|USS NESHOBA APA 216||Crew Member Pictures:|
Plaque from Neshoba - on my home office door
|History and crew list||P.E. Peterson's scrapbook|
|Cruise BookHULLNUMBER.COM||Ray Allen, Rieger etc..,|
|Neshoba's Deck logs||Chris Kirkegard|
|Dispatches and Trident Tribune||Randy Land|
|Frank's Service Record||Joe Vaghi II|
|Magic Carpet||George J. Calovich|
|Letters from the 97th Division||Bob Glidewell|
|Dollar Bill signed on Neshoba||Joel Pipitone, Ben Domack and James Caronna etc...|
|Honor Flight with - Randy Land||Lt. Martin P. Busch|
|Email Russ (the Webmaster)||Boat Crew-Wesley Page, Sandy Kleinberg, John Crabtree, Joseph Morin + Walter Turner|
|Marlowe John Dahlgren Jr., died on duty May 7, 1945||Donations to website|
USS Marblehead - Lt. Drury was Damage Control officer on this ship - he earned the Navy Cross for his actions!
I have missed some names, please contact me with updates. Living as of last notice:
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Images from the Neshoba's Cruise Book are thanks to one of my Dad's Shipmates, Bill Allingham.
He gave me his copy of the Cruise Book so that the history will be preserved.
If you are a Neshoba Vet or related to a Neshoba Vet and are interested in a digital copy, send me an email at Amphibs@Rpadden.com. It is too large to post on the website.
I have sent out copies to every one of the Neshoba vets I have found. Thank you Bill for your gift!
Excerpts from the Book can be found in the link below (APA 216 History and crew list)
Laid down (date unknown) as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 564) at Permanente Metals Corp., Richmond, CA.
Launched, 7 October 1944
Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Commission on loan-charter
Commissioned USS Neshoba (APA-216), 16 November 1944, CDR. Martin J. Drury in command
During World War II USS Neshoba was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
Decommissioned, 4 December 1946, at Stockton, CA.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Stockton Group
Returned to the Maritime Administration, 4 September 1958, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 March 1975, to American Ship Dismantlers Inc., Portland, OR. for $210,001
USS Neshoba received one battle star for her World War II service
Named for a county in Mississippi.
Neshoba (APA–216), ex-MCV hull 564, was built under Maritime Commission contract by the Permanente Metals Corp., Richmond, Calif.; launched 7 October 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Wendall E. Adams; and acquired and commissioned 16 November 1944, Comdr. Martin J. Drury in command.
Following shakedown off the southern California coast, the “Victory” transport Neshoba departed San Francisco, 7 January 1945, bound for Pearl Harbor. On arrival there she discharged her cargo of food and took on SeaBees, troops, and materiel for transportation to the Philippines. She stood into Leyte Gulf 20 February and, after disembarking her passengers and their equipment at Guiuan, Samar, proceeded into San Pedro Bay. There, on 2 March, she assumed flagship duties for TransDiv 42 and commenced training with units of the 96th Infantry Division for operation “Iceberg,” the invasion of the Ryukyus.
Clearing Leyte Gulf, 27 March, as a unit of TF 55 (the Southern Attack Force), Neshoba steamed north, arriving off the Hagushi beaches before dawn on 1 April. At 0615, she commenced lowering her boats to participate in the first six waves against the southern beaches, White and Brown. After H-hour, 0830, she remained in the transport area, beginning the discharge of her cargo at 1653. For the next three days she off-loaded cargo and disembarked troops by day and retired at night, meeting little resistance from the Japanese defenders of Okinawa.
On 5 April she sailed eastward for Hawaii. Steaming via Guam, where she took on Japanese POWs, she arrived at Pearl Harbor on the 22nd, discharged her POWs, and then took up training duties off Maui. In mid-May, she was ordered to San Francisco, where she embarked Naval Repair Unit personnel for Okinawa. Sailing 7 June, she was held at Guam for three weeks, arriving at Buckner Bay 24 July. There she found the Japanese resistance, bolstered by the Kamikaze Corps much stiffer than it had been on 1 April. She remained for only five days, departing for Saipan on the 29th. At Saipan, she took on passengers and headed for the United States, arriving at Seattle 24 August.
While enroute hostilities had ceased (14 August) and Neshoba was assigned to carry occupation troops to the Japanese home islands. Departing 10 September with a detachment of 97th Infantry Division personnel aboard, she steamed into Tokyo Bay in early October. Then assigned to TG 16.12, the “Magic Carpet,” she was employed in shuttling veterans home until March, 1946. The following month she reported to Com 19th Fleet for inactivation. Decommissioned at Stockton, 4 December, she remained a unit of the Pacific Reserve Fleet until 4 September 1958 when she was transferred to the custody of the Maritime Administration and struck from the Navy List, 1 October 1958. Since that time, into 1970, Neshoba has been laid tip at Suisun Bay as a unit of the National Defense Reserve Fleet.
Neshoba received one battle star for her World War II service.