From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Briscoe is a county in Texas.

(APA-65: dp. 4247; l. 426'; b. 58'; dr. 16'; s. 16.9 k.; cpl. 391; a. 1 5"; cl. Gilliam)

Briscoe (APA-65) was launched 19 June 1944 by Consolidated Steel Co., Ltd., Wilmington, Calif., under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. C. W. Giegerich; acquired by the Navy 29 October 1944; and commissioned the same day, Captain A. J. Detzer in command.

Briscoe departed the United States 5 December 1944 and steamed to Pearl Harbor where she engaged in training and shakedown exercises until 6 April 1945. She then carried troops and cargo between the Marshalls, Marianas, Philippines, and few Guinea until she departed the Philippines 25 August 1945 for Tokyo Bay, Japan. Upon arrival she joined the naval occupation forces and served primarily as a transport between the Philippine Islands and China. Briscoe departed the Far East 30 November 1945 and returned to the United States.

During the early months of 1946 she made several voyages between the ports of California and the Pacific islands, returning troops to the United States. In the spring of 1946 Briscoe was assigned as target ship for Operation Crossroads and proceeded to Bikini. Following the atomic tests she was decommissioned at Bikini Atoll and maintained for two years for radiological and structural studies. Briscoe was destroyed by sinking 6 May 1948.