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DEs To APDs

Compiled by Anne McCarthy

The US Navy converted a number of destroyer escorts to high speed transports (APD). Some ships were converted during the building process and others converted after having first served as a destroyer escort. The DE was not the only type ship to be converted to a APD.  WW I type (four piper) destroyers were altered to have light troop transport capabilities.  APD hull numbers 1-36 were converted destroyers.

APDs were created by two opposite but complementary situations. The first was a need for light transports with relatively shallow drafts and a capacity to move light army or marine units rapidly to myriads of Pacific islands. The second was a growing excess of DEs in the Atlantic, permitting several to be converted.

To the DE, another deck was added along with troop berthing and messing accommodations.  A very large davit was installed on either side, each of which could launch and recover two 36 foot assault landing craft (LCVP). It could carry underwater demolition teams (UDT) or move troops, supplies, light trucks and jeeps to and from the staging areas.

The 3"/50 caliber main battery was replaced with a more efficient destroyer type 5"/38 caliber gun forward in a movable mount.   Torpedoes, hedgehogs and K-guns were removed. (1)

Major Characteristics
Length Overall:  306'
Extreme Beam:  37'
Trial Displacement: 1,650 tons
Limiting Draft: 12'7"
Trial Speed: 23.6 k

Accommodations
Ship's Company:  12-15 Officers, 189-192 Enlisted
Troop Capacity:  10 Officers, 150 Enlisted

Armament
Gun Mounts: (1) 5"/38 single, (3) 40mm. twin

Engines
Manufacturer: GE
Type Drive:  Turbo-Electric (steam)

Propulsion
2 Props, 12,000 shaft hp

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The list of DE to APD conversions notes the DE hull number, ship name, APD hull number and additional historic data.

BU - broken up,  comm - commissioning,   dam - damaged,   recl - reclassified,  scr - scrapped,  str - stricken
 

53 CHARLES LAWRENCE APD-37, recl 10/23/1944; str Sep 1964; BU

54 DANIEL T. GRIFFIN APD-38, recl 10/23/1944; to Chile 12/01/1966 as VIRGILIO URIBE; training ship 1995.  New Info

576 BARR APD-39, recl 07/31/1944; str 1960; BU

637 BOWERS APD-40, recl 06/25/1945; kamikaze dam 04/16/1945; rec 02/06/1951; to The Philippines Apr 1961; BU 1966

635 ENGLAND APD-41 (not converted); Presidential Unit Citation for sinking six subs; kamikaze damage; sold 11/26/1946; BU

60 GANTNER APD-42, recl 02/23/1945; str 01/15/1966; to Taiwan as WEN SHAN May 1966; str 1991

62 GEORGE W. INGRAM APD-43, recl 02/23/1945; GEORGE WASHINGTON INGRAM; str 01/01/1967; to Taiwan 05/19/1967 as KANG SHAN; discarded 1978

63 IRA JEFFERY APD-44, recl 02/23/1945; laid down as JEFFERY; str 06/01/1960; sunk during July 1962 tests

65 LEE FOX APD-45, recl 02/23/1945; str 09/01/1964; sold 01/31/1966; scr

66 AMESBURY APD-46, recl 02/23/1945; str 06/01/1960; sold 10/24/1962; BU

68 BATES APD-47, recl 07/31/1944; hit by three kamikaze; 21 dead or missing; sunk 05/25/1945

69 BLESSMAN APD-48, recl 07/31/1944; hit by 500-lb. bomb; 40 killed, 23 wounded; to Taiwan as CHUNG SHAN Aug 1967; still serving 1995

70 JOSEPH E. CAMPBELL APD-49, recl 11/24/1944; str and sold to Chile 12/01/1966 as RIQUELME (not commissioned, used for spare parts)

154 SIMS APD-50, recl 09/23/1944; kamikaze dam 05/18/1945; str 06/01/1960; sold 04/14/1961

155 HOPPING APD-51, recl 09/07/1944; str Sep 1964; sold 08/15/1966

156 REEVES APD-52, recl 09/25/1944; str 06/01/1960; to Ecuador as electric generator plant

211 HUBBARD APD-53, recl 06/01/1945; str 05/01/1966; BU

158 CHASE APD-54, recl 11/24/1944; kamikaze dam 05/20/1945; sold 11/13/1946; BU

159 LANING APD-55, recl 11/24/1944; recl 04/06/1951-09/13/1957; recl 01/01/1969 as LPR-55

160 LOY APD-56, recl 10/23/1944; kamikaze dam 05/27/1945 str 09/01/1964; sold 08/15/1966

161 BARBER APD-57, recl 10/23/1944; named for 3 brothers; to Mexico 1971 as CHIHUAHUA, ren JOSE MARIA MORELOS Y PAVON; in service in 1995

636 WITTER APD-58 (not converted); str 11/16/1945; sold 12/02/1946

205 NEWMAN APD-59, recl 07/05/1944; str 1964; sold 08/15/1966

206 LIDDLE APD-60, recl 07/05/1944; first of type dam by kamikaze, 12/07/1944; rec 10/27/1950-03/18/1967; str 04/05/1967; sold 06/25/1967

