USS John Q. Roberts (APD-94)
|Name:||USS John Q. Roberts|
|Namesake:||Ensign John Q. Roberts (1914–1942), U.S. Navy officer and Navy Cross recipient|
|Builder:||Charleston Navy Yard|
|Laid down:||15 November 1943|
|Launched:||11 February 1944|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Deany Roberts Garner|
|Commissioned:||8 March 1945|
|Decommissioned:||30 May 1946|
|Reclassified:||From destroyer escort (DE-235) to high-speed transport (APD-94) 17 June 1944|
|Struck:||1 June 1960|
|Fate:||Sold for scrapping on either 16 December 1960 or 29 December 1960|
|Notes:||Laid down as Rudderow-class destroyer escort USS John Q. Roberts (DE-235)|
|Class and type:||Crosley-class high speed transport|
|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)|
Construction and commissioning
John Q. Roberts was laid down as the Rudderow-class destroyer escort USS John Q. Roberts (DE-235) on 15 November 1943 by the Charleston Navy Yard and launched as such on 11 February 1944, sponsored by Mrs. Deany Roberts Garner, mother of the ship's namesake, Ensign John Q. Roberts. The ship was reclassified as a Crosley-class high-speed transport and redesignated APD-94 on 17 June 1944. After conversion to her new role, the ship was commissioned on 8 March 1945 with Lieutenant Commander R. N. Bavier, Jr., in command.
World War II
Following shakedown training in the Caribbean, John Q. Roberts underwent amphibious training in Hampton Roads, Virginia, during April 1945. She then got underway from Norfolk, Virginia, to join the United States Pacific Fleet, departing on 7 May 1945. She arrived at Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, on 31 May 1945 and trained with underwater demolition team units until proceeding to Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands on 13 June 1945.
In the weeks that followed, John Q. Roberts escorted convoys and took part in fleet maneuvers in the Philippines preparatory to Operation Olympic, the anticipated invasion of the island of Kyūshū in Japan. World War II ended on 15 August 1945, before the invasion could occur.
The war over, John Q. Roberts departed Leyte on 20 August 1945 to escort a convoy to Okinawa. From there she was engaged in escort duties between Okinawa and Japan. The ship was at Yokosuka, Japan, during the historic surrender ceremonies in Tokyo Bay on 2 September 1945, and remained in Japan transporting troops and administrative personnel carrying out occupation of Japan occupation duties. After embarking returnees, she departed Nagoya, Japan, on 17 December 1945 and steamed via Eniwetok and Pearl Harbor for San Pedro, California, where she arrived on 6 January 1946.
Decommissioning and disposal
John Q. Roberts was decommissioned on 30 May 1946 and entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at Green Cove Springs. She was stricken from the Navy List on 1 June 1960 and sold for scrapping on either 16 December 1960 or 29 December 1960 to B. F. Diamond Construction Company, Inc. of Savannah, Georgia.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive DE-235 / APD-94 John Q. Roberts