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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
Battle of Ormoc Bay
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.
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.
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