USS Barnwell (APA-132)
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USS Barnwell (APA-132/LPA-132)
was a Haskell-class attack transport of the US Navy. She was built and used during World War II. She was of the VC2-S-AP5
Victory ship design type. Barnwell was named for Barnwell County, South Carolina.
World War II service:
Barnwell was laid down on 25 July 1944 at Wilmington, California, by the California Shipbuilding
Corp., under a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 48); launched on 30 September 1944; and sponsored by Mrs. M. L. Rhodes;
fitted out at Oakland, California, by the Moore Dry Dock Co.; and commissioned on 19 January 1945, Capt. M. M. Stephens in
The attack transport spent the rest of the month getting ready for her shakedown by holding drills
and taking on supplies. On 30 January, she stood out of San Francisco Bay
and set course for San Pedro. There, shakedown training took up the first two weeks of February, and type training occupied
the remainder. On 2 March, she put in at Terminal
Island for a three-week post-shakedown availability. On 21 March, Barnwell got
underway for San Diego where she embarked passengers and loaded cargo bound for
Hawaii. She reached Pearl Harbor on 29 March and spent
April conducting amphibious training in the islands.
Early in May, troops and cargo filled her spaces, and Barnwell left Oahu
for the central Pacific on the 8th. She first stopped in the Marshall Islands
then moved on to Guam to unload part of her cargo and to disembark some of her passengers, before delivering
the remainder of both to Saipan . Next, she sailed to the Caroline Islands where
she took troops on board at Ulithi for passage to Leyte. After stopping at Tacloban on Leyte,
Barnwell transferred 23 landing craft to the boat pool at Samar and then headed back to the
United States, carrying sailors and marines. Following a stop
at Pearl Harbor en route, she disembarked her passengers and unloaded her cargo at San
Francisco before starting voyage repairs.
At the work's conclusion, Barnwell embarked over 1,800 troops and took on a cargo of 15,000 mailbags.
Underway on 14 July, Barnwell proceeded via Eniwetok and Ulithi to the Philippines.
After delivering passengers and mail to both Guinan Harbor
on Sarnar and Tacloban on Leyte, the attack transport sailed for the Admiralty Islands
on 10 August. She reached Manus on the 14th and, while disembarking the rest of her troops there, received word of the war's
end. Departing Manus on the 16th, she touched briefly at Ulithi before continuing on to New Caledonia.
At Noumea, she took on more cargo and embarked part of a Construction Battalion
(or "Seabee"). Early in September, she picked up the rest of the "Seabees" and their gear at Espiritu Santo
in the New Hebrides. From there, the attack transport set sail for the Philippines.
At Lingayen, she embarked an Army medical unit bound for occupation duty in Japan.
She then set sail for Sasebo on 20 September.
Barnwell made one more troop lift for the Army, a round-trip voyage from Japan
to Lingayan and back, in October. Then, after touching at Kure and Hiroshima,
Barnwell sailed to Guam, entering Apra Harbor on 30 October. Assigned
to the "Magic Carpet" fleet on 23 October, Barnwell departed Guam with returning servicemen
on the last day of October. Bound for San Francisco at first, she received orders
diverting her to Seattle while en route, and Barnwell made that port on
12 November. For the remainder of 1945, she operated in coastwise service, visiting Seattle,
Washington; Portland, Oregon;
as well as San Francisco and San Pedro. Released from such tasks on 15 January 1946 by the arrival of USS American Legion (APA-17),
Barnwell left California soon thereafter on her way to the east coast
to be deactivated.
Placed in reserve at Norfolk, Virginia
on 12 November 1946, Barnwell was decommissioned on 1 February 1947. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 1 October 1958. On 12 May 1959 she was berthed
with the James River, Virginia contingent of the Maritime
Administration's National Defense Reserve Fleet. The ship remained there for more than two decades, during which time she
was redesignated LPA 132. At 1107 EDT, on 4 August
1982 she was withdrawn by the Navy from the Reserve Fleet for stripping and to be used as a target hulk. She was apparently sunk as a target sometime in the early 1980.
Builder: California Shipbuilding
Laid down: 25 July 1944
Commissioned: 19 January 1945
Decommissioned: 1 February 1947
Struck: 1 October 1958
Status: Sunk as a target, 1980s
Length: 455 feet (139m
Beam: 62 feet (19 m)
Draft: 24 feet (7.3 m)
Propulsion: Oil Fired
Steam Turbine 1 Shaft
Speed: 17 knots
Boats and landing craft
Complement: 56 Officers, 480 Enlisted
Armament: 1 5"/38 gun, 1 40 mm
4 40 mm twin mounts
10 20mm single mounts
This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
1. a b RESERVE FLEET - SHIP PARTICULARS - Barnwell. Retrieved
on 2006-11 -07. Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Barnwell_%28APA-132%29"
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