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USS Pickaway (APA-222)

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USS Pickaway (LPA-222)
USS Pickaway (APA-222) (1944 - 1969)

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Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (6)
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2-Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (4) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (6)
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
Length 455'
Beam 62'
Draft 24' (lim)
Speed 17.7 kts (trial)


Officers 56
Enlisted 480
Troop Accommodations
Officers 86
Enlisted 1,475
Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
Cargo Capacity 2,900 DWTs
non-refrigerated 150,000 cul 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
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
one quad 40mm AA gun mount
ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacities
NSFO 7,800 Bbls
Diesel 970 Bbls
one Westinghouse geared steam turbine
two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 465psi 750
double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
one propeller, 8,500shp
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USN_Units 232k USS Pickaway (APA-222) change of command. CAPT. Augustus R. St Angelo (Left) relieved CAPT. Samuel H. Crittenden, Jr. at Mare Island, 6 January 6 1951.
File name: APA 222 7933-1-51, US Navy Photo, 1/6/51 from the collections of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum collection.
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USN_Units 126k Stern view of USS Pickaway (APA-222) while at anchor in San Diego Bay, CA., circa 1952. Don Garner
USN_Units 44k USS Pickaway (APA-222) under way, circa 1953, location unknown. Robert Hurst
USN_Units 111k USS Pickaway (APA-222) moored pierside at Naval Station Subic Bay, Philippine Islands circa December 1962. Pickaway had transported a battalion of Marines to the Philippines for jungle warfare training. R.P. Richard USMC 1960-64.
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USN_Units 62k USS Pickaway (APA-222) center and USS George Clymer (APA-27) (right) at anchor off the Hawaiian Islands, 1964. Photo by LT. Richard Dawson USS Renville.
USN_Units 133k USS Pickaway (APA-222) under way in the Pearl Harbor channel, 28 April 1964.
US Navy photo # KN-9116 courtesy Shipscribe.com
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USN_Units 69k USS Pickaway (APA-222) at Subic Bay PI, April 1966 Richard Leonhardt
USN_Units 27k USS Pickaway (APA-222) under way, date and location unknown. USS Pickaway
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USN_Units 68k USS Pickaway (APA-222) at Manila, P.I., date unknown. USS Pickaway
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USN_Units 48k USS Pickaway (APA-222) under way, date and location unknown. Tom Crew
USN_Units 99k USS Pickaway (APA-222) outbound to sea from San Diego, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
USN_Units 20k USS Pickaway (APA-222) under way date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.

USS Pickaway (APA-222 / LPA-222)

Commanding Officers
01 CDR. Bixby, Harry Llewellyn 12 December 1944 - 21 February 1946
02 CAPT. McMurtrey, Thomas Bradford 21 February 1946 - 27 July 1947
03 CAPT. Blackwell, Cecil Llewellyn, USN (25) 27 July 1947 - ?
04 CAPT. Crittenden Jr., Samuel Hallett :RADM 1950 - 6 January 1951
05 CAPT. St. Angelo, Augustus Robert 6 January 1951 - ?
06 CAPT. Robbins Jr., Berton Aldrich :RADM 1953 - ?
09 CAPT. Ross, James Grant August 1959 - August 1961
10 CAPT. Leon, Strauss Samuel August 1961 - 16 October 1962
11 CAPT. Theo, John Baptiste 16 October 1962 - 14 May 1963
12 CAPT. McDougal, Clifford Alexander 1964
15 CAPT. Holder, Billy Douglas :RADM 1966 - 1967
16 CAPT. Kelly Jr., Merrill Elmer USN (45) 1967 - 1969
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Name: USS Pickaway

Builder: Permanente Metals Corporation, Richmond, California
Laid down: 1 September 1944
Launched: 5 November 1944
Commissioned: 12 December 1944
Decommissioned: 1 September 1976
Struck: 1 September 1976

Honors and
awards: 1 battle star (World War II)
6 battle stars (Korea)

Fate: Disposed of by MARAD, 1 February 1980, fate unknown

General characteristics
Class and type: Haskell-class attack transport
Displacement: 14,837 long tons (15,075 t)
Length: 455 ft (139 m)
Beam: 62 ft (19 m)
Draft: 24 ft (7.3 m)
Propulsion: 1 Westinghouse geared turbine
2 Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers
1 propeller
8,500 shp (6,338 kW)
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)

Troops: 1,561 troops and heavy equipment
Complement: 536 officers and enlisted

Armament: 1 5"/38 caliber guns
4 twin 40 mm guns
10 single 20 mm guns

USS Pickaway (APA/LPA-222) was a Haskell-class attack transport of the United States Navy. Built and used during World War II, she was of the VC2-S-AP5 Victory ship design type.

