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USS DIACHENKO (APD-123 ) - a Crosley-class high speed transport

In Commission 1944 to 1959

APD-123 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUL 1944 - Keel Date: 18 JUL 1944
at Bethlehem Steel Company Quincy MA
AUG 1944 - Launch Date: 15 AUG 1944
DEC 1944 - Commissioned: 8 DEC 1944
APR 1945 - APR 1945 Assault landing Albay Bay Legaspi Luzon Philippine Islands
JAN 1949 - JUL 1949 West Pac
JUL 1950 - FEB 1951 West Pac
SEP 1950 - OCT 1953 Inchon Landing
SEP 1950 - FEB 1951 USS Diachenko APD-123 @Wonsan Korea. 1
NOV 1950 - NOV 1950 USS Diachenko APD-123
OCT 1951 - MAY 1952 West Pac
JAN 1952 - MAR 1952 West Pac - Korea
APR 1952 - MAY 1952 Troops Evacuation @ Hungnam Korea
JUN 1952 - JUN 1952 Chongin Korea blockade
AUG 1952 - AUG 1952 Demonstration Landings @Kojo Korea
FEB 1953 - SEP 1953 West Pac
JUN 1953 - AUG 1953 West Pac
AUG 1956 - AUG 1957 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1958 - OCT 1958 West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG 1958 - Shellback Initiation - 12 AUG 1958 - Pacific Ocean
AUG 1958 - Shellback Initiation - 20 AUG 1958 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1959 - Decommisioned - 30 July 1959
FEB 1962 - MAR 1963 recomissioning San Diego ship yard Portland Oregon retun to L.B
SEP 1963 - APR 1964 West Pac
JAN 1964 - JUL 1964 West Pac
APR 1965 - DEC 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1965 - DEC 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1966 - MAR 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1966 - APR 1967 West Pac
SEP 1966 - Shellback Initiation - 7 SEP 1966 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1968 - AUG 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1969 - JAN 1970 West Pac
JUL 1969 - Decommissioned: 30 JUL 1969
SEP 1969 - Shellback Initiation - 1 SEP 1969 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1970 - JAN 1971 Commisioning
AUG 1970 - JAN 1971 Dry Dock

APD-123 General Specifications

Named for: Alex M. Diachenko (1919-1943)

Complement: 9 Officers and 192-192 Enlisted

Displacement: 1400 tons

Length: 306 feet

Beam: 37 feet

Draft: 12 feet 7 in

Final Disposition: Sold for scrap on 1 June 1975


Alex Diachenko (APD-123) was launched 15 August 1944 by Bethlehem Steel Co. Quincy Mass.; sponsored by Miss M. Diachenko cousin of Watertender Second Class Diachenko; and commissioned 8 December 1944 Lieutenant Commander S. R. Jackson USNR in command.

She was renamed Diachenko 1 March 1945.Diachenko sailed from Norfolk 31 January 1945 and called at San Diego Pearl Harbor Eniwetok and Ulithi before arriving Leyte 21 March. She carried troops in the reoccupation of the Philippines landing soldiers at Legaspi 1 April and Polloc Harbor 17 April. Arriving at Morotai 7 May she transported Australian troops for the invasion landings at Brunei Bay Borneo of 10 to 16 June then returned to Morotai until 26 June when she sailed to land men in the assault of Balikpapan 1 July. From 16 July to 29 August 1945 Diachenko operated in amphibious training at San Pedro Bay. She made three voyages to carry troops from Leyte to Jinsen Korea in September and October then transported men of the 62d Chinese Army from Haiphong French Indo-China to Formosa in November and after a brief overhaul at Manila Bay returned to Tsingtao China 11 December to operate between that port and Shanghai until 16 January 1946. From 17 January to 17 March she served at Taku.

Diachenko arrived at San Pedro Calif. 25 April 1946 and remained on the west coast for operations home ported at San Diego from 1 August. She cruised to the Western Pacific in 1947 visiting Pearl Harbor Kwajalein Wake and Eniwetok and from 26 January to 26 February 1948 voyaged to Alaskan waters calling at Ketchikan Kodiak Portage Bay and Juneau. She sailed from Long Beach 22 October for a cruise to the Far East extended this time by the Communist advance into China during which she evacuated American troops and citizens. She returned to San Diego 25 June 1949 and resumed west coast operations until the outbreak of hostilities in Korea.

Diachenko got underway from San Diego 30 June 1950 5 days after the North Koreans had crossed the 38th parallel. She supported United Nations forces from her base in Sasebo often carrying an underwater demolition team making beach surveys and conducting reconnaissance. She returned to the west coast 9 May 1951 for overhaul.

During her second tour of duty in the Korean War from 10 March to 5 December 1952 Diachenko again carried an underwater demolition team on reconnaissance missions and raids at Wonsan and participated in the bombardment and blockade of the coast from Wonsan to Chongjin. She also conducted rehearsal landings and was primary control vessel during the demonstration landing at Kojo North Korea in October.

Diachenko returned to the west coast for operations and overhaul then carried the 2d Marine Reconnaissance Unit to Nagoya arriving 22 August 1953. Later in the year she joined in amphibious exercises in Japanese waters then served as a station ship at Hong Kong from 27 February to 6 March 1954 and in a large-scale exercise reenacted the Iwo Jima landing from 21 to 25 March. She returned to her home port 7 May.

USS Diachenko sailed from San Diego 31 March 1955 arrived at Yokosuka 19 April and on 3 May she reported to Haiphong French Indo-China where she served as flagship for the Evacuation Unit Commander during the "Passage to Freedom" operation which carried refugees out of North Vietnam. She returned to San Diego 30 September.

Leaving San Diego 28 August 1956 Diachenko embarked an underwater demolition team at Yokosuka and a Marine reconnaissance company at Okinawa and sailed to Thailand to train their Thai counterparts. She also participated in amphibious exercises and landings at Iwo Jima Okinawa and Luzon. She returned to San Diego 26 August 1957 to train reserves and operate with underwater demolition teams.

During her next Western Pacific tour from 12 June to 8 December 1958 Diachenko operated out of Okinawa and Subic Bay Luzon and in Japanese waters. She visited Djakarta Java on 22 and 23 August to unload 6 LCVPs and conducted exercises with Chinese Nationalist forces at Taiwan from 1 to 10 September. Upon her return to San Diego Diachenko resumed local operations until placed in commission in reserve 1 April 1959 She was decommissioned 30 June 1959. Diachenko received two battle stars for World War II service and six for Korean War service.Transcribed by Yves HUBERT

[Note: The above USS DIACHENKO (APD-123) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS DIACHENKO (APD-123) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]