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USS Amesbury (APD-46)
USS Amesbury (DE-66) (1943 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
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 19453 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
    APD Specifications:
    Displacement 1,400 t.(lt), 2,130 t.(fl)
    Length 306' ovl.
    Beam 37'
    Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
    Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
    Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 192
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 150
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Boats 4 LCVP landing craft
    Troop Accoutrements
    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
    Fuel Capacities
    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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    Amesbury 32k 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)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Adams Jr., Allen Bond, USN (USNA 1932)31 August 1943 - 10 May 1944DE-66
    02LCDR. Wilbor, Arthur Banks, USNR10 May 1944 - November 1945DE-66 / APD-46
    04LCDR. Gantar, Mark Martin, USNNovember 1945 - 28 February 1946APD-46
    05LTjg. Silverstein, Jay Arthur, USNR28 February 1946 - 2 April 1946APD-46
    06LTjg. Ivey Jr., George Mason, USNR2 April 1946 - 15 May 1946APD-46
    07LT. Heaton, Clair Whitman, USNR15 May 1946 - 3 July 1946APD-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
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