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USS Pastores (AF-16)
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USS Pastores (ID#4540) (1918 - 1919)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - November - Yankee
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - World War I Victory Medal (with Armed Guard and Transport clasps) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Pastores Class Stores Ship:
  • Built in 1913 at Workman Clark, Ltd., Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Acquired by the US Navy from the United Fruit Company, 1 May 1917
  • Commissioned USS Pastores (ID-4540), 6 May 1917, CDR Merlyn Grail Cook in command
  • Decommissioned, 10 August 1919, struck from the Naval Register and returned to the United Fruit Co.
  • Reacquired by the War Shipping Administration, 20 December 1941
  • Turned over to the US Navy, 23 December 1941
  • Commissioned, USS Pastores (AF-16), 13 February 1942, CAPT. C. L. Andrews, in command
  • During World War II USS Pastores was assigned to the Caribbean and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters
  • Following World War II USS Pastores performed occupation duty in the Far East from 23 November to 20 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 14 March 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 22 April 1947, to Walter W. Johnson, Co.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 13,750 t.(fl)
    Length 486' 6"
    Beam 55'
    Draft 27' 4"
    Speed 11.5 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 242
    Largest Boom Capacity 20 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,525 DWT
    non-refrigerated 17,080 Cu ft
    refrigerated 158,250 Cu ft
    Armament
    World War I
    four single 5"/51 cal gun mounts
    two 1-pdrs
    World War II
    one single 5"/51 cal gun mount
    four 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 12,240 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two Workman and Clark vertical quadruple expansion reciprocating engines
    three Yarrow boilers, 215psi sat.
    five turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    twin propellers, 6,500shp

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    USS Pastores (ID # 4540)
    Pastores 56k USS Pastores (ID # 4540) just outside Quiburon Bay, France, in 1918. She is being met by USS Piqua (SP-130), from which the photograph was taken.
    US Navy photo # NH 43542.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Pastores 62k USS Pastores (ID # 4540) at anchor, date and location unknown. Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Pastores 101k USS Pastores (ID # 4540), center, in port, in 1919, probably St. Nazaire, France. USS Aeolus (ID#3005) is at left, seen from astern. The original photograph was printed on post card ("AZO") stock
    US Navy photo # NH 105726 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.
    Robert Hurst
    Pastores 89k USS Pastores (ID # 4540) arriving in New York City in June 1919, at the end of her 20th trip as a transport. Panoramic photograph by Pictorial News, New York.
    Note the inscription in lower right, describing Pastores as "One of the first transports to land troops in France" during the First World War.
    US Navy photo # NH 104446 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Pastores 79k USS Pastores (ID # 4540) in port, 1919. The original photograph was printed on post card ("AZO") stock
    US Navy photo # NH 104697 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.
    Robert Hurst
    Pastores 168k USS Pastores (ID # 4540) in drydock, 1919. The original photograph was printed on post card ("AZO") stock
    US Navy photo # NH 105480 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.
    Robert Hurst
    Pastores 134k USS Pastores (ID # 4540) in a French port, 1919. Note the large number of troops and sailors on the pier. The original photograph was printed on post card ("AZO") stock
    US Navy photo # NH 104954 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.
    Robert Hurst
    USS Pastores (AF-16)
    Pastores 38k USS Pastores (AF-16) under way, circa 1943, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Pastores 68k USS Pastores (AF-16) at San Francisco, 8 October 1944.
    US National Archives (RG-19-LCM), Photo # 19-N-77631 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Pastores 56k USS Pastores (AF-16) entering San Francisco Bay, CA., circa late 1945 or early 1946. Note the long homeward-bound pennant flying from her mainmast.
    US Navy photo # NH 66854-A, donated by BM1 Robert G. Tippins, USN Ret., 2003.
    A US Naval Historical Center photo submitted by Martin Phillips for his father N. Lane Phillips USS Pastores

    USS Pastores (AF-16)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Cook, Merlyn Grail Cook6 May 1917 - 8 January 1918
    02CDR. Dowling, Otto Carl, USN (1902)8 January 1918 - 6 May 1918
    03LCDR. Haxton, Ralph Glover, USN (1909)6 May 1918 - 1 August 1919
    04CDR. Densmore, Charles Web, USN1 August 1919 - 10 August 1919
     Decommissioned and Struck10 August 1919 - 13 February 1942
    05CAPT. Andrews, Charles Lee13 February 1942 - ?
    06LCDR. Beyer, Edward Francis22 August 1942 - 24 January 1944
    07CDR. Olsen, Harold John24 January 1944 - ?
    08CDR. Matheny, James David1 September 1944 - ?
    09LCDR. Vandale, John James14 August 1945 - 14 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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