USS Colbert (APA-145)
|Ordered:||as type VC2-S-AP5|
|Laid down:||30 September 1944|
|Launched:||1 December 1944|
|Acquired:||7 February 1945|
|Commissioned:||7 February 1945|
|Decommissioned:||26 February 1946|
|Struck:||17 September 1945|
|Displacement:||15199 tons (full load)|
|Length:||455 ft 0 in (138.68 m)|
|Beam:||62 ft 0 in (18.90 m)|
|Draught:||24 ft 3 in (7.39 m)|
|Draft:||21 ft 10.5 in (6.668 m)|
|Depth:||38 ft 0 in (11.58 m)|
|Armament:||one 5” gun mount,
twelve 40mm mounts,
ten 20mm mounts
Colbert (APA-145) was launched 1 December 1944 by California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, California, under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. L. G. Miller; acquired 7 February 1945 and commissioned the same day, Captain L. Jeffrey in command.
World War II service
Colbert sailed from San Francisco, California, 15 April 1945 with passengers for Honolulu, where she remained from 21 April to 20 May, disembarking her original troops and loading reinforcements for Okinawa, where she arrived 7 June. She sailed on to Ulithi to load Japanese and Korean prisoners of war, with whom she returned to Pearl Harbor 28 June.
After a brief stateside overhaul, Colbert put to sea 21 July 1945 to carry troops to Ulithi and Okinawa, where she lay until 5 September. She voyaged to Jinsen, Korea, and Dairen, Manchuria, to embark Allied soldiers and sailors formerly held prisoner at Mukden, Manchuria, and returned to Okinawa 16 September.
Striking a floating mine while riding out a typhoon
Next day she put to sea to evade a typhoon, and that same day struck a floating mine, which caused the death of three men and damaged the ship extensively. Towed back to Okinawa 18 September, she was later towed to Guam, Pearl Harbor, and San Francisco for repairs, reaching the U.S. West Coast 30 January 1946.