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USS Stringham (APD-6)
USS Stringham (DD-83) (1920 - 1940)
USS Stringham (Destroyer #83) (1918 - 1920)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Charlie - Papa
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row - Navy Unit Commendation - World War I Victory Medal (with Destroyer clasp) - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp)
Third Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (9) - World War II Victory Medal

Wickes Class Destroyer:
  • Laid down, 19 September 1917, at Fore River Shipbuilding Corp, Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, 30 March 1918
  • Commissioned USS Stringham (Destroyer No. 83), 2 July 1918, CDR. N. E. Nichols in command
  • Designated (DD-83) 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned and laid up at Philadelphia, PA., 2 June 1922
  • Converted to a High-speed Transport
  • Recommissioned USS Stringham (APD-6), 11 December 1940, at Norfolk, VA.
  • During WWII USS Stringham (APD-6) was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Guadalcanal - Tulagi landings, 23 August and 5 September 1942 Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 26 and 28 to 29 December 1943
    Green Island landing, 15 to 19 February 1944
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Marianas Island operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June to 28 July 1944
    New Georgia Group operation
    Vella Lavella occupation, 15 August 1943
    Tinian capture and occupation, 24 to 28 July 1944
    Eastern New Guinea operation
    Saidor occupation, 2 January 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and capture of Okinawa Gunto, 2 to 28 April 1945
    Treasury - Bougainville operation
    Treasury Island landing, 27 October 1943
    Supporting air actions, 5 November 1943
    Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina, 11 and 17 November 1943

  • While assigned to Commander South Pacific Force and South Pacific Area USS Stringham came under the command of:
    TransDiv Twelve, (flagship) CDR. Hugh W. Hadley, USN (22)
  • While assigned to Commander Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet USS Stringham came under the command of:
    TransDiv One Hundred-Two, CDR. J.N. Hughes, USN (31)
  • Reclassified (DD-83), 25 June 1945
  • Decommissioned, 9 November 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 December 1945
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in March 1946, at Philadelphia, PA.
  • USS Stringham was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation in addition to 9 battle stars for World War II service
    Displacement 1,154 t. 1,600 t.(fl)
    Length 314' 5"
    Beam 30' 6"
    Draft 9' 10"
    Speed 35.2 kts.
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 98
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 3
    Enlisted 144
    Boats 4 LCP(L) landing craft
    three single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    five single 20mm AA gun mounts
    one depth charge rack
    four depth charge projectors
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 2,380 Bbls
    Diesel 55 Bbls
    two Fore River Curtis design geared turbines
    two Yarrow boilers, 250psi Sat.
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    two turbo-drive 60Kw, 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 27,000shp

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    Rear Adm. Silas Horton Stringham 139k

    Silas Horton Stringham, born in Middletown, N.Y., on 7 November 1798, served in the United States Navy from the War of 1812 through the Civil War. During the War of 1812, he served in the frigate President and took part in the engagements with the British ships Little Belt and Belier. He subsequently served in Spark in the campaign against Algerian corsairs and later, while attached to Hornet with the West India Squadron, participated in the capture of the slaver Moscow. During the Mexican War, he commanded the ship-of-the-line Ohio and took part in the attack on Vera Cruz. Commissioned Rear Admiral in July 1862, his Civil War service included command of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. Rear Admiral Stringham died in Brooklyn, N.Y., on 7 February 1876.
    Photo from the Library of Congress
    Bill Gonyo
    Stringham 590k USS Stringham (APD-6) undergoing conversion to APD 6 at Navy Yard Norfolk, Portsmouth, VA. in 1940. Note her old side number "DD-83" has not been painted over as of the date of this photo. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. File name: DD 83-1 CONV APD 6 Darryl Baker
    Stringham 765k USS Stringham (APD-6) moored pierside in San Francisco after overhaul at Navy Yard Mare Island from 29 October to 6 December 1942. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. File name: DD 83 APD 6-7544-42, Navy Photo, 12/6/42 Darryl Baker
    Stringham 178k USS Stringham (APD-6) pierside at a San Francisco, 6 December 1942. Photographed by the Mare Island Navy Yard, CA.. Note Stringham's very fine-detailed camouflage scheme.
    US Navy photo # NH 107265, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Robert Hurst
    McKean 132k USS Stringham (APD-6) in board of USS McKean (APD-5) while moored at Mare Island Navy Yard, 23 April 1943
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 3015-43, 4/23/43.
    Darryl Baker
    McKean 171k USS Stringham (APD-6) in board of USS McKean (APD-5) while moored at Mare Island Navy Yard, 23 April 1943
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 3016-43, 4/23/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Stringham 109k USS Stringham (APD-6) (Aft plan view) moored at Mare Island Navy Yard, 25 May 1943
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 3986-43 5/25/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Stringham 151k USS Stringham (APD-6) (Forward plan view) moored at Mare Island Navy Yard, 25 May 1943
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 3987-43 5/25/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Stringham 63k USS Stringham (APD-6) (Bow on view) under way in Mare Island Channel, 29 May 1943.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 4013-43 5/29/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Stringham 66k USS Stringham (APD-6) (Broadside view) under way off Mare Island, 29 May 1943.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 4015-43 5/29/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Stringham 75k USS Stringham (APD-6) (Stern view) under way in the Mare Island Channel, 29 May 1943.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 4017-43 5/29/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Stringham 188k USS Stringham (APD-6) under way, circa 1944, possibly during the Marianas Operation.
    Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 92704, collection of Rear Admiral Bradford Bartlett, 1981.
    Mike Green
    Stringham 988k USS Stringham (APD-6) under way, date and location unknown.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-458700, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Ed Zajkowski
    Stringham 56k USS Stringham (APD-6) under way, January 1945.
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret

    USS Stringham (DD-83 / APD-6)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Nichols, Neil Ernest 2 July 1918 - 16 October 1918DD-83
    02CDR.Puleston, William Dilworth16 October 1918 - 23 November 1918DD-83
     Decommissioned2 June 1922 - 11 December 1940 
    04LCDR. Varian, Donald Cord1940 - ?APD-6
     LCDR. Moureau, Ralph Henning1943 - 13 September 1944APD-6
     LCDR. Schley, John Boone13 September 1944 - 9 December 1945APD-6
     LCDR. Wildner, Adolferno datesAPD-6
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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    American APD Corporation
    Four Stack APD Veterans

    Contact: CWO3 Curtis G. Clark USN Ret.
    Address: 3080 Monarch St.,San Diego CA. 92123
    Phone:: 858 427-6696

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