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USS Amesbury (APD-46)
International Radio Call Sign:
USS Amesbury (DE-66) (1943 - 1945)
November - Delta - Oscar - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row- Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Buckley Class Destroyer Escort - Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
Laid down, 8 March 1943, as Amesbury (DE-66), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham MA..
Launched, 6 June 1943
Commissioned USS Amesbury (DE-66), 31 August 1943, LCDR. Allen B. Adams, Jr. USNR, in command.
During World War II USS Amesbury was assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters and participated in the following campaign:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
Converted to a Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia PA,
Redesignated (APD-46), 23 February 1945
Following World War II USS Amesbury was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|3 September to 21 October 1945||3 September to 21 October 1945
Decommissioned, 3 July 1946, at Green Cove Springs FL.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
Struck from the Naval Register 1 June 1960
Final Disposition, sold 24 October 1962 to Chet Alexander Marine Salvage Co., Key West FL. for scrapping, removed in November 1962, sank under tow 5 miles off Key
West, FL. in 25' of water
Displacement 1,400 t.(lt), 2,130 t.(fl)
Length 306' ovl.
Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
Boats 4 LCVP landing craft
six 1/4 ton trucks
two 1 ton trucks
four ammunition carts
four pack howitzers
Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
three twin 40 mm AA gun mounts
six single 20 mm AA gun mounts
two depth charge tracks
NSFO 2,216 Bbls
Diesel 93 Bbls
two Combustion Engineering "D" Express boilers, 435psi 750°
two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
Ship's Service Generators
two 300Kw 450V A.C.
two 40Kw 120V D.C.
two propellers, 12,000shp
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||USS Amesbury (APD-46) underway, date and location unknown.
||Hyperwar US Navy
in World War II
USS Amesbury (DE-66 / APD-46)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Adams Jr., Allen Bond, USN (USNA 1932)||31 August 1943 - 10 May 1944||DE-66|
|02||LCDR. Wilbor, Arthur Banks, USNR||10 May 1944 - November 1945||DE-66 / APD-46|
|04||LCDR. Gantar, Mark Martin, USN||November 1945 - 28 February 1946||APD-46|
|05||LTjg. Silverstein, Jay Arthur, USNR||28 February 1946 - 2 April 1946||APD-46|
|06||LTjg. Ivey Jr., George Mason, USNR||2 April 1946 - 15 May 1946||APD-46|
|07||LT. Heaton, Clair Whitman, USNR||15 May 1946 - 3 July 1946||APD-46|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
Last Updated 30 June 2017
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|