Charles Lawrence Class High Speed Transport
1,400 Tons (light)
1,740 Tons (standard)
306' x 37' x 9' 6"
3 x 3" guns
1 x 1.1" gun
8 x 20mm
3 x 21" torpedo tubes
1 x hedgehog mortar
8 x K-gun depth charge
2 x depth charge tracks
Built by Charleston Navy Yard in Charleston, SC. Laid down on June 8, 1943. Launched 9 August 1943. Commissioned on December 6, 1943 at the Charleston Navy Yard. Named to honor Pharmacist's Mate, Third Class, William P. Liddle, Jr., USN, while serving with the 1st Marine Division who was killed in action at Guadalcanal on August 19, 1942 and was posthumously awarded the Silver Star.
Atlantic Escort Missions
During February 11 to June 29, 1944 Liddle escorted convoys on three round trips across the North Atlantic from New York to Wales, Gibraltar and Tunisia. Returning to New York, she was converted to a Charles Lawrence class high speed transport. On July 5, 1944 reclassified as APD-60. On September 22, 1944 departed New York and traveled to the Pacific.
On November 4, 1944 arrived at Hollandia and joined the 7th Fleet, departing on November 17 to screen a supply convoy bound for Leyte Gulf, arriving on November 24 and immediately began more escort duty, escorting an LST formation to Palau then returned Leyte on November 29.
Battle of Ormoc Bay
On December 6, 1944 the USS Liddle departed Leyte with 141 troops bound bound for Ormoc Bay and landed her troops without casualty. On December 7, 1944 during the Battle of Ormoc Bay, USS Liddle came under attack from Japanese kamikaze aircraft. Though claiming five shot down, she was hit on the bridge by a kamikaze and seriously damaged. Aboard 38 were killed including Ens Nathan Q. F. Piccirilli.
Damaged, she return to San Francisco on January 16, 1945 for repairs. While she was being refitted, a sign on her quarterdeck read: "This Ship Lost 38 officers and men. She is Anxious to Get Back Into Action."
By February 22, Liddle was repaired and underway again and rejoined her division. From March 29 to June 5 Liddle escorted convoys and conducted training. She then transported Australian soldiers for the landings at Balikpapan on June 10 and Brunei Bay on July 1.
Afterwards, Liddle trained for the proposed invasion of Japan. After the Japanese surrender. Liddle transported equipment to Korea through mine-infested waters of the East China and Yellow Seas. In September 1945, she evacuated prisoners of war (POWs) from Dairen, on October 5, and then to Taku, China arriving on October 25 and became the Port Director Ship.
On November 23, departed Taku for the United States arriving in New York on January 1, 1946. Two days later departed for Green Cove Springs, Florida, where she was decommissioned on June 18, 1946 and entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.
Decommissioned June 18, 1946. Recommissioned October 27, 1950. Decommissioned February 2, 1959, Recommissioned November 29, 1961. Decommissioned March 18, 1967. Stricken April 5, 1967. On June 25, 1967 sold to North American Smelting Company and scraped.
FindAGrave - Nathan Piccirilli buried at Woodlawn Cemetery (grave photos)
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January 10, 2018