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Baxter circa in early 1946
United States
NameUSS Baxter (APA-94)
NamesakeBaxter County, Arkansas
BuilderGulf Shipbuilding
Laid down18 March 1943
Launched19 September 1943
Sponsored byMrs R. S. Hendry
Acquired30 November 1943
Commissioned15 May 1944
Decommissioned22 March 1946
Stricken17 April 1946
Honours and
Four battle stars for World War II service
FateScrapped, 1968
General characteristics
Class and typeSumter-class attack transport
Displacement8591 tons (lt?), 13,910 tons (fl)
Length468 ft 8 in
Beam63 ft
Draft23 ft 3 in (limiting)
Propulsion1 × General Electric geared drive turbine, 2 Babcock & Wilcox header-type boilers, 1 propeller, designed shaft horsepower 6,000
Speed16.5 knots
  • Troops: Officers 95, Enlisted 1,422
  • Cargo: 170,000 cu ft, 1,450 tons
ComplementOfficers 56, Enlisted 498
NotesMCV Hull No. 483, hull type C2-S-E1

USS Baxter (APA-94) was a Sumter-class attack transport in service with the United States Navy from 1944 to 1946. She was subsequently sold into merchant service and was finally scrapped in 1968.



Baxter was launched 19 September 1943 by Gulf Shipbuilding at Chickasaw, Alabama, as Antinous under a Maritime Commission contract, transferred to the Navy 30 November 1943; placed in reduced commission the same day, sailed to New York and placed out of commission for conversion at Atlantic Basin Iron Works, Brooklyn, New York, recommissioned 15 May 1944 and reported to the Pacific Fleet.

World War II


Between 11 July and 7 August 1944 Baxter made three voyages between the west coast and Pearl Harbor transporting troops and cargo.

Invasion of Leyte


In August she commenced training exercises in the Hawaiian Islands in preparation for the first assaults against the Philippines. Between 20 October and 18 November 1944 she participated in the Leyte operation, landing several hundred troops.

Invasion of Luzon


Baxter got underway from Manus, Admiralty Islands 31 December 1944 with troops and cargo and again steamed toward the Philippines. On 9 January 1945 she unloaded her troops and equipment in the initial assault against the beaches of Lingayen Gulf, Luzon. She departed the same day and proceeded to Leyte Gulf. On 29 January she took part in the landings at San Felipe, Luzon, and left for Leyte the same day.

Invasion of Okinawa


Early in March she embarked troops of the 7th Infantry Division and between 14 and 21 March engaged in training exercises. On 27 March she departed the Philippines for Okinawa where she provided logistic support for the initial stages of the operation (1–6 April 1945). On 6 April she departed for San Francisco arriving on the 30th.

From June 1945 until February 1946 Baxter made six voyages between west coast ports and the islands of the Western Pacific, and later Japan.



On 22 March 1946 Baxter was decommissioned and returned to the Maritime Commission.

Commercial service


Baxter was sold for commercial service in 1947 to the Waterman Steamship Corporation of Mobile, Alabama, and renamed SS La Salle. She was scrapped in 1968.



Baxter received three battle stars for her service in World War II.



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