USS Braxton APA-138  

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Braxton APA-138

Braxton

Braxton is a county in West Virginia.

(APA-138: dp. 6873; 1. 455'; b. 62'; dr. 24'; s. 17.7 k.; cpl.
692; a. 15";cl. Haskell)

Braxton (APA-138) was launched 3 November 1944'by California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, Calif., under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. R. J. Defrees; acquired from the Maritime Commission 28 December 1944; and commissioned 29 December 1944, Commander W. L. Bray, USNR, in command.

Braxton operated as a unit of the 71st and 58th Transport Divisions transporting troops and supplies from the west coast to Pearl Harbor, the Marshall and Caroline Islands, and Okinawa until the end of the war. Following the end of hostiLities she transported personnel and supplies from the Philippines and Okinawa to Japan and later participated In "Magic Carpet" operations.

Braxton arrived 23 April 1946 at New York where she loaded personnel, made one trip to Bremerhaven, Germany, and brought back returnees in May. The vessel arrived at Norfolk 4 June 1946 and was placed out of commission 27 June 1946. She was returned to the Maritime Commission 29 June 1946.