USS Kershaw (APA-176)

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USS Kershaw APA-176.jpg
USS Kershaw (APA-176) in San Francisco Bay, late 1945 or early '46
United States
Ordered: as type VC2-S-AP5
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 12 November 1944
Commissioned: 2 December 1944
Decommissioned: 20 December 1946
Struck: 1 October 1958
Fate: scrapped, 1982
General characteristics
Displacement: 12,450 tons (full load)
Length: 455 ft 0 in (138.68 m)
Beam: 62 ft 0 in (18.90 m)
Draught: 24 ft 0 in (7.32 m)
Speed: 19 knots
Capacity: 150,000 cu. ft, 2,900 tons
Complement: 56 Officers 480 Enlisted

USS Kershaw (APA-176) 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]

Kershaw (APA-176) was launched 12 November 1944, by the Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, Oregon; sponsored by Miss Helen Molloy; and commissioned 2 December 1944, Comdr. A. G. Davenport in command.

Transporting men and materials to the battle areas[edit]

After shakedown, Kershaw cleared San Francisco, California, 7 February 1945, with nurses and naval personnel, arriving Guam 23 February. Moving to Saipan 27 February, the transport prepared for the invasion of the Ryukyus, the last enemy stronghold before Japan itself. During March she loaded equipment and troops of the 2d Marine Division; then, following amphibious exercises off Tinian, she sailed for the assault area 27 March.

Troops from Kershaw hit the beach at Okinawa[edit]

The invasion got underway as the troops hit the beach at Okinawa 1 April. After troops from Kershaw landed on the southeastern shore of the island, the transport stood by for the next 10 days. She returned Saipan 14 April, remaining there until sailing for the Solomons 5 June. Following brief stops at Tulagi, Espiritu Santo, and Eniwetok, she arrived Guam 14 July.

End-of-war "mopping-up" operations[edit]

Following a short overhaul period at San Francisco, California, the transport loaded cargo and troops to replace veterans in the occupation area. She cleared San Francisco 17 August and steamed into Tacloban, Leyte, 10 September. From there she ferried occupation troops to Honshū, Japan, before returning to San Pedro, California, 19 October. On the third of four additional Operation Magic Carpet cruises to the Far East, Kershaw delivered equipment to Bikini Atoll for the atomic tests before sailing on to Samar to embark another 2,000 veterans for return to San Francisco 25 May. On her final cruise she took on units of the 2d Marines at Sasebo before transiting the Panama Canal and arriving Norfolk, Virginia, 8 August.

Post-war decommissioning[edit]

Kershaw remained at Portsmouth, Virginia, until she decommissioned 20 December 1946, and entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at Norfolk. Struck from the Navy List 1 October 1958, she joined the National Defense Reserve Fleet 19 December 1958 and was berthed in James River, Virginia. She was sold for scrapping in 1982.

Military awards and honors[edit]

Kershaw received one battle star for World War II service.

See also[edit]


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

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