USS Lubbock (APA-197)

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Career (US)
Ordered: as type VC2-S-AP5
MCV hull 665
Laid down: 2 June 1944
Launched: 25 September 1944
Acquired: 18 October 1944
Commissioned: 18 October 1944
Decommissioned: 14 December 1946
Struck: 1 October 1958
Fate: scrapped, date unknown
General characteristics
Displacement: 14,833 (full load)
Length: 455 ft 0 in (138.68 m)
Beam: 62 ft 0 in (18.90 m)
Draught: 28 ft 1 in (8.56 m)
Speed: 17knots
Boats & landing
craft carried:
two LCM, twelve LCVP, three LCPU
Capacity: 150,000 cu. ft, 2,900 tons
Complement: 56 Officers 480 Enlisted
Armament: one 5/38” gun mount,
twelve 40mm mounts,
ten 20mm mounts

USS Lubbock (APA-197) 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.

World War II service[edit]

Lubbock (APA 197) was laid down under a Maritime Commission contract by Kaiser Shipbuilding Co., Vancouver, Washington, 2 June 1944; launched 25 September 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Price Beeson; acquired by the Navy 18 October 1944; and commissioned the same day, Comdr. Harvey J. Schroeder in command.

Marines from Lubbock storm ashore at Iwo Jima[edit]

After shakedown, Lubbock departed Port Hueneme, California, 2 December for amphibious training in the Hawaiian Islands. Following a month of intensive exercises, the transport loaded with troops sortied with Transport Division 48 to join Vice Adm. Spruance’s U.S. 5th Fleet in the western Pacific Ocean. She stopped briefly at Eniwetok and Saipan before proceeding to the Volcano Islands for the assault on Iwo Jima. The struggle for this tiny island, needed for its valuable airstrip, was to be one of the bloodiest and most inspirational American victories of the war. Arriving off the beaches 19 February, Lubbock lowered her boats in the morning hours and the embarked marines stormed ashore. The transport remained in the area for 9 days, unloading cargo and receiving casualties from the beach.

Landing her troops and equipment on Okinawa[edit]

Departing Iwo Jima 28 February, she transported casualties to Guam before sailing on to Espiritu Santo, where she arrived 15 March. Lubbock took on troops, medical supplies, and cargo for the planned assault on Okinawa, the last barrier on the road to Japan. Sailing 25 March the transport made her way to the enemy held island via Ulithi, entering the Hagushi transport area off the west coast of Okinawa 9 April. Under constant attack from Japanese air raids, Lubbock unloaded her troops and cargo in 5 days, sailing on the 14th for Saipan.

End-of-war operations[edit]

After repairs at Ulithi, Lubbock arrived Leyte, Philippine Islands, 30 May, and for the rest of the war operated as an amphibious troop training ship in the Philippines. She continued operations in the Philippines as part of the occupation force until 14 October when she sailed on her first “Operation Magic Carpet” cruise to the United States. Over the next 8 months Lubbock completed three additional cruises to the Far East, and returned veterans from the Philippines, Japan, China, and Samoa.

Post-war decommissioning[edit]

The transport arrived San Francisco, California, 14 July 1946 from her final voyage and decommissioned at Mare Island Navy Yard 14 December 1946. Lubbock was assigned to the Pacific Reserve Fleet and struck from the Navy list 1 October 1958.

Military awards and honors[edit]

Lubbock received two battle stars for World War II service.

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References[edit]

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

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