(APA-72: displacement 4,247; length 426'; beam 58'; draft 16'; speed 17 knots.; comeplement 320; armament one 5-inch; class Gilliam)
A county in South Carolina.
Clarendon (APA-72) was launched 12 September 1944 by Consolidated Steel Corp., Wilmington, Calif., under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. T. May; commissioned 14 December 1944, Lieutenant Commander E. A. Stroik, USNR, in command; and reported to the Pacific Fleet.
Clarendon sailed from San Diego 6 February 1945 to join amphibious exercises in the Hawaiian Islands, then sailed for Ulithi, where late in March she joined the escort of a convoy to voyage to Saipan. Returning to Ulithi, she put to sea 22 April to carry combat cargo to Okinawa, off which she lay to discharge 26 to 30 April. On the 28th, she drove away enemy aircraft with her intensive gunfire.
Returning to the west coast 22 May 1945, Clarendon made three voyages from San Diego and San Francisco to Pearl Harbor, carrying passengers and cargo in both directions. On 29 July she got underway from San Francisco, called at Eniwetok, Ulithi. Manila, and put in to Tokyo 13 September. She carried troops for the occupation of Japan and in the redeployment of forces in China until 15 November, when she sailed from Taku to load homeward bound troops at Samar, Guam, Saipan, and Iwo Jima on her way to San Pedro, where she arrived 18 December. In January 1946 she sailed north to Seattle, where she was decommissioned 9 April 1946, and transferred to the War Shipping Administration in June 1946.
Clarendon received one battle star for World War II service.