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USS MAGOFFIN (APA-199) SHIP ' S HISTORY The USS MAGOFFIN (APA 199). named for Magoffin County. Kentucky, was built for the Mari- time Commission by the Kaiser Shipbuilding Company, Vancouver, Washington. On 25 October 1944 she was transferred to and commissioned in the United States Navy. She received her baptism under fire in April of 1945 during the violent land and naval action preceding the capitulation of Okinawa. She was de-commissioned in March 1946 and remained in resei-ve until the outbreak of the Korean War. Re-com- missioned in 1950 she has been an active member of the Pacific Amphibious Force for over 12 years. Highlights of her varied career include operations off Korea in 1952-53; the 1957 atom tests at Eniwetok; Laos in 1961. MAGOFFIN is presently a member of Amphibious Squadron FIVE and is homeported at San Diego. Rated at 10.000 ton displacement. MAGOFFIN is a heavy attack transport designed specifically for the task of amphibious warfare. Within her 450 foot length and 62 foot beam are located berthing, messing, and stowage facilities that enable her to sea lift 1570 completely equipped combat troops with 500 tons of their fighting equipment. As part of a well balanced amphibious striking force she can deliver her embarked elements to the high water line of an enemy-held objective area. Tlirough twenty-four or- ganic landing craft she can expel her assault troops on the enemy ' s shore in tactical units, in an efficient, timely manner. As the ground forces pick up the fight and expand rapidly into the lodgement area, she assists in insuring they have come to stay by backing them up with the tools of war stowed in her holds.
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CAPTAIN FRANCIS J. FITZPATRICK USN Captain Francis John Fitzpatrick was horn on February 3, 1916, in Salt Lake City. Utah. He studied at the University of Wyoming before attending the United States Naval Academy where he graduated and was commissioned an ensign in 1939. His first duty assignment was aboard the USS NEW MEXICO (BB40) in various junior officer billets in the Gunneiy Department. From July 1943 to July 1944, Captain Fitzpatrick attended the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School, and upon completion of his studies there, he sei-ved aboard the USS ALABAMA (BB 60) in the capacity of Communications Officer, and then was assigned to the staff of BB Division HI until April of 1946. His next tour of sea duty was Navigation and Operations Officer aboard the USS OAKLAND (CL 95). After sei-ving several tours of duty in school and staff billets. Captain Fitzpatrick, now a full Commander, served as Commanding Officer of the USS ISBELL (DD 869) during the Korean conflict, and was awarded the Bronze Star. Captain Fitzpatrick ' s next tour of duty at sea was as Executive Officer of the USS COLUMBUS (CA 74) and before taking command of the USS MAGOFFIN (APA 199) Captain Fitzpatrick served as Commanding Officer of the NROTC Unit at the University of Utah.
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