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USS Freestone (APA-167)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Tango - India
NDTI
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is top to bottom, from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal


Haskell Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 4 September 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 133) at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 9 October 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 8 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS Freestone (APA-167), 9 November 1944, at Astoria, OR., CAPT. Charles L. Carpenter USN (26) in command
  • During World War II USS Freestone (APA-167) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Nineteen, COMO. C.D. Edgar;
    TransDiv Fifty-Seven, CAPT. G.F. Galpin USN (21) and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 7 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Freestone was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    18 to 28 September 1945
    6 to 12 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 17 April 1946, at Norfolk VA.
  • Returned to the War Shipping Administration, 19 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
  • USS Freestone earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 April 1973, to Union Mineral and Alloys Corp., New York, N.Y., for $111,560.00, removed 29 September 1973
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,873 t. (lt) 14,837 t. (fl) 12,450 t. (lim)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 17.7 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 56
    Enlisted 480
    Troop Capacity
    Officers 80
    Enlisted 1,440
    Cargo Capacity 2,900 DWT
    non-refrigerated 150,000 cu. ft
    Boats
    two LCMs
    one open LCPL
    one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
    two LCPRs
    eighteen LCVPs
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 dual-purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 7,780Bbls
    Diesel 970Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Westinghouse geared turbine
    two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 465psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
    three turbo-drive Ships Service Generators, 120V/240V D.C.
    one propeller, 8,500shp

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    Freestone 263k USS Freestone (APA-167) at anchor, location unknown, 1944.
    US navy photo.
    CDR Sumner L. Thompson, USCGR Ret. USS Freestone
    Freestone 55k USS Freestone (APA-167) at anchor in San Francisco Bay in late 1945 or early 1946.US Navy photo # NH 98720 donated to the US Naval Historical Center by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003. US Naval Historical Center
    Freestone 116k USS Freestone (APA-167) statistics CDR Sumner L. Thompson, USCGR Ret. USS Freestone
    Freestone 121k USS Freestone (APA-167) history CDR Sumner L. Thompson, USCGR Ret. USS Freestone

    USS Freestone (APA-167)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Carpenter, Charles Lorain USN (26) :RADM9 November 1944 - 10 November 1945
    02CDR. Day, Dwight Harvey USN (23)10 November 1945 - 4 February 1946
    03LCDR. Morse, Milton B. USNR4 February 1946 - 11 February 1946
    04CAPT. Thornall, Charles USNR11 February 1946 - 17 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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