207 KEPHART APD-61, recl 07/05/1944; str (US) 05/01/1967; to ROK 05/16/1967 as KYONG PUK; str 04/30/1985

208 COFER APD-62, recl 07/05/1944; BU 1968

209 LLOYD APD-63, recl 07/05/1944; rec 01/03/1951-02/18/1958; str 06/01/1966; sold for scr

214 SCOTT APD-64 (not converted); str 07/01/1965; sold 01/20/1967; scr

215 BURKE APD-65, recl 01/24/1945; to Colombia 08/12/1968 as ALMIRANTE BRION (DT-07); discarded 1984

216 ENRIGHT APD-66, recl 01/21/1945; to Ecuador 07/14/1967 as VEINTICINCO DE JULIO, then MORAN VALVERDE (D-01); sold 08/30/1978; deleted 1989

665 JENKS APD-67 (not converted); PUC for asst in 06/04/1944 capture of U-505; rec 12/07/1950

666 DURIK APD-68 (not converted); str 1960; sunk as target July 1962

668 YOKES APD-69, recl 06/27/1944; str 04/01/1964; sold and scr

669 PAVLIC APD-70, recl 06/27/1944; str 04/01/1967; sold 07/01/1968; scr

670 ODUM APD-71, recl 06/27/1944; str and to Chile 12/01/1966 as SERRANO; deleted 1984

671 JACK C. ROBINSON APD-72, recl 06/27/1944; str 12/01/1966; sold to Chile 11/25/1966 as ORELLA; deleted 1984

672 BASSETT APD-73, recl 06/27/1944; rec 12/07/1950; to Colombia 09/06/1968 as ALMIRANTE TONO (DT-04); discarded 1977

673 JOHN P. GRAY APD-74, recl 06/27/1944; begun at DPP, comp at COT; str 03/01/1967

675 WEBER APD-75, recl 12/15/1944; str 06/01/1960; sunk as target 07/15/1962

676 SCHMITT APD-76, recl 01/24/1945; str 05/01/1967; to Taiwan 02/28/1968 as LUNG SHAN (PF-44); discarded 1976

677 FRAMENT APD-77, recl 12/15/1944; str 1960; sold 1961; BU 1962

693 BULL APD-78, recl 07/31/1944; to Taiwan Aug 1966 as LU SHAN; still serving in 1995

694 BUNCH APD-79, recl 07/31/1944; BU 1965

212 HAYTER APD-80, recl 06/01/1945; str. 12/01/1966; to ROK August 1967 as JONNAM; str 1986

789 TATUM APD-81, recl 12/15/1944; str 06/01/1960; sold 05/08/1961; scr

790 BORUM APD-82 (not converted); was at Normandy, 06/06/1944; str Apr 1965; BU Apr 1967

791 MALOY APD-83 (not converted); Redesignated EDE-791 as of 08/14/1946. DEC 1950-54; str 6/1/1965; sold 03/11/1966; BU. (*Conway's notes Maloy was redesignated DEC, but no mention of this conversion in DANFS)

792 HAINES APD-84, recl 12/15/1944; redesignated APD-84 upon completion 03/01/45; str 06/01/1960; sold 5/19/1961; BU
793 RUNELS APD-85, recl 01/24/1945; str 06/01/1960; sold 1962; BU 1962
794 HOLLIS APD-86, recl 01/24/1945; rec 04/06/1951-10/16/1956; str 09/15/1974

