McCAWLEY APA 4

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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    McCawley Class Transport
    Completed 1928 as Passenger Steamer SANTA BARBARA
    Acquired by U.S. Navy from Grace Lines July 26 1940
    Renamed July 29 1940

  1. USS McCAWLEY AP-10
    Commissioned Transport (AP) September 11 1940

  2. USS McCAWLEY APA-4
    Reclassified Attack Transport (APA) February 1 1943
    SUNK June 30 1943
    McCAWLEY would come under fire and be struck by a torpedo from a Japanese plane at Rendova Island, near New Georgia. However the critical blow to the ship came at 2023 hours when a group of six U.S. PT boats mistook her for an enemy ship and torpedoed her

    Struck from Naval Register (Date unknown)

 

Naval Covers

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  1. McCawley Covers Page 1    (1940-42)

 

Postmarks

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Postmark Type
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Killer Bar Text

Date From
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Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


 

Locy Type
FDPS 9efw

1940-10-09
to
1940-10-09

GregCiesielski McCawley AP10 19401009 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski McCawley AP10 19401009 1 Front.jpg

As AP-10. First Day of Postal Service, Cachet by Gordon A. Shaw


 

Locy Type
FDPS 9x

1940-10-09
to
1940-10-09

GregCiesielski McCawley AP10 19401009 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski McCawley AP10 19401009 2 Front.jpg

As AP-10. First Day of Postal Service, Cachet by Gordon A. Shaw


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BTT)

1941-10-19
to
1941-10-19

JonBurdett mccawley ap10 19401019 pm.jpg
JonBurdett mccawley ap10 19401019.jpg

As AP-10. Cachet by Gordon A. Shaw


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)

1941-08-20
to
1941-08-20

GregCiesielski McCawley AP10 19410820 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski McCawley AP10 19410820 1 Front.jpg

As AP-10


 

Locy Type
3z (BTT)

"FREE / USN"

1942-12-15
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1942-12-15

GregCiesielski McCawley AP10 19421215 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski McCawley AP10 19421215 1 Front.jpg

As AP-10. Censored sailor's mail

 

Other Information

McCAWLEY received five battle stars for her World War II service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Defense Service Medal - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal

NAMESAKE - Col. Charles G. McCawley USMC (January 29 1827 - October 13 1891)
McCawley was appointed Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps March 3 1847. He took part in the storming of Chapultepec and the capture of Mexico City during the Mexican War. He was brevetted First Lieutenant September 13 1847, for gallantry in those actions. In the Civil War, he aided in the capture of Port Royal, S.C., November 7 1861 and led a detachment of 200 marines to reoccupy the Norfolk Navy Yard, May 1862. He subsequently commanded marine detachments during operations in Charleston Harbor against Forts Wagner, Gregg, and Sumter. For gallant and meritorious conduct during the boat attack on the latter fort, September 8 1863, he was brevetted Major. In 1876 he was appointed Colonel Commandant, the highest post in the Marine Corps, and served in that position until he retired in 1891. Colonel McCawley died at Philadelphia, October 13 1891

 


 

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