FL.
• Commissioned USS
Edward Rutledge (AP-52), 18 April 1942. CAPT. Myron Wells Hutchinson, Jr., in command
• During World War II USS Edward Rutledge was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the Algerian-Morocco landings.
Final Disposition, sunk by the German Submarine U-130 torpedo attack, 12 November 1942, at Fedhala Roads, Morocco
• Struck from the Naval Register, 7 December 1942
• USS Edward Rutledge earned one battle star for World War II service

APA-25: USS Arthur Middleton

Arthur Middleton-class attack transport (6*)

• Laid down, 1 July 1940, as SS African Comet, a Maritime Commission type (C3-P&C) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 106) at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, MS.
• Launched, 28 June 1941
• Acquired by the Navy, 6 January 1942, from American South African Lines, Inc.
• Converted for Naval service at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, CA.
• Commissioned USS
Arthur Middleton (AP-55), 7 September 1942, CDR. P. K. Perry, USCG, in command
• USS
Arthur Middleton was manned the US Coast Guard during World War II
• Redesignated Attack Transport (APA-25), 1 February 1943
• During World War II USS
Arthur Middleton was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater: TransRon Twelve, COMO. H.B. Knowles USN (17); TransDiv Thirty-Five, CAPT. R.C. Bartman and participated in six Pacific campaigns
• Coast Guard crew turned USS
Arthur Middleton over to the Naval Transportation Service (NTS), 8 February 1946
• Decommissioned, 21 October 1946, at Norfolk VA.
• Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
• Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
• USS
Arthur Middleton earned six battle stars for World War II service
Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 3 March 1959, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet James River, Lee Hall, VA..
• Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 May 1973, to Consolidated Steel Corp., Brownsville, TX. (PD-X-956, dated 4 April 1973) for $96,666.00, withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 10 August 1973

APA-26: USS Samuel Chase

Arthur Middleton-class attack transport (5*)

• Laid down, 31 August 1940, as SS African Meteor, a Maritime Commission type (C3-P&C) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 107) at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, MS.
• Launched, 23 August 1941
• Acquired by the US Navy, 5 February 1942
• Commissioned
USS Samuel Chase (AP-56), 13 June 1942, CDR. Roger C. Heimer, USCG, in command
• Redesignated
Attack Transport (APA-26), 1 February 1943
• During World War II
USS Samuel Chase was first assigned to the European-Africa-Middle East Theater TransDiv One flagship and participated in five campaigns
• While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
USS Samuel Chase (APA-26) came under the command of:
TransRon Seventeen, COMO. T.B. Brittan USN (20); TransDiv Fifty, CAPT. R.W. Abbot USN (20)
• Following World War II
USS Samuel Chase was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East
• Decommissioned, 26 February 1947, at Norfolk. VA.
• Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
• Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
USS Samuel Chase earned five battle stars for her World War II service
• Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration, 11 February 1959
• Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, to Consolidated Steel Corp, Brownsville TX., 9 May 1973, (PD-X-958 dated 4 April 1973) for $116,000.00, withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 10 August 1973

APA-27: USS George Clymer

Arthur Middleton-class attack transport (6*)

• Laid down as SS African Planet, a Maritime Commission type (C3-P&C) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 108) at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, MS.
• Launched, 27 September 1941
• Renamed
George Clymer, 9 June 1942
• Acquired by the Navy and Commissioned as
USS George Clymer (AP-57), 15 June 1942, CAPT. Arthur T. Moen in command
• Redesignated
Attack Transport (APA-27), 1 February 1943
During World War II
USS George Clymer (AP-57 / APA-27) was assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and Asiatic-Pacific Theater: TransRon Twelve, COMO. H.B. Knowles USN (17); TransDiv Thirty-Five, CAPT. R.C. Bartman and participating in ine African and five Pacific campaigns
• Following World War II
USS George Clymer was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East
USS George Clymer (APA-27) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.3.1 Transportation Group (Transportation Division (TRANSDIV 31) for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
• During the Korean War
USS George Clymer (APA-27) participated in seven Korean campaigns
• During the Vietnam War
USS George Clymer (APA-27) participated in three campaigns
• Decommissioned, 31 October 1967, at San Diego, CA.
• Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS George Clymer earned six battle stars for World War II, seven battle stars for Korean War service. the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with three campaign stars for Vietnam War service
• Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 July 1968, to National Metals & Steel Corp.

APA-28: USS Charles Carroll

Crescent City-class attack transport (6*)

• Laid down, 24 March 1942, as SS Del Uruguay, a Maritime Commission type (C3P-Delta) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 150) for the Mississippi Shipping Co. at Bethlehem Steel Corp. Sparrow Point, MD.
• Commissioned
USS Charles Carroll (AP-58), 13 August 1942, CDR. Harold Biesemeier in command
• Redesignated
Attack Transport APA-28, 1 February 1943
• During World War II
USS Charles Carroll was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in five campaigns and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, participating in the Okinawa Gunto operation
• When assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
USS Charles Carroll came under the command of: TransRon Eighteen, COMO. J. G. Moyer USN (14): TransDiv Fifty-Two
• Following World War II
USS Charles Carroll was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East
• Decommissioned, 27 December 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
• Laid up in the San Francisco Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet
• Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
USS Charles Carroll earned six battle stars for World War II service
• Custody transferred to the
Maritime Administration (MARAD), 29 October 1958
• Disposed of by MARAD sale, 1 April 1977
• Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 12 April 1977, to General Metals, Inc., Tacoma WA. (PD-X-1016 for 119,900.00), Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 2 May 1977

APA-29: USS Thomas Stone

President Jackson-class attack transport (1*)

• Laid down, 12 August 1940, as SS President Van Buren, a Maritime Commission type (C3-A) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 58) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Newport News, VA.
• Launched, 1 May 1941
• Delivered to American President Lines, 11 September 1941
• Acquired by the US Navy, 14 January 1942
• Converted to a
Naval Transport
• Commissioned
USS Thomas Stone (AP-59), 18 May 1942, CAPT. O. R. Bennehoff in command
• During World War II
USS Thomas Stone was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the Tunisian campaign
• Reclassified as
Attack Transport (APA-29), 1 February 1943
Decommissioned, 1 April 1944, due to torpedo damage
• Struck from the Naval Register, 8 April 1944
USS Thomas Stone earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold to Le Material Economique, Algiers for Scrapping

AP-73: USS Leedstown

Leedstown-class attack transport (1*)

Originally AP-73 APA # not actually used as ship was lost before the APA designations were assigned in February, 1943

• Built in 1933 as SS Santa Lucia at Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co. Kearny, N.J.
• Acquired by the US Navy, 6 August 1942
• Commissioned
USS Leedstown (AP-73), 24 September 1942. LCDR. Duncan Cook in command
• During World War II
USS Leedstown (AP-73) was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the North African campaign
• Final Disposition, hit by enemy torpedo, possibly from
U-331, and sunk, 8 November 1942, near Cape Matifou, Algiers
• Struck from the Naval Register, 7 December 1942
USS Leedstown was awarded one battle star for World War II service

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