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USS Frament (DE 677 / APD 77)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - P - Y
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal

Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 198
Frament (DE 677) Building and Operational Data:
  • 01 May 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Steel (Fore River Yard) Shipyard, Inc., Quincy, Mass.
  • 28 June 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Edward A. Frament, mother of Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Frament
  • 15 August 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. S. T. McAdam, Jr., in command
  • 15 December 1944: Converted and reclassified APD 77
  • 30 May 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 9½ months of service
  • 01 January 1960: Struck from the NVR
  • July 1961: Transferred to Ecuador as a power generation hulk
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    Jack Miller

    55k Paul Stanley Frament was born on 04 February 1919 at Cohoes, N.Y. He graduated from Keveny Memorial Academy before entering Albany College of Pharmacy and graduating in 1939. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve on 29 December 1941 soon after Pearl Harbor and in January 1942, reported for training as a pharmacistís mate. He was posted to the First Marine Division being organized for the Solomonís invasion. He landed in the first wave on 07 August 1942. Framentís battalion was engaged in an offensive action 3 November 1942. During the fighting he rushed to a Marine and tended his wounds while ignoring the Japanese snipers shooting at him. Later in the battle, he ignored mortar fire to provide aid to other wounded men and in doing so was knocked unconscious by a close explosion. He was evacuated to the rear but the following morning secured his own release and returned to his unit. Frament was again under fire tending wounded on 10 November. Two days later he was wounded by naval gunfire and died of his wounds on 19 November 1942. Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Frament was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his fearless devotion to duty in tending Marines on Guadalcanal while under fire.

    USS Frament (DE 677) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo courtesy of  Dr. Dennis B. Worthen, PhD, Lloyd Scholar; University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    Frament 130k 1943: Quincy, Mass. - Crewmembers waiting to report aboard Frament. (Debbie's Dad is on the far-right) Debbie Raley
    Baltimore, Md.
    Frament 224k 1943: Quincy, Mass. - USS Frament and USS Harmon (DE 678) sit side by side at the Fore River Shipyard shortly after commissioning.
    Frament 72k undated: at sea - USS Frament underway.
    Frament 188k undated: at sea - USS Frament underway, making smoke.
    Frament 191k undated: at sea - a closeup bow shot of Frament underway.
    Frament 73k undated wartime image

    (Photo courtesy of  Dr. Dennis B. Worthen, PhD, Lloyd Scholar; University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher


    Courtesy of
    Debbie Raley

    Frament History
    View the USS Frament (DE 677 / APD 77) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Frament's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 15 Aug. 1943 - 08 Oct. 1943Lcdr. Sherry Thomas McAdam, Jr., USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 08 Oct. 1943 - 11 Jan. 1944Lcdr. Donald Cairns Brown, USNR
    3.) 11 Jan. 1944 - 01 Jun. 1944Lcdr. Allrom Casper Drinkwater, USNR
    4.) 01 Jun. 1944 - 08 Sep. 1945Lcdr. Travers Rountree Harrington, USNR
    5.) 08 Sep. 1945 - 10 Dec. 1945Lcdr. Legrand Louis Thurber, USNR
    6.) 10 Dec. 1945 - 30 May 1946Lt. John Davis Corwith, USNR (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Crew Contact: Debbie Raley
    Address: 37 Bernadotte Court
    City/State: Baltimore, MD 21234
    Phone: 410-967-9330
    E-mail: debraley63 at
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    Additional Resources

    Navsource APD Pages, USS Frament (APD 77)
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Frament
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