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USS Fayette (APA-43)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Tango - Hotel
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
Bayfield Class Attack Transport:
Laid down, date unknown, as SS Sea Hawk, a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 391) at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS.
Launched, 25 February 1943
Assigned to the Navy as a Transport and renamed Fayette (AP-88)
Reclassified as Attack Transport (APA-43), 1 February 1943
Acquired by the Navy, 30 April 1943 and placed in partial commission for transit to her fitting out yard
Decommissioned, 24 May 1943
Recommissioned USS Fayette (APA-43), 14 October 1943, CDR. John C. Lester in command
During WWII USS Fayette was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Nineteen, COMO C. D. Edgar USN (12);
TransDiv Fifty-Five and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Marshall Islands operation
Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January to 5 February 1944
Leyte landings, 13 to 25 October and 14 November 1944
Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 25 July 1944
Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 13 January 1945
|Western Caroline Islands operation
Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1945
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 6 March 1945
Following World War II USS Fayette was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 16 to 26 October 1945
Decommissioned, 6 March 1946, at Mobile AL.
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 March 1946
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 15 May 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
Sold for commercial service in 1947, renamed SS Robin Gray
Renamed SS Gray
Final Disposition scrapped at Kaohsiung (Taiwan) in 1971.
USS Fayette received six battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 8,100 t.(lt), 16,100 t.(lim)
Beam 69' 6"
Draft 26' 6" (lim)
Speed 18.4 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 4,700DWT
non-refrigerated 175,000 cu. ft.,
4 LCM (Mk-6)
3 LCP(L) (MK-IV)
two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
eighteen single 20 mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Oil Capacity
Navy Standard Fuel Oil 8,510 bbls.
Diesel 750 bbls.
one General Electric geared turbine
two Foster-Wheeler D-type boilers 465psi 765°
double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive Ship Service Generators, 250kW 240V D.C.
one propeller, 8,500shp
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||USS Fayette (APA 43) off the New York Navy Yard on 21 October 1943. This early Ingalls-built unit retained the rig delivered by Ingalls: a goalpost and pair of kingposts forward and a pair of kingposts and a goalpost aft.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-54442 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||Transports steam in column off Pavuvu, Russell Islands, August 1944, probably during exercises preceding the Palaus operation. Photographed from USS Fayette (APA 43), looking forward, showing her kingposts and LCVPs stowed on deck. USS Pinkney (APH 2) is leading the column, followed by USS Elmore (APA 42) and USS DuPage (APA 41). Photo by Sgt McBride, USMC, 1st Division.
USMC photo # 94719
|US Naval Historical Center
||USS Fayette (APA 43) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
||USS Fayette (APA 43) moored pierside, date and location unknown. This is the same photo as above but with some crew members superimposed in the photo.
USS Fayette (APA-43)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||CDR. Lester, John Campbell :RADM||14 October 1944 - 17 May 1945|
|02||CDR. Wilson Jr., Balch Beall||17 May 1945 - 6 March 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Web Sites of Interest
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Last Updated 14 February 2014
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