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USS Noble (APA-218)

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USS Noble (APA-218)

USN USN USN USN International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Quebec - RomeoNPQR
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Caribou Alpha
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (6)
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Quemoy-Matsu, Cuba, Vietnam) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal

USS Noble (APA-218) was transferred to Spain and renamed Aragón (TA-11)
Haskell Class Attack Transport
  • Laid down, 20 July 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 566), at Permanente Metals Corp., Richmond, CA.
  • Commissioned USS Noble (APA-218), 27 November 1944, CDR. Solomon S. Isquith USN (20) in command
  • During World War II USS Noble was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-One, COMO. J.R. Palmer USN (13);
    TransDiv Sixty-Two, CAPT. H. E. Padock USN (15) and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 5 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Noble was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 to 13 September 1945  
    20 to 24 September 1945  
    23 October to 2 November 1945 23 October to 2 November 1945
    23 to 26 December 1945 15 to 28 March 1951
      6 to 15 February 1955 1951

  • During the Korean War USS Noble participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    18 to 21 September 1950
    8 to 31 October 1950
    First UN Counter Offensive
    8 to 11 February 1951
    27 February to 6 March 1951
    Communist China Aggression
    2 to 28 December 1950
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    6 November 1951
    11 to 14 November 1951
    Inchon Landing
    14 to 17 September 1950
    Second Korean Winter
    22 to 23 January 1952
    3 to 4 February 1952

  • During the Vietnam War USS Noble participated in the following campaign:
    Vietnam War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Advisory Campaign
    24 April to 4 May 1963
    27 August to 12 September 1963
    1 to 10 November 1963
  • Decommissioned, 1 July 1964, at San Diego, CA.
  • Transferred (sold) under terms of the Mutual Assistance Program, to Spain, 19 December 1964, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Commissioned into the Spanish Navy as Aragón (TA-11)
  • Decommissioned to reserve in 1980
  • Name assigned to ex USS Francis Marion (LPA-249)
  • Struck from the Spanish Navy List, 1 January 1982
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1987
  • USS Noble earned one battle star for World War II service, six battle stars for Korean War service and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for Vietnam War service
    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t (fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 24' (lim)
    Speed 17.7 kts.
  • Complement
    Officers 56
    Enlisted 480
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 87
    Enlisted 1,475
    Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
    Cargo Capacity 2,900 DWT
    non-refrigerated 150,000 Cu ft.
    two LCMs
    one open LCPL
    one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
    two LCPRs
    eighteen LCVPs
    one single 5"/38 cal dual-purpose gun mount
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 7,780 Bbls
    Diesel 970 Bbls
    one Westinghouse geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 465psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ships' Service Generators
    one propeller, 8,500shp
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    USN USS Noble (APA-218)
    USN 80k USS Noble (APA-218) anchored off New York City, 25 May 1946, with YW-107 alongside.
    US Navy Photo # NH 66832 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of the Mariners Museum, Newport News, ViA. Ted Stone Collection.
    US Naval Historical Center
    USN 128k USS Noble (APA-218) under way circa late 1940s or early 1950s, location unknown
    US Navy Photo # NH97121 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    USN 87k USS Noble (APA-218) under way off San Diego, December 1956
    US Navy Photo # NH97122, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    USN 67k USS Noble (APA-218)'s, LCVPs wait their turn to go up to the pontoon docks to unload troops and supplies, on the first day of the landings during the Inchon Invasion, 15 September 1950.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-420005, a US Navy photo, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Scott from LBS Products
    USN 100k USS Noble (APA-218) ship's plaque.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 75746-KN
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.


