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USS Barnstable (APA-93)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Uniform - Oscar
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)
Bayfield Class Attack Transport:
Laid down, 6 May 1943, as SS Sea Snapper, a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 282) at Western Pipe and Steel Co., Los Angeles CA.
Launched, 5 August 1943
Acquired by the Navy, 30 October 1943
Placed in reduced commission, 30 October 1943 to 3 November 1943, for transit to her fitting out yard at Portland, OR.
Fitted out as an Attack Transport at Commercial Iron Works, Portland OR.
Placed in full commission as, USS Barnstable (APA-93), 22 May 1944, CAPT. Thomas Murray Stokes in command
During World War II USS Barnstable was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Sixteen, COMO. J.B. McGovern USN;
TransDiv Forty-Seven, CAPT. C.L. Hutton USN (20) and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaigns and Dates
||Campaigns and Dates
|Western Caroline Islands operation
Capture and assault of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 to 12 January 1945
Leyte landings, 13 to 21 October and 10 to 29 November 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 5 April 1945
Following World War II USS Barnstable was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 12 to 26 October 1945
Decommissioned, 25 March 1946
Returned to the War Shipping Administration, 26 March 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
USS Barnstable earned four battle stars for World War II service
Sold 18 April 1947 to the Isthmian Steamship Co., renamed SS Steel Fabricator
Sold in 1970, renamed SS Reliance Dynasty
Sold, 30 December 1970 to Valor Navigation Co., re-flagged Panamanian, renamed SS Grand Valor
Final Disposition, scrapped in 1974
Displacement 8,591 t.(lt), 16,100 t.(fl)
Beam 69' 6"
Draft 24' (limiting)
Speed 18.4 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity30 t.
Cargo Capacity 4,700 t.
non-refrigerated 200,000 cu. ft.
one open LCPL
one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts, one fore and one aft
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 8,510 Bbls
Diesel 750 Bbls
one General Electric geared turbine
two Combustion Engineering D-type boilers 465psi 765°
double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
single propeller, 8,500shp
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||USS Barnstable (APA-93) at anchor, date and location unknown.
||USS Barnstable (APA-93) at anchor in San Francisco Bay, 5 May 1945. This ship and two other Western Pipe hulls (APA-92 and 96) had the forward pair of kingposts connected at the top by a light crossbar. During conversion an additional pair of short kingposts was installed just forward of the bridge.
US National Archives photo # RG-19-LCM, Photo No. 19-N-87724, a US Navy Bureau of ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS Barnstable (APA-93) at anchor in San Francisco Bay, 18 May 1945.
US Navy photo from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History", by Norman Friedman.
| Merchant Service
Isthmian SS Co.
||Ex-USS Barnstable (APA-93) underway as the Isthmian Lines cargo vessel SS Steel Fabricator, date and location unknown.
Original copyright by William Schell.
USS Barnstable (APA-93)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||CAPT. Stokes, Thomas Murray :RADM||22 May 1944 - 1 August 1944|
|02||CAPT. Walsh, Harvey Thomas :RADM||1 August 1944 - 10 April 1945|
|03||CAPT. Roane, Virginius Randolph USN (24)||10 April 1945 - 24 March 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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Last Updated 6 June 2014
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