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USS Goldsborough (APD-32)
USS Goldsborough (AVD-5) (1940-1943)
USS Goldsborough (AVP-15) (1939 - 1940)
USS Goldsborough (DD-188) (1920 - 1939, 1940 - 1943, and 1945)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Papa - Tango
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Defense Service Medal (with Destroyer clasp)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal
Clemson Class Destroyer:
Laid Down, 8 June 1918, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News VA
Launched, 20 November 1918
Commissioned, USS Goldsborough (Destroyer No. 188), 26 January 1920, CDR. Francis M. Robinson USN in command
Designated (DD-188), 17 July 1920
Decommissioned, 14 July 1922 at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
Converted to an Aircraft Tender (Small), at New York Navy Yard
Designated (AVP-15), 15 November 1939
Recommissioned, 1 July 1940, LCDR. Philip R. Kauffman USN, in command
Designation changed to Seaplane Tender (Destroyer) (AVD-5), 5 August 1940
Reverted to (DD-188), 1 December 1943
Converted to a High-speed Transport at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
Redesignated (APD-32), 7 March 1944
During World War II USS Goldsborough (APD-32) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twelve, COMO. R. L. Short;
TransDiv One Hundred Two, CDR. J. N. Hughes USN (31) and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 to 28 July 1944
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 3 to 6 March 1945
Capture and occupation of Tinian, 28 July 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 10 April to 31 May 1945
3rd Fleet supporting operations Okinawa attack, 18 November 1944
Reverted to (DD-188), 10 July 1945
Decommissioned, 11 October 1945
Struck from the Naval Register 24 October 1945
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 21 November 1946 to Hugo Nuef Corp, New York NY
USS Goldsborough earned five battle stars for service in World War II.
Displacement; 1,215 t.(lt) 1,780 t.(fl)
Length; 314' 4"
Beam; 30' 8"
Draft; 12' 3"
Speed; 27.6 kts.
four LCP(L) landing craft
three single 3"/50 cal gun mounts
two single 40mm AA gun mounts
five single 20mm AA gun mounts
one depth charge track
four depth charge projectors
NSFO 3,025 Bbls
Diesel 93 Bbls
two Westinghouse geared turbines
three White-Forester boilers, 250psi Sat°
two turbo-drive 60K2 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
two propellers, 26,000shp
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|USS Goldsborough (AVD-5)
||USS Goldsborough (AVD-5) underway, date and location unknown.
||USS Goldsborough (AVD-5) photographed from USS Core (CVE-13) while at sea, circa October-November 1943.
US National Archives. Photo # 80-G-269105 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|USS Goldsborough (APD-32)
||USS Goldsborough (APD-32) underway, date and location unknown.
||CWO3 Curt Clark, USN Ret.
Secretary/Treasurer American APD Corporation
||USS Goldsborough (APD-32) off Charleston Navy Yard, S.C., 6 April 1944, following conversion from a Destroyer (DD-188, ex-AVD-5).
US Navy photo # 91796 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, courtesy of Arthur D. Baker III, 1981.
USS Goldsborough (DD-188/APD-15/AVD-5/APD-32)
Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Kauffman, Roland Philip USN (22)||1 July 1940 - 17 August 1942||AVD-5|
|02||LCDR. Darnell, William Irvin USN (29)||17 August 1942 - December 1942||AVD-5|
|03||LCDR. Fiala, Reid Puryear USN (29)||December 1942 - 20 July 1943||AVD-5|
|04||LT. Meehan III, William Joseph USN||20 July 1943 - 24 February 1945||AVD-5 / AVP-32|
|04||LT. Caton, Clifford E. USNR||24 February 1945 - August 1945||AVP-32|
|05||LT. Hyde, Frank T. USNR||August 1945 - September 1945||AVP-32 / DD-188|
|06||LT. Harvi, Charles J. USNR||September 1945 11 October 1945||AVP-32 / DD-188|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
|American APD Corporation
Four Stack APD Veterans
Contact: CWO3 Curtis G. Clark USN Ret.
Address: 3080 Monarch St.,San Diego CA. 92123
Phone:: 858 427-6696
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
"The Green Dragons" Four-stack APD destroyer-transports in World War Two
Last Updated 10 May 2013
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