USS Cook (APD-130)
|Namesake:||Andrew F. Cook, Jr. & Dallas H. Cook|
|Builder:||Defoe Shipbuilding Company, Bay City, Michigan|
|Laid down:||7 May 1944|
|Launched:||26 August 1944|
|Commissioned:||25 April 1945|
|Decommissioned:||31 May 1946|
|Recommissioned:||6 October 1953|
|Struck:||15 November 1969|
|7 campaign stars (Vietnam)|
|Fate:||Sold for scrap, 24 July 1970|
|Class and type:||Crosley-class high speed transport|
|Displacement:||1,450 long tons (1,473 t)|
|Length:||306 ft (93 m)|
|Beam:||36 ft 10 in (11.23 m)|
|Draft:||13 ft 6 in (4.11 m)|
|Speed:||23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)|
|Boats & landing |
|4 × LCVPs|
|Complement:||204 (12 officers, 192 enlisted)|
USS Cook (APD-130) was a Crosley-class high speed transport of the United States Navy, named after two brothers: Second Lieutenant Andrew F. Cook, Jr. (1920–1942) and Sergeant Dallas H. Cook (1921–1942). Both served in the Marine Corps, and both were awarded the Navy Cross, posthumously.
Cook was laid down at the Defoe Shipbuilding Company in Bay City, Michigan on 7 May 1944 and partially completed as a Rudderow-class destroyer escort with the hull number DE-714. A month before launching, on 17 July 1944, it was decided that Cook would be completed as a high-speed transport, with the designation APD-130. She was launched on 26 August 1944, sponsored by Mrs. A. F. Cook, mother of Second Lieutenant Cook and Sergeant Cook. She was commissioned on 25 April 1945, at the Todd-Johnson Dry Dock Company in New Orleans, Louisiana, with Lieutenant Commander D. N. Hamilton, USNR, in command.
On 17 February 1945 Cook left Bay City, Michigan for New Orleans, Louisiana by way of the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River for outfitting. On the 25th the USS Cook was commissioned and set sail for a shakedown cruise to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Cook departed Guantanamo Bay as a fighting ship for Norfolk, Virginia and arrived there on 4 June. Cook sailed from Norfolk, Virginia, on 19 June 1945 carrying 100 US Army passengers for San Diego, via the Panama Canal, arriving at San Diego on 2 July for training. On 16 August 1945 Cook, along with other APD's, was dispatch on a high speed run to Tokyo, Japan. On 4 September, she arrived in Tokyo Bay carrying men of the Underwater Demolition Teams. After transporting troops to Okinawa, Cook reconnoitered and landed UDT 20 at Hakodate, Hokkaidō before its occupation on 27 September. She sailed home from Yokohama by way of Guam, Eniwetok, and Pearl Harbor, to San Diego, arriving there on 13 November. After repairs, she spent the month of January transporting troops along the west coast. Cook was placed out of commission in reserve on 31 May 1946, berthed at San Diego.
Cook was recommissioned on 6 October 1953, and took part in training and landing exercises off San Diego. She entered Mare Island Naval Shipyard for conversion to an APD flagship between 28 November 1953 and 15 March 1954, and continued training operations out of San Diego until 19 November, when she sailed for the Far East. After participating in amphibious exercises on the west coast of Korea, she operated from 21 January 1955 to 19 May as flagship for "Operation Passage to Freedom", the evacuation of refugees from North Vietnam.
Cook returned to San Diego on 12 June 1955, and sailed in various landing and training exercises as primary control vessel or anti-submarine ship. In November, she joined in a combined amphibious operation with Canadian forces. Local operations off California, including a period of service as a submarine target vessel, continued until 21 March 1956, when she sailed to Kauai, Hawaii, for an amphibious exercise in which she served as control vessel.
Cook returned to San Diego on 23 April 1956 for maintenance anti-submarine exercises, and public orientation cruises, until 22 August 1957, when she departed for a tour of duty in the western Pacific based at Yokosuka. She stood by off Borneo during the Indonesian crisis from 14 to 22 December. Back home in San Diego on 10 April 1958, Cook participated in operations along the west coast, including major interservice exercises, and between 13 October 1959 and 29 April 1960 cruised in the Far East once more. Returning to the United States, Cook operated along the west coast for the remainder of 1960.
Cook made three cruises to Vietnam between 1966 and 1969, carrying underwater demolition teams.
- American Campaign Medal
- World War II Victory Medal
- Navy Occupation Service Medal
- National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star
- Vietnam Service Medal with seven campaign stars
- Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.