USS Glynn (APA-239)

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Career (USA)
Name: USS Glynn (APA-239)
Namesake: A county in Georgia, USA
Builder: Oregon Shipbuilding
Launched: 25 August 1945
Sponsored by: Mrs. Homer D. Angell
Acquired: 17 October 1945
Commissioned: 17 October 1945
Decommissioned: 9 September 1955
Reclassified: As LPA-239, 1 January 1969
Struck: 1 July 1960
Fate: Disposed of by MARAD 1 August 1983; fate unknown
General characteristics
Class & type: Haskell-class attack transport
Tonnage: 150,000 cu. ft, 2,900 tons
Displacement: 6,720 tons (lt), 14,837 t. (fl)
Length: 455 ft
Beam: 62 ft
Draft: 24 ft
Propulsion: 1 x Joshua Hendy geared turbine, 2 x Babcock & Wilcox header-type boilers, 1 x propeller, designed shaft horsepower 8,500
Speed: 17.7 knots
Boats & landing
craft carried:
2 x LCM, 12 x LCVP, 3 x LCPU
Capacity: 86 Officers 1,475 Enlisted
Crew: 56 Officers, 480 enlisted
Armament: 1 x 5"/38 caliber dual-purpose gun mount, 1 x quad 40mm gun mount, 4 x twin 40mm gun mounts, 10 x single 20mm gun mounts
Notes: MCV Hull No. 863, hull type VC2-S-AP5

USS Glynn (APA-239) was a Haskell-class attack transport that was built for service with the US Navy in World War II. She was commissioned shortly after the war and consequently never saw action.

Glynn was named after a county in Georgia. She was launched 25 August 1945 under Maritime Commission contract by the Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation of Portland, Oregon, and acquired and simultaneously commissioned 17 October 1945, Commander Ben Koerner, USNR, in command.

Operational history[edit]

Post-World War II[edit]

Glynn sailed from San Diego 21 December 1945 on an Operation Magic Carpet voyage to the Philippines and reached Samar on 8 January 1946. After touching Guam and Saipan, she returned to San Pedro, Philippines and sailed thence for battle-scarred Okinawa, arriving 14 April. Underway the next day for the United States, Glynn rode into San Diego Harbor again 30 April at voyage's end.

Two more round trip voyages, both out of San Francisco, brought the busy ship to Kwajalein, Bikini, the Philippines, and Okinawa from 21 May to 28 June 1946, and to Pearl Harbor, returning to the Golden Gate 26 July 1946.

Second commission[edit]

Decommissioned 12 December 1946, Glynn remained in reserve until recommissioned 3 March 1951 at San Francisco. Training exercises off southern California occupied her until she steamed for the Atlantic, reaching Norfolk, Virginia on 25 July 1951. Subsequently she conducted peacetime training exercises in the Caribbean and Atlantic, exacting duty which included voyages to Greenland, Labrador, Nova Scotia, Caribbean islands, and operations along the whole length of the Eastern seaboard. In addition, she conducted training cruises for Midshipmen.

Final decommission[edit]

Glynn put in at Charleston, South Carolina, 8 June 1955 following inactivation overhaul at New York. Decommissioned there 9 September 1955, she remained in reserve until stricken from the Navy List 1 July 1960, and returned to the Maritime Administration, after which she was placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet and berthed in the James River.

On 1 January 1969 she was redesignated an amphibious transport, with ID LPA-239. She was disposed of by MARAD on 1 August 1983 in trade for the Thomas Nelson (1962) to the Waterman Steamship Corporation. She was resold to Balboa Desguaces Maritimos, S.A., a scapper in Barcelona.[1]

References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

  1. ^ "MARAD Ship Details - Glynn". Retrieved 19 April 2014.