USS Lloyd (DE-209)
|Namesake:||William R. Lloyd|
|Builder:||Charleston Navy Yard|
|Laid down:||26 July 1943|
|Launched:||23 October 1943|
|Commissioned:||11 February 1944|
|Decommissioned:||1 July 1946|
|Reclassified:||APD-63, 5 July 1944|
|Recommissioned:||3 January 1951|
|Decommissioned:||18 February 1958|
|Struck:||1 June 1966|
|8 battle stars (World War II)|
|Fate:||Sold for scrap, 5 March 1968|
|Class and type:||Buckley-class destroyer escort|
|Length:||306 ft (93 m)|
|Beam:||37 ft (11 m)|
|Speed:||23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)|
|Complement:||15 officers, 198 men|
USS Lloyd (DE-209/APD-63), a Buckley-class destroyer escort of the United States Navy, was named in honor of Ensign William R. Lloyd (1916–1942), who was killed in action while serving aboard the USS Oahu on 6 May 1942 during the Battle of Corregidor.
Lloyd was laid down on 26 July 1943 by the Charleston Navy Yard, launched on 23 November 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Ella Lee Lloyd, mother of Ensign Lloyd; and commissioned on 11 February 1944, Lieutenant Commander Peter N. Gammelgard in command.
World War II, 1944–1946
After shakedown off Bermuda, the new destroyer escort left Norfolk, Virginia on 12 May 1944 with 13 other destroyer escorts and a convoy of 100 transport ships bound for North Africa. The British relieved the escort ships at Bizerte, Tunisia, on 1 June; nine days later Lloyd and her sister ships departed to escort another convoy on the westward passage home. While en route, Lloyd was reclassified APD-63 on 5 July 1944 and ordered to report to the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 29 June for conversion to a Charles Lawrence-class high speed transport.
Three months later, after conversion and shakedown, Lloyd steamed for the Pacific War zones, touched Bora Bora, Society Islands, on 20 October, and arrived Hollandia, New Guinea, on 4 November. Soon thereafter she became the permanent flagship for Transport Division 103.
Moving to Leyte on 23 November, for the next five months Lloyd transported invasion troops, as the Allies completed the Philippine liberation. In her first action on 7 December, the new transport ship landed troops at Ormoc on the western coast of Leyte. Ten days later he took part in the daring strike at Mindoro, the Japanese held island 500 miles northwest of Leyte. After Mindoro, she steamed via Lingayen to Hollandia to embark troops for the assault at Lingayen Gulf in northern Luzon. Departing New Guinea on 4 January 1945, she landed her troops at Lingayen a week later. That afternoon, the transport's guns knocked out an enemy shore battery. The next day Lloyd departed and fought her way back to Leyte, splashing four enemy suicide planes during the three-day passage.
During February the ship took part in the assaults on San Felipe and Subic Bay. On the 28th, she brought troops from Mindoro to help liberate the Island of Palawan, a vital stepping stone to Borneo. Another gateway to Borneo, Mindanao, ignored as the Navy leapfrogged to Leyte and Luzon, now had to be secured. Jumping off from Mindoro 8 March, two days later, Lloyd put troops ashore to liberate Zamboanga on the westernmost tip of Mindanao, then steamed to Leyte that evening.
Following repairs and patrol duty off Leyte during April, the ship shifted operations to Morotai on 7 May to participate in the liberation of Borneo. From 28 May to 19 June, she assisted the amphibious forces landing at Brunei Bay on the western coast of Borneo. During early July, Lloyd twice ferried reinforcements from Morotai to the landings at Balikpapan on the eastern coast.
In the last weeks of the war, the ship trained Army troops in amphibious warfare, then after V-J Day, transported occupation units from Okinawa to Korea. She departed Okinawa for Pearl Harbor on 26 November 1945, en route to the east coast to join the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. She reached the Brooklyn Navy Yard on 2 January 1946. Following a month in drydock, she steamed to Green Cove Springs, Florida, and decommissioned there on 1 July 1946.
Korean War, 1951–1953
Under the demands of the Korean War, Lloyd recommissioned on 3 January 1951, Lieutenant Commander A. A. Sullivan in command. After shakedown in Chesapeake Bay and availability at the Boston Naval Shipyard, she reported to the Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Virginia, on 26 September for local training duty. From April through October she operated with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean.
Atlantic coast, 1953–1958
From 1953 through 1957 the high speed transport continued to operate with the Marines out of Little Creek. During this period she often operated in the Caribbean and visited most of the ports along the eastern seaboard.
Decommissioning and sale
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entries can be found here and here.
- Photo gallery of USS Lloyd at NavSource Naval History