From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Berrien is a county in Georgia and Michigan.

(APA-62: dp. 4247; l. 426'; b. 58'; dr. 16'; s. 17 k.; cpl. 370; a. 1 5"; cl. Gilliam)

Berrien (APA-62) was launched 20 May 1944 by Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Wilmington, Calif., under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. Jack Love; transferred to the Navy 7 October 1944, and commissioned the following day, Lieutenant Commander J. M. Gallagher, USNR, in command.

Berrien joined the Pacific Fleet, arriving at Pearl Harbor 30 November 1944. Departing Pearl Harbor 27 January 1945 she steamed westward to take part in the occupation of Iwo Jima (16 February-4 March) and Okinawa (11-16 April). After making a voyage from Saipan to the Solomons, New Caledonia, and Guam (4 June-2 July), Berrien returned to San Francisco, arriving 23 July. She made two trans-Pacific voyages out of San Francisco (17 August 1945-1 January 1946 and 16 January-6 March 1946). Decommissioned at Pearl Harbor 17 May 1946 she was returned to the Maritime Commission 12 August 1947.

Berrien received two battle stars for her service during World War II.