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USS Fremont (LPA-44)
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USS Fremont (APA-44) (1943 - 1969)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Golf - Romeo
NKGR
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Leyte) - Navy Battle "E" (2) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba)
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3-Lebanon)- Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

Personnel Awards

Purple Hearts (7 WIA, 24 October 1944)

Bayfield Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down (date unknown) as SS Sea Corsair, a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull, under a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 392) at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula MS.
  • Assigned to the Navy as Naval Transport, Fremont (AP-89)
  • Redesignated Attack Transport (APA-44), 1 February 1943
  • Launched, 31 March 1943
  • Acquired by the Navy, and placed in partial commission, 30 May 1943 through 11 June 1943, for transit to her fitting out yard
  • Fully Commissioned USS Fremont (APA-44), 29 November 1943, CAPT. C. V. Conlan in command
  • During WWII USS Fremont was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Thirteen (flagship), COMO. M.O. Carson USN (16);
    TransDiv Thirty-Seven and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 16 to 26 June 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 to 14 January 1945
    Western Caroline operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 6 March 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 13 October to 22 November 1944
     

  • USS Fremont (APA-44) was assigned Occupation service for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    Asia 30 December 1945 to 7 January 1946
    Europe 15 March to 27 June 1951
    Europe 3 May to 8 October 1953
    Europe 30 September 1953 to 24 January 1954

  • Redesignated Amphibious Transport (LPA-44), 1 January 1969
  • Decommissioned prior to 3 September 1969
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 10 October 1969
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1973
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 April 1974 to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp., New York City N.Y., delivered to her buyer, 22 April 1974
  • USS Fremont received five battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,100 t.(lt), 16,100 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 26' 6"
    Speed 18.4 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 46
    Enlisted 515
    Flag Accommodations
    Officers 43
    Enlisted 108
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 72
    Enlisted 1,140
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 175,000 cu. ft., 4,700 t.
    Boats
    12 LCVP
    4 LCM (Mk-6)
    3 LCP(L) (MK-IV)
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two quad 40mm AA gun mounts
    eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 8,510 Bbls
    Diesel 750 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Foster-Wheeler D-type boilers 465psi 765°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 350Kw 240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    Fremont 67k USS Fremont (APA-44) underway, 13 February 1944, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Fremont 98k USS Fremont (APA-44) underway, circa 1944-1946, location unknown. This Ingalls-built ship emerged from conversion with a rig of three Ingalls-style goalpost s. In April 1944 Fremont received a unique non-standard armament including three 40mm quadruple mounts (one of them visible here forward). Note that her command facilities have expanded to port to the extent that the forward port boat davit and its boats have been removed. She retained her davits and boats to starboard.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo #USN 1045447.
    Mike Green
    Fremont 1551k USS Fremont (APA-44) and USS Mount McKinley (AGC-7) moored at Genoa, Italy, 9 March 1954. Note the USS Telfair (APA-210) LCVP #1 in the foreground. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Fremont 210k USS Fremont (APA-44) moored at Genoa, Italy, 21 April 1957. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Fremont 43k Bow view of USS Fremont (APA-44) moored at NOB Norfolk, VA., June 1957. Photo by Derick S. Hartshorn
    Fremont 97k Stern view of USS Fremont (APA-44) moored at NOB Norfolk, VA., June 1957, Note stern of USS Harlan R. Dickson (DD-708) to port of Fremont
    Fremont 106k USS Fremont (APA-44) underway in Chesapeake Bay off Norfolk, VA., August 1964. © Richard Leonhardt
    Fremont 105k USS Fremont (APA-44) underway in Chesapeake Bay off Norfolk, VA., August 1964. © Richard Leonhardt
    Fremont 116k USS Fremont (APA-44) underway in Chesapeake Bay off Norfolk, VA., August 1964. © Richard Leonhardt
    Fremont 146k USS Fremont (APA-44) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Fremont 58k USS Fremont (APA-44) underway, date and location unknown. Tony Yebba
    USS Fremont APA-44 web site
    Fremont 36k USS Fremont (APA-44) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Tony Yebba
    USS Fremont APA-44 web site
    Fremont/Aldebaran 99k USS Fremont (APA-44) being assisted into her berth alongside USS Aldebaran (AF-10) with the assistance of Okmulgee (YTB-765), forward, and Wapakoneta (YTB-766), aft, .
    Photo taken from USS Multiphen (AKA-61) at berth 301, date unknown.
    © Richard Leonhardt
    Fremont 137k USS Fremont (APA-44) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine April 1967.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Fremont 171k USS Fremont (APA-44) underway in the Atlantic Ocean, enroute to the Mediterranean Sea, January 1968. Carey Smith Marietta, GA.
    Fremont 76k USS Fremont (APA-44) in port moored to a buoy, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.


    For more photos and information about USS Fremont, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • USS Fremont APA-44
  • Commanding Officers

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

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