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USS Bunch (APD-79)
USS Bunch (DE-694) (1943 - 1944)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Alpha - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom,left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Buckley Class Destroyer Escort - Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
Laid down, 22 February 1943, as Bunch (DE-694), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort, at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI.
Launched, 29 May 1943
Commissioned USS Bunch (DE-694), 21 August 1943, LCDR. Alfred A. Campbell, USNR, in command
Converted to a High-speed Transport, 28 July to 12 October 1944, at Naval Frontier Base Tompkinsville, N.Y.
Redesignated (APD-79), 31 July 1944
During World War II USS Bunch was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in
the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 20 March to 30 June 1945
|Minesweeping Operations Pacific
8 to 13 November and 10 to 18 December 1945
While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS Buch (APD-79) came under the command of:
TransRon Twenty-Four, COMO. E. L. Short;
TransDiv One Hundred Four, CAPT. R. D. Williams USN (24);
Following World War II USS Bunch was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Decommissioned, 31 May 1946, at San Diego, CA.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet at San Diego
Struck form the Naval Register, 1 April 1964
USS Bunch earned two battle stars for her World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in 1965 to Zidell, Portland, OR.
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|1 October 1945 to 21 February 1946||1 October 1945 to 21 February 1946
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 Bunch (APD-79) under way on the Whangpoo River, Shanghai, China, 3 December 1945.
||Chad Kuiper for his grandfather DeWayne Larsen USS Bunch
||USS Bunch (APD-79) under way, in San Francisco Bay, CA., circa March 1946.
Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 79798. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974.
USS Bunch (APD-79)
Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Campbell, Alan Alfred, USNR||21 August 1943 - 29 June 1944||DE-694|
|02||LT. Hyde, Benjamin Dwight, USNR||29 June 1944 - 15 August 1945||DE-694 / APD-79|
|03||LCDR. deSibour, John Reginald, USNR||15 August 1945 - 26 August 1945||APD-79|
|04||LT. Donnally, Edward Wood, USNR||26 August 1945 - 31 March 1946||APD-79|
|05||LT. Erickson, Robert James Floyd, USNR||31 March 1946 - 31 May 1946||APD-79|
|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
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