USS TALLADEGA (APA-208)
Talladega (APA-208) was laid down under Maritime
Commission contract ( MCV hull 666) at Richmond
on 3 June 1944 by the Permanente Metals Corp.
Launched on 17 August 1944; sponsored by Miss Marie
TomeRLin; and commissioned on 31 October 1944
Edward H. McMenemy in command.
Following her shakedown cruise
cargo and passengers at San Francisco; got underway
for Hawaii on 6 December; and arrived at Pearl Harbor
on the 11th. The attack transport conducted amphibious
landing exercises with elements of the 28th Regimental
Combat Team (RCT)
5th Marine Division
for the assault on the Volcano Islands. She departed
Pearl Harbor on 27 January 1945 and proceeded via
Eniwetok to the Mariana Islands.
Talladega sortied from Saipan as a unit of Task
the Assault Group
on 16 February and
arrived off Iwo Jima on the morning of the 19th
"D-day." After landing her troops
she remained off the
beaches embarking combat casualties for six days before
heading back toward Saipan.
Talladega was routed onward through Tulagi and
New Caledonia to the New Hebrides. She loaded troops
and equipment of the 165th RCT
27th Infantry Division
at Espiritu Santo on 24 March and departed the
next day. Her troops were part of the reserve for the
invasion of Okinawa; and
after a stop at Ulithi
arrived off that island on 9 April. She finished unloading her passengers and cargo by the 14th and returned
Talladega was subsequently ordered to the Philippine
Islands and arrived at Subic Bay on 31 May. She
remained in the Philippines
training elements of the
Americal and 1st Cavalry Divisions for a projected invasion of Japan. However
before the operation began
On 25 August
troops of the 1st Cavalry Division
and the transport headed for Yokohama the
next day. She disembarked her passengers there between 2 and 4 September and then returned to the
Philippines to pick up soldiers of the 41st Infantry
Division for transportation to Japan. The attack transport reached Kure
on 5 October.
Talladega returned to Leyte on 16 October for provisions and fuel. The next day
she loaded 1
at Samar and sailed for the United States. The ship
arrived at San Pedro on 3 November and disembarked
her passengers. She made three more round-trips to
the Pacific to return troops: to Okinawa in December
to the Philippines in April 1946
and to China in
July. When Talladega returned to San Francisco in
she began preparations for inactivation and assignment to the Reserve Fleet. She was placed out of
on 27 December 1946.
The outbreak of hostilities in Korea on 25 June 1950
increased the Navy's need for active amphibious ships.
Talladega was recommissioned at
on 8 December 1951. She operated
along the west coast until November 1952 when she
embarked aviation personnel at San Francisco and
steamed westward as a unit of Transport Division 12.
The assault transport arrived at Yokosuka
29 November. She loaded men and equipment of the 1st
Cavalry Division and headed for the Korean war zone.
Talladega arrived at Pusan on 14 December 1952
and returned to Japan on the 18th. During the
next nine months
the transport provided amphibious
training for the United Nations forces in Japan and
redeployed troops from one area in Korea to another.
She operated in the war zone during each of the first
seven months of 1963
but June. She worked along both
transporting troops and supplies to such ports
before returning to
San Diego on 16 August 1963.
During the next 12 years
the transport's operations
along the west coast were broken by seven deployments
to the western Pacific. In 1966
when United States
forces assumed a combat role in South Vietnam
Talladega stood out of Long Beach on 27 April
for duty with the 7th Fleet. After calling at Pearl
Harbor from 2 to 6 May
she proceeded to Guam
where she loaded cargo for Vietnam. She delivered
the equipment and supplies at Danang on 30 and
31 May. Following upkeep at Subic Bay
transport moved to Okinawa to combat load the
for passage to Vietnam.
On 1 July
Talladega joined Task Group 76.6
of Iwo Jima (LPH-2) and Point Defiance (LSD-31).
Marines from the three ships were assault-landed at
Qui Nhon and cleared Viet Cong forces from the
mountains around Qui Nhon harbor by the 6th. They
then reembarked in the ships which remained in the
area until 22 July
From 16 to 26 August
Talladega participated in
" landing marines 10 miles south
of Chu Lai. On 12 September
she joined Task Group
in mid-September and early October
conducted the first two raids by a Navy-Marine Corps team
in the Vietnamese conflict. On 11 October
the ship returned to Subic Bay and disembarked the marines and
then proceeded to Okinawa to unload equipment. After
calls at Yokosuka and Pearl Harbor
arrived at Long Beach on 17 November 1966.
Talladega returned to the western Pacific from 14
January to 17 April 1966. During this period
she transported two loads of marines and their equipment from
Okinawa to Chu Lai. In 1967
the transport was deployed from 21 July to 1 December. Elements of the
11th Infantry Brigade were transported to Hawaii
in July; and
after calling at Guam
Talladega proceeded to Subic Bay. She arrived there on 27 August
and began loading supplies for Vietnam. However
change in orders sent her to Japan. The transport arrived at Yokosuka on 7 September
loaded supplies for
Operation "Hand Clasp
" and headed for Korea the
next day. She offloaded supplies at Pusan from 17 to
20 September and returned to Japan. On 12 October
Talladega got underway for Vietnam.
Talladega arrived at Vung Tau on 19 October and
loaded "Hand Clasp" supplies for delivery to Saigon.
She offloaded the supplies between 26 and 31 October.
The ship then began the return voyage to the United
States. After calling at Hong Kong
she arrived at Long Beach on 1 Decemeber 1967.
Talladega was placed in a caretaker status for 18
months before being decommissioned in July 1969. In
she was redesignated LPA-208. On 20
Talladega was transferred to the temporary custody of the Maritime Administration and
berthed at Olympia
Wash. On 1 September 1971
ship was transferred to the permanent custody of the
Maritime Administration. In July 1972
was moved to Suisun Bay where she remained into
Talladega received two battle stars for World War
two for Korea
and three for Vietnam.
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