    USS Noble (APA-218) Memorabilia
    Welcome Aboard (1960)
    Contributed by Chet Morris
    Transfer Ceremony pamphlet
    Contributed by Jose Angel Balonga Valverde

    USS Noble (APA-218)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01 CDR. Isquith, Solomon Silas :RADM 27 November 1944 - ?
    03 CDR. Cunningham Jr., Carl Robert, USN 15 June 1947 - 5 October 1948
    04 LT. Parzych, Henry Myron USN 5 October 1948 - June 1950
    05 CAPT. Flaherty, Michael Francis Donald :RADM June 1950 - October 1951
    06 CAPT. Howard, James Hampden ;RADM October 1951 - 1952
    07 CAPT. Rivero Jr., Horacio (Rivets) :ADM 1952 - 1953
    08 CAPT. Rutter, Royal Lawrence 1953 - 1954
    09 CAPT. Howe, Charles Melvin 1954 - 1955
    10 CAPT. Kintberger, Leon Samuel :RADM 1955 - ?
    12 CAPT. Oseth, John Marcus October 1957 - July 1958
    13 CAPT. Wideman, William Bomar July 1958 - ?
    17 CAPT. Hall Jr., Harvey Wright 1963 - 1 July 1964


    Noble II (APA-218)

    (APA-218: dp. 10,500 (f.); l. 455'3"; b. 63'4"; dr. 24', s. 18 k.; cpl. 536; a. 1 5", 12 40mm., 24 landing craft; cl. Haskell; T. VC2-S-AP5)

    Counties in Indiana, Ohio, and Oklahoma. Noble County in Indiana was named for Noah Noble, an early governor of that state; Noble County in Ohio was named for James Noble, an early settler; and Noble County in Oklahoma was named for John Noble, Secretary of the Interior from 1889 to 1893.


    Noble (APA-218) was laid down as MCV hull 566, 20 July 1944 by Permanente Metals Corp., Richmond, Calif. as a modified Victory ship; completed by the Kaiser Shipyard at Richmond; launched 18 October 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Maxine C. Jones; acquired by the Navy 27 November 1944; and commissioned the same day, Comdr. Solomon S. Isquith in command.

    Noble's primary mission was to transport to a combat area the men and some of the material necessary for an assault on an enemy shore. Her main armament, her boat group, was designed to deliver her troops and cargo to the beach in a planned and orderly fashion. After discharging troops and equipment, she could evacuate casualties or prisoners of war.

    In January 1945 Noble steamed westward to participate in the Okinawa campaign. Upon termination of the war she assisted in the delivery of released allied prisoners of war from Korea to the Philippines. She also participated in Operation "Magic Carpet," returning servicemen from the Pacific to the United States.

    Noble was attached to the Atlantic Fleet from 1946 through 1949, operating out of Norfolk, Va. She returned to San Diego 13 September 1949 and was undergoing overhaul at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, San Francisco when war broke out in Korea in June 1950.



    Unit Officers Enlisted Total
    H&Sco 1stMar 32 321 353
    H&Sco 1stBn 1stMAR 17 202 219
    %pnsCo 1stBn1stMAR 6 217 223
    "A" Co 1stBn 1stMAR 7 234 241
    "V" Co 1stBn 1stMAR 7 227 234
    "C" Co 1stBn 1stMAR 7 221 228
    "D" Co 1stNedBn 5 102 107
    81 1524 1605

    In August she steamed to Korea to participate in the September Inchon amphibious assault. Thereafter she assisted in the transport of U.S. and foreign troops and equipment to and from the Korean combat zone. In July 1953 she participated in Operation "Big Switch," moving Communist North Korean prisoners from Koje Do to Inchon pursuant to the armistice agreement.

    Subsequent to the Korean War, Noble conducted training operations in both the eastern and western Pacific areas. In 1955 she assisted in the evacuation of Chinese civilians and military from the Tachen Islands to Formosa.

    At the outset of the Cuban crisis 27 October 1962, Noble embarked 1,400 Marines with their equipment and steamed for the Caribbean in company with other Pacific Fleet amphibious units. She returned to San Diego in December, then deployed to WestPac in March 1963 for a tour with the 7th Fleet Amphibious Ready Group.

    Noble returned to San Diego in December 1963 and conducted upkeep and training operations until she decommissioned 1 July 1964. She then entered the Mare Island Naval Shipyard for preparation for transfer to Spain under the Mutual Assistance Program. The transfer ceremony took place 19 December at San Francisco.

    Published:Thu Aug 13 14:44:55 EDT 2015