USS Crockett (APA-148)

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For other ships of the same name, see USS Crockett.
Career (US)
Ordered: as type VC2-S-AP5
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 28 November 1944
Acquired: 18 January 1945
Commissioned: 18 January 1945
In service: 5 June 1946
Out of service: 15 October 1946
Struck: 1 October 1958
Fate: scrapped, unknown date
General characteristics
Displacement: 12,450 tons (full load)
Length: 455 ft 0 in (138.68 m)
Beam: 62 ft 0 in (18.90 m)
Draught: 24 ft 0 in (7.32 m)
Speed: 19 knots
Complement: 536
Armament: one 5” gun mount,
twelve 40mm mounts,
ten 20mm mounts

USS Crockett (APA-148) was a Haskell-class attack transport acquired by the U.S. Navy during World War II for the task of transporting troops to and from combat areas.

Crockett (APA-148) was launched 28 November 1944 by Kaiser Shipbuilding, Inc., Vancouver, Washington, under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. L. D. Whitgrove, wife of Captain Whitgrove; acquired by the Navy 18 January 1945; and commissioned the same day, Commander J. R. Bagshaw, Jr., USNR, in command.

World War II service[edit]

Departing San Diego, California, 5 April 1945, Crockett discharged troops and cargo at Pearl Harbor from 12 to 27 April, then carried men of a Naval construction battalion to Samar, arriving 17 May.

Unloading troops under enemy fire[edit]

Embarking Army troops, Crockett sailed by way of Ulithi for Okinawa where from 24 to 27 June she unloaded under air attack and embarked survivors of ships lost at Okinawa for transfer to San Francisco, California.

End-of-war activity[edit]

After a short availability in the States (17–30 July), Crockett returned to transport duty in the Pacific Ocean, carrying passengers and cargo to Guam, and transporting soldiers from Manila to Aomori, Japan, for occupation duty. She was assigned to "Operation Magic Carpet" duty, returning men eligible for discharge, and arrived at San Diego, California, 21 October with her first group of veterans. Crockett returned from a second voyage to Okinawa on 8 December, sailed from Seattle, Washington, 12 January 1946, and arrived at Norfolk, Virginia, 1 February.

In reserve and decommissioning[edit]

She was placed in commission, in reserve 5 June, and out of commission in reserve 15 October 1946. She was transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal 1 October 1958.

Military awards and honors[edit]

Crockett received one battle star for service in World War II.

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References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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