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USS Hubbard (APD-53)
USS Hubbard (DE-211) (1944 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Yankee - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal (1) - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Buckley Class Destroyer Escort / Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 11 August 1943, as Hubbard (DE-211), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston S.C.
  • Launched, 11 November 1943
  • Commissioned USS Hubbard (DE-211), 6 March 1944, LCDR. Louis C. Mabley, USNR in command
  • Converted to a Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport at Sullivan Dry Dock, Brooklyn N.Y.
  • Redesignated (APD-53), 1 June 1945
  • During World War II USS Hubbard (APD-53) was assigned to the American and Europe-Africa-Middle East Theaters and participated in the following operations:

    American Campaign

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Attack and sinking of U-546 24 April 1945. Attack and sinking of U-248 16 January 1945.

  • Decommissioned, 15 March 1946, at Green Cove Springs FL. and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1966
  • USS Hubbard (DE-211) earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 1 July 1968
    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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    Hubbard 297k USS Hubbard (APD-53) detailed profile drawing. ©John Robert Barrett
    Hubbard 14k USS Hubbard (APD-53) under way, date and location unknown Hazygray & Underway
    Hubbard 150k Overhead view of USS Hubbard (APD-53) under way, circa 1945, location unknown.
    Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 84171. Courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1976.
    Mike Green
    Hubbard 243k Inboard to outboard, USS Hubbard (APD-53), USS Crosley (APD-87) and USS Lloyd (APD-63) laid up in reserve at the US Navy's Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs Florida site, September 1960. John Chiquoine
    Earheart 247k Left to right, USS Earheart (APD-113), USS Kline (APD-120), USS Burke (APD-65) and on the opposite side of the pier USS Hubbard (APD-53) laid up in reserve at the US Navy's Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs Florida site, September 1960. John Chiquoine

    USS Hubbard (APD-53)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Mabley, Louis Christopher, USNR6 March 1944 - 11 May 1945DE-211
    02LCDR. Korsmeyer, Frederick Bates, USNR11 May 1945 - 5 January 1946DE-211 / APD-53
    03LT. Gardner, Richard Evan, USNR5 January 1946 - 15 March 1946APD-53
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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