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APA / LPA-227 Renville
Laid down, 19 August 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 673) at Kaiser Company Inc. Vancouver, WA. Launched, 25 October 1944, sponsored by Mrs. Orpha Penderville. Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Commission under loan-charter Commissioned USS Renville (APA-227), 15 November 1944, Capt. William W. Ball in command. Decommissioned, 30 June 1949, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard Vallejo, CA. Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet Recommissioned, 5 January 1952 Decommissioned, 23 April 1968 Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA. Redesignated Amphibious Transport (LPA-227), 1 January 1969 Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1976 Final Disposition, disposed of by MARAD, 19 February 1982, fate unknown Renville received one battle star for World War II service, two for Korea, and four for Vietnam
Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
Length 455'
Beam 62'
Speed 19 kts.
Complement 56 Officers 480 Enlisted
Troop Accommodations 86 Officers 1,475 Enlisted
Cargo Capacity 150,000 cu. ft, 2,900 tons
Boats 2 LCM, 12 LCVP, 3 LCPU
Armament 1 5"/38 dual-purpose gun mount, 4 twin 40mm AA gun mounts, 10 single 20mm AA gun mounts
Propulsion 1 Westinghouse geared turbine, 2 Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 1 propeller, design shaft horsepower 8,500 <>
Ervin Jenness
6/1/2007 -

I just found this web site for the USS Renville after reading an obituary that I found in my deceased mother's files. The obituary was for her deceased mother's sister, Orpha May Pendarvis. Orpha and her husband lived not far from my immediate family in Vancouver, Washington, for a few years during World War II. I attended school there for a portion of first and second grade during 1944 and 1945, and remember her from those years.

Her obit reads, in part, "Mrs. Pendarvis was a member of the navy Mother's club of Vancouver, Wash., and on October 25, 1944, being the only gold Star mother at the time in the club, she was chosen to christen the U. S. S. Renville when it was launched."

I noticed that in your web site for the USS Renville, she was referred to as Mrs. Orpha "Penderville". Just one her seven children is still alive. Orpha and her husband are buried in Vancouver, Washington.

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