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USS Hyades (AF-28)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Tango - Bravo
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Boundary (X)ray - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia and Europe clasps)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2-Cuba & 1-Lebanon) - Philippine Liberation Medal

Hyades Class Stores Ship:
  • Laid down, 12 October 1942, as SS Iberville, a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-E1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC 481) at Gulf Shipbuilding Co., Chickasaw, AL.
  • Launched, 12 June 1943
  • Placed in partial Commission, 27 September 1943, for transit to her fitting out yard at Bethlehem Steel Co., Baltimore MD., CDR. Charles D. Schultz, USNR in command (Ferry Crew # 7)
  • Decommissioned, 30 September 1943
  • Completed as a Stores Ship and re-commissioned USS Hyades (AF-28), 1 August 1944, CDR. Morgan C. Wheyland in command
  • During World War II USS Hyades was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Hyades performed occupation duty in Europe and the Far East which included China service for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    Asia 9-20 September 194515 November-3 December 1945
    Asia 2 March - 30 April 19462 March - 30 April 1946
    Asia 5 December 1946 - 27 December 1947, 16 October-7 November 1952 
    Asia 17 June-4 July 1947, 5-8 July 1947 
    Europe 19 April-8 May, 10-28 July, 29 September-5 October 1949 
    Europe 16 April-9 May, 8-20 October 1951 
    Europe 8-20 October, 12 December 1951- 3 January 1952 
    Europe 2-12 July, 23 August-3 September 1952 
    Europe 3-17 February, 2-12 July, 14 August-12 November 1953 
    Europe 27 January - 6 February, 17 April-1 May, 10-21 June, 12 to 31 August 1954 
    Europe 14 March-18 April, 25 September-25 October 1955 

  • Decommissioned, 18 March 1969
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.,18 March 1969
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 1 September 1971
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1976
  • Final Disposition, disposed of by MARAD, 17 January 1984, exchange-trade-out scrap ship to Jacobson Metal Co., 13 October 1983
    Displacement 7,700 t.(lt) 15,300 t.(fl)
    Length 468' 8"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 28' (limiting)
    Speed 15.5 kts (trial)
    Officers 22
    Enlisted 230
    Largest Boom Capacity 25 t.
    Cargo Capacity 5,950 DWT
    non-refrigerated 171,275 Cu ft.
    refrigerated 183,555 Cu ft.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 9,300 Bbls
    one General Electric steam turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boiler, 450psi, 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Hyades 81k USS Hyades (AF-28) in Chesapeake Bay off the Bethlehem Fairfield shipyard, 9 August 1944 just after conversion. She is painted in camouflage scheme 32/6F.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N- 70670, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Hyades 73k USS Hyades (AF-28) underway, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Hyades 38k USS Hyades (AF-28) underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Hyades 87k USS Hyades (AF-28) crew members, circa 1944-45, location unknown. Anthony M. Schulmeyer is the officer in the front row far right end. Wayne M. Schulmeyer for his father Anthony M. Schulmeyer USS Hyades
    Hyades 55k USS Hyades (AF-28) crew members, circa 1944-45, location unknown. Anthony M. Schulmeyer is the officer in the back row third from the left. Wayne M. Schulmeyer for his father Anthony M. Schulmeyer USS Hyades
    Hyades 62k Broadside view of USS Hyades (AF-28) moored pierside at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, 6 May 1948 while undergoing Inclining Experiments.
    US Naval Shipyard Puget Sound photo # NY8-2241 now in the collections of the US National Archives, Seattle Branch.
    Additional photos of the 8 May 1948 Inclining Experiments can be found at USS Hyades (AF-28) Page Two
    Tracy White
    Hyades 63k USS Hyades (AF-28) off New York City in September 1959.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 66855.
    Robert Hurst
    Hyades 43k USS Hyades (AF-28) at anchor, circa 1952, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Hyades 171k USS Hyades (AF-28) underway in October 1959, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Mike Smolinski
    Hyades 94k USS Hyades (AF-28) and USS Leyte (CV-32) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Carey
    Hyades 107k USS Hyades (AF-28) underway opposite Pier 3 NOB Norfolk, VA, July 1964 with assistance of two tugs. © Richard Leonhardt
    Hyades 58k USS Hyades (AF-28) underway, date and location unknown. .
    Hyades 90k USS Hyades (AF-28) replenishing USS Worchester (CL-144), date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Hyades 70k USS Hyades (AF-28) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Hyades 85k USS Hyades (AF-28) underway, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy Ing. Augusti Nani.
    Robert Hurst
    Hyades 215k USS Hyades (AF-28) underway with a tug alongside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.

    USS Hyades (AF-28)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Schultz, Charles David, USNR (Ferry Crew # 7)27 September 1943 - 30 September 1943
     Decommissioned30 September 1943 - 1 August 1944
    02CDR. Wheyland, Morgan Chisholm1 August 1944 - 20 September 1944
    03LCDR. Doherty, Fred B.20 September 1944 - 1945
    04CAPT. Russell, Harry Francis1945 - 1947
    05CAPT. Grant, James Donald Livingston1947 - 1948
    06CDR. Wilson, Francis Edmond, USN1950 - September 1951
    07CDR. Morgan, John Chapman, USNSeptember 1951 - September 1952
    08CDR. Dunstan, Thomas Kempshall, USNSeptember 1952 - 1954
    09CDR. Merrill, David Abbot, USN1954 - 1955
    10CAPT. Smith, Robert Hayes1960 - April 1961
    11CAPT. Lockett Jr., Lawrence StephenApril 1961 - January 1962
    12CAPT. Rommel Jr., Herbert FoxJanuary 1962 - 1963
    13CAPT. Smith, Joseph Grant1963 - December 1963
    14CAPT. Miller, Ward Scott :RADMDecember 1963 - January 1965
    15CAPT. Webster Jr., Harvey O'NeillJanuary 1965 - March 1965
    16CAPT. Fair, John WarrenMarch 1965 - 26 April 1965
    17CAPT. Fruin, Jack Leslie (Pappy)26 April 1965 - 1966
    18CAPT. Griffiths, Danielno dates
    19CAPT. Allen, Charles Vernon 1966 - 1967
    19CAPT. King, David Anthony1967 - 18 March 1969
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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