USS Joseph M. Auman (APD-117)
USS Joseph M. Auman off Orange, Texas, on 30 April 1945, five days after she was commissioned.
|Career (United States)|
|Name:||USS Joseph M. Auman (DE-674)|
|Namesake:||Joseph M. Auman|
|Builder:||Dravo Corporation, Pittsburgh
completed at Consolidated Steel Company, Orange, Texas
|Laid down:||8 November 1943|
|Launched:||5 February 1944|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Bernard Tommey|
|Reclassified:||APD-117, 17 July 1944|
|Commissioned:||25 April 1945|
|Decommissioned:||10 July 1946|
|Struck:||12 December 1963|
|Fate:||Sold to Mexican Navy, 12 December 1963|
|Name:||ARM Tehuantupec (H05)|
|Namesake:||Gulf of Tehuantepec|
|Acquired:||12 December 1963|
|Fate:||sold for scrapping, 1989|
|Class & type:||Rudderow-class destroyer escort, as ordered|
|Class & type:||Crosley-class high speed transport, as completed|
|Displacement:||2,130 long tons (2,164 t) full|
|Length:||306 ft (93 m)|
|Beam:||37 ft (11 m)|
|Draft:||12 ft 7 in (3.84 m)|
|Speed:||23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)|
|Armament:||• 1 × 5 in (130 mm)/38 gun
• 6 × 40 mm guns
• 6 × 20 mm guns
• 2 × depth charge tracks
Construction and commissioning 
Joseph M. Auman was laid down as the Rudderow-class destroyer escort USS Joseph M. Auman (DE-674) on 8 November 1943 by the Consolidated Steel Company at Orange, Texas, and was launched on 5 February 1944, sponsored by Mrs. Bernard Toomey, the aunt of the ship's namesake, Private Joseph M. Auman. The ship was reclassified as a Crosley-class high-speed transport and redesignated APD-117 on 17 July 1944. After conversion to her new role, she was commissioned on 25 April 1945 with Lieutenant Commander H. A. Steinbach in command.
Service history 
After shakedown out of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Joseph M. Auman departed Norfolk, Virginia, on 9 July 1945, reaching San Diego, California, on 24 July 1945 via the Panama Canal. She conducted more intensive training with the San Diego Shakedown Group, then embarked Underwater Demolition Team 7 and carried them to Yoriage Beach at Shiogama, Japan, for reconnaissance of amphibious landing beaches. After completing the mission, she returned the underwater demolition team to San Diego on 13 October 1945.
Joseph M. Auman departed San Diego 20 October 1945 and steamed to Manila Bay in the Philippine Islands, where she embarked 100 U.S. Navy passengers and carried them to Samar. At Samar she loaded cargo and delivered it to Shanghai, China, on 4 December 1945. Joseph M. Auman continued to carry cargo and passengers in the Pacific until she returned to the United States during the first half of 1946.
Decommissioning and disposal 
Joseph M. Auman was decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Florida, on 10 July 1946, joining the Florida Group of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet on the St. Johns River there. She remained in the reserve fleet until stricken from the Navy List on 12 December 1963.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: DE-674 / APD-117 Joseph M. Auman