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Kingman

 

A county in Illinois.

 

(APB-47: dp. 4,080; l. 328'; b. 50'; dr. 11'2"; s. 10 k.; cpl. 137; a. 8 40mm., 12 20mm.)

 

Kingman (APB-17) was laid down as LST-1113; then reclassified AKS-18 and named Kingman 8 December 1944; again reclassifled APB-47 on 3 March 1945; launched 17 April 1945 by Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville, Ind.; sponsored by Mrs. K. B. Bragg; transferred to New Orleans; and commissioned 27 June 1945, Lt. R. J. Figaro in command.

 

After shakedown in the Gulf of Mexico, Kingman cleared Gulfport, Miss., and steamed westward through the Panama Canal, arriving Pearl Harbor 2 September, the day of Japan's historic surrender. Five days later the barracks ship sailed for the Far East, arriving Sasebo 8 October via Eniwetok and Guam. She remained in Japanese ports for 5 months before loading America-bound troops and departing Sasebo 16 March 1946. Kingman arrived San Diego 29 April and remained there until she decommissioned 15 January 1947. She was assigned to the Pacific Reserve Fleet and at present is berthed in San Diego.