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USS Earle B. Hall (APD-107)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Charlie - Kilo
NUCK
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia or Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba)

Nicknamed "Iron Porpoise" (thanks to Jack Dawkins)


Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort - Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 9 January 1944, as Earle B. Hall (DE-597), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Co, Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 1 March 1944
  • Redesignated a Crosley Class High-speed Transport, 17 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS Earle B. Hall (APD-107), 15 May 1945, LCDR. Edward J. Haddon, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Earle B. Hall was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Earle B. Hall was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 26 September 1945 to 28 February 1946
  • Decommissioned, 27 September 1946, at Mayport FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Recommissioned, 7 December 1950, at Jacksonville FL., CDR. William H. Mack, in command
  • USS Earle B. Hall served on Occupation service in the European area from 4 May to 17 October 1953
  • Decommissioned, 13 September 1957
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 29 November 1961, at Brooklyn Navy Yard, LCDR. Clarence Bolger, Clarence, in command
  • Decommissioned, 15 January 1965
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 February 1965
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 28 January 1966
    APD Specifications:
    Displacement 1,630 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.
    Complement
    12 Officers
    192 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    12 Officers
    150 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Boats four LCVP landing craft
    Troop Accoutrements
    six 1/4 ton trucks
    two 1 ton trucks
    four ammunition carts
    four pack howitzers
    Storage
    Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
    General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
    Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
    Armament
    one 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    three twin 40 mm gun mounts
    six single 20 mm gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    Propulsion
    two Babcox and Wilcox "D" Express type boilers, 435 PSI 750°
    two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive) Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 450V A.C.
    two turbo-drive 40Kw 120V D.C.
    two shafts, shaft horsepower 12,000

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    Earle B. Hall 118k USS Earle B. Hall (APD-107) underway after recommissioning in 1950.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, August 1954
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Earle B Hall 107k USS Earle B. Hall (APD-107) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    James G. Plough
    Earle B. Hall 107k USS Earle B. Hall (APD-107) moored pierside, Norfolk, VA., circa 1951. QMS/2C George Panos in the foreground. George Panos, QMS2C USS Earle B. Hall
    Earle B. Hall 57k USS Earle B. Hall (APD-107) underway enroute to the Caribbean, 1951. Peter Mafilios, QMQ3.
    Earle B. Hall 84k USS Earle B. Hall (APD-107) underway in the Caribbean, circa 1962-63. Photo taken from USS Rankin (AKA-103. Thomas L. McLain
    Earle B. Hall 107k USS Earle B. Hall (APD-107) alongside USS Rankin (AKA-103 while underway in the Caribbean, circa 1962-64. Thomas L. McLain
    Earle B. Hall 99k USS Earle B. Hall (APD-107) and USS Rankin (AKA-103 conducting a highline operation while underway in the Caribbean, circa 1962-64. Thomas L. McLain
    Earle B. Hall 94k USS Earle B. Hall (APD-107) underway off NAB Little Creek, VA, August 1964. © Richard Leonhardt

    USS Earle B Hall (APD-107)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Haddon, Edward Joseph, USNR15 May 1945 - 3 October 1945
    02LTjg. Coburn, Forrest Edward, USNR3 October 1945 - 6 October 1945
    03LTjg. Sanders, David Lewis, USNR6 October 1945 - 19 October 1945
    04LCDR. Gehgan, Berwyn Byron, USNR19 October 1945 - March 1946
    05LCDR. Patterson, DeWitt McDougal (Pat)March 1946 - 27 September 1946
     Decommissioned27 September 1946 - 7 December 1950
    06LCDR. Mack, William Harrison7 December 1950 - 1 June 1951
    07LCDR. Robinson1 June 1951 - 1953
    08LCDR. Stronski, Edmund Joseph1953 - ?
    06LCDR. Mc Nabb, John Wallace1956 - 13 September 1957
     Decommissioned13 September 1957 - 29 November 1961
    07LCDR. Bolger, Clarence29 November 1961 - July 1963
    09LCDR. Cotten Jr., Thomas RandolphJuly 1963 - 15 January 1965
    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
    USS Earle B. Hall APD-107
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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