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Drew APA-162


A county in Arkansas.

(APA-162: dp. 6,873, 1. 466'; b. 62'; dr. 24'; s. 17 k.;
cpl. 536; a. 1 6"; cl. Haskell)

Drew (APA-162) was launched 14 September 1944 by Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, Oreg., under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. G. De Garmo; and commissioned 22 October 1944, Commander D. H. Swinson, USNR, in command.

Drew sailed from San Pedro, Calif., 10 December 1944 with passengers for Seattle where she loaded cargo, departing on the 18th for Honolulu. She sail from Pearl Harbor 8 January 1945 to deliver cargo Guam and Ulithi during her passage to Leyte when she arrived 10 February. After training and rehearsal landings, she sailed 21 March for the invasion of Okinawa, and on 26 March began landing her troops Kerama Retto and other small islands off Okinawa.

Drew landed assault troops 16 April 1945, returning to Okinawa the next day with casualties aboard. She carried out demonstration landings on Okinawa 19 April, then returned to Ie Shima the following day with renforcements, carrying casualties back to Okinawa. 26 April Drew sailed for Ulithi and a brief overhaul.

Returning to San Francisco 14 June 1945 Drew carried soldiers from the west coast to Manus and after the end of the war, made two voyages to Japan, carrying occupation troops out, and returning veterans to the United States until her arrival at Tacoma, Wash., 16 December 1945. Drew was placed out of commission 10 May 1946 and transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal 19 May 1946.

Drew received one battle star for World War II service.