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USS Bassett (APD-73)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - November - India
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

USS Bassett (APD-73) was transferred to Colombia and renamed ARC Almirante Tono (DT-04)
Buckley Class Destroyer Escort / Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 28 November 1943, as Bassett (DE-672), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 15 January 1944
  • Redesignated (APD-73), 27 June 1944
  • Ferried to Consolidated Steel Corp, Orange, TX. for fitting out as a Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport
  • Commissioned USS Bassett (APD-73), 23 February 1945, LCDR. Harold J. Theriault USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Bassett (APD-73) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Bassett was assigned to Occupation service from 12 September to 22 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 29 August 1946, at Green Cove Springs FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs
  • Recommissioned, 7 December 1950, LCDR. Demetrius J. Vellis in command,
  • Decommissioned, 26 November 1957, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1967
  • Transferred to Colombia, commissioned ARC Almirante Tono (DT-04), 6 September 1968
  • Final Disposition, struck from the Colombian Naval Register and broken up for scrap, date unknown
    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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    Bassett 93k USS Bassett (APD-73) moored to a buoy, location unknown, circa 1945-46 or 1950-57. William Mennel
    Bassett 107k USS Bassett (APD-73) underway, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in World War II
    Bassett 40k USS Bassett (APD-73) underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Bassett 193k USS Bassett (APD-73) moored at Genoa, Italy, 20 August 1956 Photo by Carlo Martinelli

    USS Bassett (APD-73)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Theriault, Harold John, USNR23 February 1945 - 30 August 1945
    02LT. Wetlaufer, Wallis Charles, USNR30 August 1945 - 1 October 1945
    03LCDR. Theriault, Harold John, USNR1 October 1945 - 13 December 1945
    04LT. Nagle Jr., Charles Leo, USNR13 December 1945 - 29 August 1946
     Decommissioned29 August 1946 - 7 December 1950
    05LCDR. Vellis, Demetrius John7 December 1950 - September 1951
    06LCDR. Leavitt, Guy ChamberlinSeptember 1951 - 1953
    07LCDR. Ady, Joseph Wesley1953 - 1955
    08LCDR. Metz, Roger Christian1955 - 26 November 1957
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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