War can be strangely funny at times....
: The Navy was doing APD conversions through the
: end of the war (The famed USS England was
: under conversion when the war ended). They
: were a very versatile design and crucial
: even past the Guadalcanal period that Steve
: mentioned. Later in the war, they were used
: to operate the Underwater Demolition Teams
: that surveyed and prepared beaches before
: the main assaults at so many crucial and
: famous landings.
: They were extremely versatile in that they
: could deliver a full company of troops and
: support them with gun fire during the
: landing and then be detached to patrol and
: protect the landing force from submarines.
: They were used like destroyers when their
: troops were disembarked and could augment
: screens during approaches. The biggest
: drawback to capacity was some loss of
: redundancy in the flush deck four pipe
: conversions (one engine room was removed)
: and loss in offensive firepower (torpedo
: tubes and aft 5" gun mount) in the
: Destroyer Escort conversions
: USS Ward, the famed "First Shot"
: ship of the attack on Pearl Harbor, was
: converted to an APD and lost three years
: after the attack due to a Kamikaze strike.