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Feland (APA-11)


Logan Feland, born 18 August 1869 in Hopkinsville, Ky., served as a captain in the 3d Kentucky Infantry during the Spanish-American War, and entered the Marine Corps as a first lieutenant 1 July 1899. He served with high distinction in the many expeditions made by the Marines in the Caribbean and Central America between the Spanish-American War and World War I. He was second and then first in command of the valorous 5th Marine Regiment, winning the Distinguished Service Cross for his conspicuous courage and ability in the Battle of Belleau Wood, and additional laurels in the Battles of Soissons, the Meuse-Argonne, and the attack on Blanc Mont Ridge in the Champagne. His post war service was highlighted by command of the Marine Brigade in the occupation of

(APA-11: displacement 6,720 (full load); length 414'6"; beam 56'; draft 18'6"; speed 19 knots; complement 453; troops 890; armament 4 3-inch, 4 40 millimeter, 8 20 millimeter; class Doyen)

Feland was launched 10 November 1942 by Consolidated Steel Corp., Los Angeles, Calif.; sponsored by Mrs. L. Feland, widow of General Feland; and commissioned 21 June 1943, Captain C. A. Mission in command.

Feland carried Marines from San Diego to Pago Pago, arriving 24 August 1943, then sailed on to New Zealand for landing exercises, which she continued at Efate in November. On 13 November, she sortied from Efate for the invasion of Tarawa on 20 November, and for 8 days lay off the bitterly contested island, landing reserve troops, loading casualties, and re-embarking troops when the island was secured. These men she carried to Pearl Harbor, arriving 7 December. After training operations and brief overhaul, Feland put to sea with soldiers 22 January 1944, bound for Kwajalein. She landed the troops as reserves on 1 February, one day after the initial assault, and re-embarked them a week later when the atoll had been won. Feland returned to Honolulu with troops and casualties 15 February, landed them, embarked passengers, and sailed for a west coast overhaul.

The transport returned to Pearl Harbor 6 May 1944, and after training, arrived at Eniwetok 9 June. Two days later, combat loaded, she sailed for the invasion of Saipan, and on 15 June took part in a demonstration landing at Tanapag Harbor, while the main assault was made north of Charan-Kanoa. The next day Feland began to send troops and cargo ashore, but that night was ordered to retire from the island, to avoid the danger of an expected Japanese attack. She returned 21 June to complete unloading and embark casualties for Honolulu.

Feland returned to Eniwetok 17 July 1944 with troops for the assault on Guam, where she landed them 22 July, one day after the initial landings. Again she sailed back to the Hawaiians with casualties, and to begin training for the liberation of the Philippines. Manus was her jumping off point for this operation, and she arrived in Leyte Gulf 20 October to unload in the transport area off Dulag and retire next day, before the outbreak of the Battle for Lyete Gulf.

After one voyage to bring reinforcements from New Guinea to Leyte, Feland embarked soldiers at Aitape, from which she sailed 28 December 1944 in the San Fabian attack force. In the initial assault in Lingayen Gulf 9 January 1945 she landed troops and cargo in record time, despite heavy mortar fire from shore which wounded two of her men handling landing craft. She cleared the beachhead next day, and that evening fired on a Japanese suicide plane which veered away, selecting another target. After calling at Leyte and Ulithi, she sailed to Guam to take aboard Marines for the Iwo Jima operation.

Arriving off Iwo Jima 19 February 1945, Feland's troops were held in reserve until 27 February, when they were landed through heavy surf on a difficult beach. She carried casualties to Guam, then sailed for Manus and Noumea to load soldiers for transportation to Leyte. Between 28 May and 16 July, she carried military passengers between ports in New Guinea and the Philippines, then sailed for a west coast overhaul. This was completed in October, and after one voyage to the Philippines with cargo, she returned to Seattle 20 November. There Feland was decommissioned 15 March 1946.

Feland received five battle stars for her World War II service.

Published: Wed Jun 08 12:28:48 EDT 2016