Service history

Pickaway was laid down by the Permanente Metals Corp., Richmond, California, as a victory cargo ship (MCV hull 570), on 1 September 1944; launched on 5 November 1944; sponsored by Mrs. William D. Schoning; converted into an APA; acquired by the Navy and commissioned on 12 December 1944, Comdr. H. L. Bixby in command.

World War II

After shakedown and amphibious exercises at Coronado Beach, California, Pickaway embarked some 1,500 Army troops at Seattle, Washington, departed on 9 February, arrived Pearl Harbor on 16 February, disembarked the troops and headed for Iwo Jima to evacuate Marine forces who were finishing off the remaining Japanese forces on the island. Pickaway reached Iwo Jima on 14 March, received on board the 24th Marine Regiment, sailed on 20 March, and returned to Pearl Harbor on 5 April.

Pickaway participated in amphibious exercises until sailing for Guam on 4 May with military passengers. Arriving Guam on 17 May, she embarked soldiers, sailors, and marines; departed Apra Harbor on 22 May; and arrived San Francisco on 7 June.

On 2 July she took on board Navy and Coast Guard passengers and departed San Francisco for Noumea, New Caledonia. Following disembarking of personnel in Noumea on 8 July, Pickaway steamed to Espiritu Santo, Russell Island, and Guadalcanal to pick up passengers and sailed on 23 July for San Francisco where she arrived on 6 August.
While preparing for another transpacific voyage, the ship learned of the end of hostilities. During the remainder of 1945, Pickaway shuttled back and forth across the Pacific embarking passengers at bases in the western Pacific and returning them to the United States.
Remaining in the Amphibious Force, Pacific Fleet, Pickaway visited both Japan and China in 1947 and participated in "Operation Sandstone", the second atomic test in the Pacific, early in 1948.

Korean War

On the summer of 1950, a month after the North Korean forces marched against South Korea, Pickaway began shuttling U.S. Army troops from Japan to Pusan to stem the tide of battle. On 15 September 1950, she saw her first real amphibious invasion at Inch'ŏn, when the U.N. forces flanked the North Koreans. During the Korean War, Pickaway was deployed to the Korean area four times. She landed troops on most of the major Korean beachheads.

In March 1955, Pickaway left Korea for the last time, carrying troops of the same brigade she transported to Korea on her first trip. During 1957 and 1958, Pickaway made regular deployments to WestPac. During Pickaway's 1958 WestPac tour, she took part in "Exercise Blue Star", which was the largest amphibious exercise conducted by Pacific Fleet forces since World War II.


After returning from the Far East in August 1963, Pickaway entered the Willamette Iron and Steel Works shipyard at Richmond, California, for Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization (FRAM). In January 1964, the ship began extensive underway and amphibious training, and in March, departed San Diego for Hawaii, and large scale amphibious "Operation Westwind". On 18 June she got underway from San Diego for a six month cruise to the western Pacific. Soon after arriving in Yokosuka, she was ordered to proceed at once to Buckner Bay, Okinawa, to embark a Marine Battalion for transport to Vietnam to help build up American forces after the Gulf of Tonkin Incident.

In March 1965, she participated in the Pacific Fleet Exercise "Silver Lance". On 24 May 1965, she again bolstered the Allied military effort in Vietnam. On 7 July 1965 together with other elements of Amphibious Squadron 3, Pickaway landed the 2nd Battalion of the 9th Marine Regiment over the beaches of Da Nang, South Vietnam.
During 1966 she participated in operations "Jackstay", "Osage", "Deck House I", "Nathan Hale", "Deck House II", and "Hastings".
After overhaul and training out of San Diego, Pickaway departed San Diego on 31 May for the western Pacific and after offloading cargo at Da Nang, proceeded to Manila for participation in the SEATO training exercise "Sea Dog." On 19 October Pickaway replenished Oriskany (CVA-34) at sea in the Tonkin Gulf. Pickaway spent 1968 operating out of San Diego, California.


Pickaway received one battle star for World War II service and six battle stars for Korean War service