Looking for picture of USS Henrico(APA45) limping under Golden Gate

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Two weeks before the assault on Okinawa, while my father was assigned as a Navy radioman to the 77th Army Div. assaulting a neighboring island, a Kamikaze struck the USS Henrico (APA45) killing 169. The ship limped under its own power to the Bay for repairs and stopped traffic on the Golden Gate as people marvelled at the sight. I would really like a picture of this, if one is available, to add to my fathers story in a family history I am compiling. Thank you!

-- Terrance J. Blackwood (srvivr@foxinternet.net), February 21, 2001


my father was on uss henrico from june 45 thru nov. 45. was this during that time?

-- larry m. agee (tinalarryagee@aol.com), July 23, 2001.

Check out this reference for ships history. No photo....yet. Will peruse further. Try Call Bulletin, Examiner, Chronicle or SF News newspaper photo archives also.


-- RE Ruef (sprint2r@yahoo.com), February 24, 2002.

Here is the ship's Reunion web-page:


Good luck.

-- RE Ruef (sprint2r@yahoo.com), February 24, 2002.

I was a passenger on The HENRICO that embarked from Treasure Island in August 1945 and sailed to the Philippinnes. It took 28 days and made one stop near Guam. We were let off for R&R at Tacloben Town and then taken and disembarked on The southern part of Leyte. I was later transfered to Manicani Navy Ship Repair Base.

-- Monroe Mirsky (m13m@ballistic.com), June 11, 2002.

You might get lucky contacting some of the crewmembers of the following ships:

The USS Bush survivors were picked up by the Henrico: http://www.ussbush.com/memory4.htm

USS Chilton (APA-38) was the Henrico's sister ship: http://usschilton.tripod.com/three.html

This looks promising for leads: Oversize Sources for World War II Troop Ship Crossings: A Page of The World War II Troopship Crossing Web Site: http://members.aol.com/troopship/shipsrc.htm

-- Vlad Rosa (rosadebon@yahoo.com), June 15, 2002.

Photos of the USS Henrico (APA-45) and much more info are available on the Henrico County, Virginia Web site at:


and also the Reunion Association's Web site at:


Jay Thornton Assistant to the County Manager Henrico County, Virginia

-- Jay Thornton (tho13@co.henrico.va.us), December 12, 2002.

Hi Iwas aboard the Henrico when it was hit by suicde plane on 2 April 1945 i have some pictures also of the damage to the ship also.I Was JV Talker on the bridge when we got hit.

-- Glenn Carroll Grant (wb6gen@cox.net), July 05, 2004.

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