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USNS Frederick Funston (T-AP-178)
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USAT Frederick Funston (1946 - 1950)
USS Frederick Funston (APA-89) (1943 - 1946)
USAT Frederick Funston (1941 - 1943)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Golf - Bravo
NIGB
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (1) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation
Fourth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal (2) - Republic of Korea War Service Medal


Frederick Funston Attack Transport:
  • Laid down as a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull167) for the US Army at Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Tacoma, WA.
  • Launched, 27 September 1941
  • Commissioned USAT Frederick Funston
  • Acquired by the Navy, 8 April 1943
  • Commissioned USS Frederick Funston (APA-89), 24 April 1943, CDR. J. E. Murphy in command
  • During World War II USS Frederick Funston was first assigned to the European-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Sicilian occupation
    9 to 15 July 1943
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 to 22 June 1944
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 28 July 1944
    Salerno landings
    9 to 21 September 1943
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 20 October and 14 November 1944
      Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
      Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 5 March 1945

  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS Funston came under the command of:
    TransRon Eleven, COMO. D. W. Loomis USN (18);
    Trans Div Thirty-Three, CAPT. S. M. Haight USN (18)
  • Decommissioned, 4 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • Returned to the US Army Transportation Service and recommission by the Army as USAT Frederick Funston
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 28 April 1950
  • Placed in service with the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Frederick Funston (T-AP-178)
  • During the Korean War USNS Frederick Funston participated in the following campaign

    Korean War Campaign
    North Korean Aggression 3 to 5 August 1950

  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1969
  • USS Frederick Funston earned six battle stars for World War II service and one battle star for Korean War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 7,000 t.(lt) 15,1250 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 26' 6"
    Speed 18.6 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 62
    Enlisted 514
    Troop Capacity
    Officers 140
    Enlisted 2,148
    Cargo Capacity 5,200 DWT
    non-refrigerated 125,000 Cu ft
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    sixteen 20mm AA guns
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 11,935 Bbls
    Diesel 375 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Allis Chalmer turbine
    two Foster Wheeler "D"-type boilers, 520psi 765°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    four 300Kw 240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    USS Frederick Funston (APA-83)
    Frederick Funston 148k
    Namesake

    Frederick N. Funston (11 September 1865 19 February 1917) also known as Fred Funston, was a General in the United States Army, best known for his role in the Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War. He received Medal of Honor for his actions during the Philippine-American War.
    Photo: Library of Congress
    Bill Gonyo
    Frederick Funston 381k USAT Frederick Funston builders plate. Ron Reeves
    Frederick Funston 251k USS Frederick Funston (APA-89) underway, date and location unknown.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-71288 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    John Chiquoine
    Frederick Funston 64k USS Frederick Funston (APA-89) underway, date and location unknown.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-91505 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    John Chiquoine
    Frederick Funston 93k USS Frederick Funston (APA-89) near Hunters Point, San Francisco, 14 September 1945. She now has a 5"/38 dual purpose gun instead of the original 5"/51 low angle gun aft and a twin 40mm gun mount in place of the after 3"/50 gun.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No. 19-N-91507
    Mike Green
    Frederick Funston 91k USS Frederick Funston (APA-89) near Hunters Point, San Francisco, 14 September 1945. Note the twin 40 mm gun mount on the bow and the large LCM(3) landing craft athwartships on deck.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No. 19-N-91506
    Mike Green
    USAT Frederick Funston
    Frederick Funston 119k USAT Frederick Funston after completing her full Army conversion to a peacetime transport at the end of 1948. She now shows no evidence of once having been a wartime attack transport.
    Courtesy Shipscribe.com
    Mike Green
    Frederick Funston 226k USAT Frederick Funston underway, date and location unknown.
    US National Archives photo from "U.S. Army Ships and Watercraft of World War II", by Donald H. Grover.
    Robert Hurst
    Frederick Funston 63k USAT Frederick Funston, date and location unknown Jarrett Robinson
    Frederick Funston 53k USAT Frederick Funston, date and location unknown Jarrett Robinson
    Frederick Funston 79k USAT Frederick Funston, date and location unknown Jarrett Robinson
    Frederick Funston 68k USAT Frederick Funston, date and location unknown Jarrett Robinson
    USNS Frederick Funston (T-AP-178)
    Frederick Funston 57k USNS Frederick Funston (T-AP-178), circa 1947 to 1949, photo of ships name board, while ship is entering or leaving San Francisco Bay under the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin County end of bridge is visible in background. Submitted by Kirk Rattenne,
    Photo by Donald C. Rattenne, First Engineer in Funston, 1947 to 1949.
    Frederick Funston 67k USNS Frederick Funston (T-AP-178) at Adak, Alaska in early 1950. Note she is still wearing her Army colors.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, June 1950
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Frederick Funston 38k USNS Frederick Funston (T-AP-178), post 1950, location unknown. MSTS Society web page
    Frederick Funston 94k USNS Frederick Funston (T-AP-178) entering Elliott Bay, Seattle, WA. while carrying returning troops from Korea, circa 1950s. Ken Lane

    USS Frederick Funston (APA-89) / USNS Frederick Funston (T-AP-178)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Murphy, John Edward24 April 1943 - 23 June 1944
    02CAPT. Anderson, Charles Carter23 June 1944 - 2 July 1945
    03CAPT. Gerin, Marcel Raymone2 July 1945 - 4 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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