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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) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
Laid down, 22 February 1943, as 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 assigned initially to the American Theater and the Europe-Africa0Middle East Theaters before being assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participating in the following campaigns:
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
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in 1965
USS Bunch received two battle stars for her World War II service
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 22 April and
22 May to 1 July 1945
|Minesweeping Operations Pacific
13 September 1945 to January 1946
Displacement 1,400 t.(lt) 2,130 t.(fl)
Length 306' (ovl)
Draft 13' 6" (max)
Speed 23.6 kt (trial)
Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
Boats 4 LCVP landing craft
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
three twin 40mm AA gun mounts
eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
one depth charge projector
two depth charge tracks
NSFO 2,216 Bbls
Diesel 93 Bbls
two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
two D-type Express boilers, 435psi 750°
Ship's Service Generators
two turbo-drive 300Kw 450V A.C.
two turbo-drive 40Kw 120V D.C.
two propellers, 12,000shp
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||USS Bunch (APD-79) underway, date and location unknown.
||Hyperwar US Navy in World War II
||USS Bunch (APD-79) underway on the Whangpoo River, Shanghai, China, 3 December 1945.
||Chad Kuiper for his grandfather DeWayne Larsen USS Bunch
USS Bunch (APD-79)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. Campbell, Alan Alfred||21 August 1943 - ?|
|02||LCDR. Hile, William K.||1944 - ?|
|03||LCDR. Hyde, Benjamin Dwight||29 June 1944 - ?|
|04||LCDR. Stanton, Gideon T.||1945 - ?|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Fleet Reserve Association
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
Last Updated 5 December 2010
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|