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(APA-124: dp. 6,873 (It.); 1. 4.~5', b. 62', dr. 24', s. 17.7 k.; cpl. ~2; trp. 1,561; a. 1 3", 12 40mm., 10 20mm.;cl. Haskell; T. V(:~S-AP5)

Lagrange (APA-124) was laid down under a Maritime Commission contract 26 June 1914 by the California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, Calli.; launched 1 September 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Albert Krutcher, acquired by the Navy 10 November 1944; and commissioned 11 November 1944, Capt. Frank n. Walker in command.

After shakedown and amphibious training operations Lagrangc departed San Diego 1 January 1945 for the western Pacific. Arriving Manus 18 January the attack transport carried cargo and passengers to Hollandia and the Philipinines before joining Transport Squadron 17. Following a month of intensive preparations, Lagrange departed Dulag Harbor, Philippine Islands, as part of the western islands attack group in the greatest amphibious assault of the Pacific war, the invasion of Okinawa. Arriving in the transport area off Kerama Retto, 26 March, Lagrange successfully landed advance forces who took that small elllster of islands wllieh rerved as an advance naval base for fueling, repairs, and replenishment during the conquest of Okinawa itself. She remained oft Okinawa for the next 30 days supporting operations on sllore.

Returning to Saipan 6 May, Lagrange sailed 2 weeks Inter with Nnvy passengers bound for San Franciseo. She resulted war operations upon her arrival Eniwetok 11 July, and sailed for Okinawa 29 July. Arriving Buckner flay 1 week later, Lagrange unloaded cargo needed for the flnal days of the war. While anchored in Buckner Bay 13 August, she eame under enemy air attack; despite aecurate antiaircrnft flre, a kamikaze carrying a 50~pound bomb crashed into Lagrange's superstructure. A second suicide plane struck the top oi a kingpost and splashed 20 yards from the ship. Considerable damage to the transport resulted, and 21 men were killed and 89 wounded.

After hostilities stopped 1.5 August, Lagranfe repaired the damage and prepared for the homeward cruise. Departing Guam 6 September witll victorious veterans, she arrived San Francisco 21 September. Lagrange decommissioned there 27 October 15 and was returned to WSA.

Lagrange received one battle star for World War II service.