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USS Thomas Stone (APA-29)
USS Thomas Stone (AP-59) (1942 - 1943)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

President Jackson Class Transport
  • Laid down, 12 August 1940, as SS President Van Buren, a Maritime Commission type (C3-A) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 58) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 1 May 1941
  • Delivered to American President Lines, 11 September 1941
  • Acquired from American President Lines by the War Shipping Administration, 14 January 1942
  • Allocated to the US Navy, 14 January 1942
  • Converted to a Naval Transport
  • Commissioned USS Thomas Stone (AP-59), 18 May 1942, CAPT. O. R. Bennehoff, USN in command
  • During World War II USS Thomas Stone was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    North African occupation
    Tunisian operations, 8 November 1942 to 9 July 1943
  • Reclassified as Attack Transport (APA-29), 1 February 1943
  • Decommissioned, 1 April 1944, due to torpedo damage
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 April 1944
  • USS Thomas Stone earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold to Le Material Economique, Algiers for Scrapping
    Displacement 9,500 t.(lt), 16,000 t.(fl)
    Length 491'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 26' 6"
    Speed 18.4 kts (trial)
    35 Officers
    477 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    70 Officers
    1,312 Enlisted
    Flag Accommodations 8 Officers
    Largest Boom Capacity 30t.
    Cargo Capacity 6,800 DWT
    non-refrigerated 185,000Cu. ft.
    four single 3"/50 dual purpose guns
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    three single 40mm AA gun mounts
    twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
    thirty-two LCVPs
    three LCM(3)
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 10,950 Bbls.
    Diesel 800Bbls
    one Newport News Shipbuilding geared turbine drive
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
    Ships Service Generators, four 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, designed shaft horsepower 8,500

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    Thomas Stone 76k

    Thomas Stone was born at Poynton Manor in Charles County Maryland in 1743. He was educated by a Scottish school-master and later studied law at the office of Thomas Johnson. He was admitted to the Bar in 1764 and set up practice in Frederick Maryland. He was a prosperous landowner and moderately successful lawyer. Stone was elected to Congress in 1775. He did not speak much in congress, so little is known of his service there, except that he was a member of the committee that framed the Articles of Confederation. He voted for Independence in 1776, and his name is affixed to the Declaration. He was elected to Congress again in 1783 and served as chairman, but retired at the end of his term. He was elected to attend the Constitutional Convention in 1787, but declined the office because of his wife's failing health. She died 1787, and Stone never got over the grief. He decided to travel to England, but died in Alexandria while waiting for the ship. He was forty-four years old. Little else is know about Thomas Stone, as no letters or papers accounting his life have ever been found.
    Photo and Text courtesy of
    Bill Gonyo
    Thomas Stone 72k USS Thomas Stone (AP-59) underway off her conversion yard, Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co, Newport News VA., 25 May 1942.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No. unknown
    Mike Green
    Thomas Stone 101k Overhead view of USS Thomas Stone (AP-59) at anchor off Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co, Newport News VA., 27 May 1942.
    US Navy photo, from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman
    Robert Hurst
    Thomas Stone 63k USS Thomas Stone (AP-59) at anchor, date and location unknown Hyperwar US Navy in World War II
    Thomas Stone 180k Tending the Colors on board a US Navy transport, during amphibious exercises off the East Coast, circa mid-1942. The gun in the foreground is a 5"/51. The transport in the right middle distance is USS Thomas Stone (AP-59).
    US Navy photo #: 80-G-K-11398 now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Thomas Stone
    Imperial War Museum Admiralty Photo No. IWM(A 12749)
    59k USS Thomas Stone (AP-59) in Algiers Harbor in November, 1942. The ship was part of a 500 ship invasion convoy that deployed Allied troops to French North Africa. Damaged by a torpedo 7 November, the ship had to be towed to Algiers. The damage to her stern is evident here.
    Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official collection by Beadell, S.J. (Lt), Photo No. IWM(A 12749) and Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official collection by Beadell, S.J. (Lt), Photo No. IWM(A 12749)
    Mike Green
    Thomas Stone
    Imperial War Museum Admiralty Photo No. IWM(A 12750)

    USS Thomas Stone (AP-59 / APA-29)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officer
    CAPT. Bennehoff, Olton Rader, USN (USNA 1918) :RADM18 May 1942 - 1 April 1944
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    North Africa 1942-43 Survivor Stories
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