- USS Karnes (APA-175)
USS "Karnes" (APA-175) was a "Haskell"-class
attack transportacquired by the U.S. Navyduring World War IIfor the task of transporting troops to and from combat areas.
World War II service
"Karnes" ("APA-175") was launched
7 November 1944by Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, Oregon, for the Maritime Commission; sponsored by Miss Nora Clancy; acquired and commissioned by the Navy 3 December 1944, Captain R. B. Miller in command.
Landing troops on Saipan and embarking the wounded
After shakedown along the
Californiacoast "Karnes" arrived Pearl Harbor 13 February 1945with passengers and cargo from the U.S. West Coast. Six days later she sailed in convoyto land troops at Saipanand other staging areas in the Pacific Ocean. At Saipanshe embarked 406 U.S. Marineswounded in the Iwo Jimacampaign and returned Pearl Harbor 17 March.
Reinforcing Okinawa with troops and supplies
Okinawainvasion well underway, "Karnes" departed Pearl Harbor 7 Aprilwith troops and supplies to reinforce Americans fighting on that bitterly contested island. She arrived Okinawa 3 Mayand unloaded troops and equipment while under heavy kamikazeattack. She departed the battle zone 8 Maywith 866 survivors of ships damaged by kamikazes. "Karnes" discharged some survivors at Saipanand arrived San Francisco, California, 27 Maywith the remaining group. She returned to the embattled Pacific islands, arriving Manila 1 Julywith troop replacements and cargo. Following this mission, the transport returned Pearl Harbor 23 Julyto begin training for the anticipated invasion of the Japanese home islands and maneuvers.
End-of-war “mopping up” operations
Upon the cessation of hostilities
14 August"Karnes" began preparing for the occupation of Japan, arriving Sasebo 22 September. She was then assigned to " Operation Magic-Carpet" duty returning men eligible for discharge, and arrived San Francisco 11 Novemberwith her first group of veterans. "Karnes" ended a second "Magic-Carpet" cruise 12 January 1946, returning American fighting men from China.
13 Februaryshe departed San Francisco and arrived Norfolk, Virginia, 2 Marchwhere she decommissioned 11 April 1946and was struck from the Navy list. "Karnes" was returned to the War Shipping Administration(WSA) 24 April 1946. She entered the National Defense Reserve Fleetand was berthed in James River, Virginia. In 1974"Karnes" was sold for scrapping.
Military awards and honors
"Karnes" received one
battle starfor World War IIservice at Okinawa.
List of United States Navy ships
World War II
* [http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/k1/karnes.htm USS Karnes]
* [http://www.navsource.org/archives/10/03/03175.htm NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive - APA-175 Karnes]
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