APDs 87 - 136 Were Reclassified 17 July 1944 from DE to APD Before Commissioning

226 CROSLEY APD-87 at comm
227 CREAD APD-88 at comm
228 RUCHAMKIN APD-89 at comm; rec 03/09/1951-11/24/1969; to Colombia 11/24/1969 as CORDOBA (DY-15); museum 1980
229 KIRWIN APD-90 at comm, launched as DE; rec 01/15/1965
232 KINZER APD-91 at comm, launched as DE; str 03/01/1965; to Taiwan as YU SHAN April 1962; still serving 1995
233 REGISTER APD-92 at comm; kamikaze damage 05/20/45; str 09/01/1966; to Taiwan as TAI SHAN October 1966; stricken 1991
234 BROCK APD-93 at comm; to Taiwan May 1966
235 JOHN Q. ROBERTS APD-94 at comm; sold for scr 12/29/1960
236 WILLIAM M. HOBBY APD-95 at comm; str 05/01/1967; to ROK August 1967 as CHI JU (PG-87); str 1989
237 RAY K. EDWARDS APD-96 at comm; str 06/01/1960; sold 06/15/1961
281 ARTHUR L. BRISTOL APD-97 at comm; str 06/01/1964; sold 08/04/1965
282 TRUXTUN APD-98 at comm; sold to Taiwan 11/22/1965 as FU SHAN (PF-35); str 01/15/1966
283 UPHAM APD-99 at comm; str 06/01/1960; sold to Colombia Jan 1962, conv as floating power station
590 RINGNESS APD-100 at comm; str 1968; BU
591 KNUDSON APD-101 at comm; rec 08/06/1953-01/02/1958; BU Aug 1966
592 REDNOUR APD-102 at comm; str 03/01/1967; kamikaze dam 05/27/1945; to Mexico June 1967 as COAHUILA, ren VINCENTE GUERRERO; in serv 1995
593 TOLLBERG APD-103 at comm; str Nov 1964; to Colombia 08/14/1965 as ALMIRANTE PADILLA (DT-03); discarded 1973
594 WILLIAM J. PATTISON APD-104 at comm; str 06/01/1960; sold 01/18/1962; scr
595 MYERS APD-105 at comm; str 06/01/1960; conv to floating power plant; sold to Colombia
596 WALTER B. COBB APD-106 at comm; rec 02/06/1951-05/15/1957; sold to Taiwan 02/22/1966, but sunk en route 04/21/1966
597 EARLE B. HALL APD-107 at comm; rec 12/07/1950 - 09/13/1957
598 HARRY L. CORL APD-108 at comm, launched as DE; str 01/15/1966; to ROK June 1966 as AH SAN; str 1984
599 BELET APD-109 at comm; str Apr 1967; to Mexico 12/12/1963 as CALIFORNIA; stranded, lost Bahia, CA, 01/16/1972
600 JULIUS A. RAVEN APD-110 at comm; to ROK June 66 as UNG PO (APD-83); str (US) 01/15/1966; str 1984
601 WALSH APD-111 at comm; str 05/01/1966; scr
602 HUNTER MARSHALL APD-112 at comm; str 06/01/1960; sold to Ecuador July 1961; BU 1968
603 EARHART APD-113 at comm; to Mexico 12/12/1963 as PAPALOAPAN; discarded 1976
604 WALTER S. GORKA APD-114 at comm; str June 1960; to Ecuador for conv and use as a power plant
605 ROGERS BLOOD APD-115 at comm; str 06/01/1960; sold 12/14/1961
606 FRANCOVICH APD-116 at comm; BU Sep 1968
674 JOSEPH M. AUMAN APD-117 at comm; str 12/12/1963 and to Mexico as TEHUANTEPEC (B-5), ren ZACATACAS; discarded 1989
721 DON O. WOODS APD-118 at comm; finished building at COT; to Mexico 12/12/1963 as USMACINTA, ren MIGUEL HIDALGO; in serv 1995
722 BEVERLY W. REID APD-119 at comm; rec & manned 03/18/1967 by crew of LIDDLE (APD-60)
687 KLINE APD-120 at comm; str 01/15/1966; to Taiwan as SHOU SHAN March 1966; still serving 1995
688 RAYMON W. HERNDON APD-121 at comm; str 09/01/1966; to Taiwan 07/11/1966 as HENGSHAN; discarded 1976
689 SCRIBNER APD-122 at comm; str 08/01/1966; sold 09/06/1967; scr
690 DIACHENKO APD-123 at comm; ALEX DIACHENKO until 03/01/1945; WWII/Korea War service
691 HORACE A. BASS APD-124 at comm; kamikaze dam 07/29/1945; NUC for Korean War service
692 WANTUCK APD-125 at comm; str 03/04/1958; sold 10/27/1958; scr
710 GOSSELIN APD-126 at comm, launched as DE; str 04/01/1964; sold
711 BEGOR APD-127 at comm; served in Korean War
712 CAVALLARO APD-128 at comm; rec 09/04/1953; dec; to ROK 10/15/1959 as KYONG NAM (APD-81); str 1984
713 DONALD W. WOLF APD-129 at comm; finished building at Todd-Johnson, New Orleans; to Taiwan May 1965 as HUA SHAN; stricken 1993
714 COOK APD-130 at comm; rec 10/06/1953
715 WALTER X. YOUNG APD-131 at comm; str 05/01/1962; sunk in missile tests 04/11/1967
716 BALDUCK APD-132 at comm; rec 11/05/1953, served in Pacific
717 BURDO APD-133 at comm; Still operating in 1964
718 KLEINSMITH APD-134 at comm; to Taiwan June 1967 as TIEN SHAN; still serving 1995
719 WEISS APD-135 at comm; rec 10/14/1950-03/02/1958; rec 11/20/1961-Jan 1970; str 09/15/1974; sold 06/24/1975; scr
720 CARPELLOTTI APD-136 at comm
684 DELONG APD-137 (not converted); rec 02/07/1951-1969; str July 1969; sunk as target Feb 1970
685 COATES APD-138 (not converted); rec 02/07/1951-1970; str 01/30/1970; BU
709 BRAY APD-139 commissioned 09/04/44 as DE 709; recl as APD-139 07/16/45 at comm; sunk as target 03/26/1963


(1) Andrews, Lewis M., 1999, Tempest, Fire & Foe, p.3, Narwhal Press, Miami.

USS DANIEL T. GRIFFIN DE54/APD38 - Update 6 Feb 2006 - Disposition status.
The webmaster was contacted by retired Chilean Navy LCDR Gonzalo Lagarini of
VIRGILIO URIBE.  He stated that he was present when VIRGILIO URIBE was sunk as a target by the Chilean Navy in November 1995.  Read his email here.

 

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