From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Adair is the name of Iowa, Kentucky, and Missouri counties..

The name Adair was assigned to APR-1 but construction was canceled 12 March 1943.


(APA-91:dp. 7970; l. 473'11"; b. 66'; dr. 25', s. 18.6 k.; cpl. 555; a. 2 5"; cl. Adair )

Laid down as Exchester, Adair (APA-91) was launched 29 February 1944 by Bethlehem-Sparrows Point Shipyard Co., Sparrows Point, Md., under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. Elsie N. Keefer; transferred to the Navy 15 July 1944; and commissioned the same day, Captain S. P. Comly in command.

During 1944 and 1945 Adair carried troops and cargo between Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok, Saipan, Tinian, Ulithi, Hollandia, Manus, and Guam, with two diversions to amphibious duty. From 11 to 12 January 1945 she participated in the Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, landings and from I to 5 April 1945 in the Invasion of Okinawa. With the end of World War II she supported the occupation of Korea (September-October) and China (16-30 December). She also served with the "Magic Carpet" fleet, returning American servicemen to the United States from the Pacific.

Adair reported to Commander, 5th Naval District, 8 March 1946; was decommissioned 30 April 1946; and returned to the Maritime Commission 3 May 1946.

Adair received two battle stars for her World War II service.

Transcribed by: epm
Date: 25 April 1999