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Granville (APA-171)


A county in North Carolina.

(APA-171: dp. 12.450; l. 455'; b. 62'; dr. 24'; s. 18 k.: cpl. 536; a. 1 5"; cl. Haskell)

Granville (APA-171) was launched 23 October 1944 by the Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, Oreg., under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. Lowell Stockman; transferred to the Navy 21 November 1944 and commissioned the same day, Capt. Robert  A. MacKerracher in command.

Granville began her transport duties When she cleared San Francisco 26 January 1945 carrying passengers to Pearl Harbor, the Marshalls, Carolines and Marianas. Departing Honolulu 18 April 1945 Granville sortied from Saipan 2 May to land 1,350 troops of the 10th Army on Okinawa 6-8 May. Already begun, Okinawa was the climax of America's amphibious sweep across the Pacific.

Departing Okinawa 15 May 1945 Granville delivered casualties to San Francisco 10 June via Ulithi, Guam and Pearl Harbor. Clearing San Francisco 26 June she called again at Okinawa with more troops. Granville departed Okinawa 23 August and loaded occupation troops at Lingayen Gulf 10-20 September 1945. Putting her troops ashore at Wakayama, Japan, 25 September she called at Mindanao, P.I., 9-14 October to embark 1,447 troops of the 2d Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment. Granville sailed from Mindanao 15 October and landed her troops at Matsuyama 21-24 October 1945; part of the 5th Fleet landing of X Corps (Central Occupation Group), 6th Army in Kyushu and western Honshu.

Departing Matsuyama, Japan 28 October 1945, Granville was assigned to the "Magic-Carpet" fleet carrying veteran troops to the United States from the Solomons, New Guinea, Admiralties, New Hebrides, and New Caledonia. She returned to San Francisco from her last voyage 25 January 1946, sailed from San Francisco 15 February and reached Norfolk 9 March 1946 via the Canal Zone.

Granville decommissioned there 10 May 1946. She was returned to the Maritime Commission the next day and her name stricken from the Navy last 21 May 1946. Placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, she is now berthed in James River, Va.

Granville earned one battle star for World War II service.

Published: Wed Jun 12 14:53:53 EDT 2019