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USS Earle B. Hall (APD-107)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Charlie - Kilo
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 USN 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 Boger USN 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.
    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
    Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
    General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
    Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
    one 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    three twin 40 mm gun mounts
    six single 20 mm gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    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 22k
    Earle Boitnott Hall, born 25 December 1919 in Dawson Springs, Ky., enlisted in the Navy in 1938. Aviation Machinist's Mate Hall was posthumously awarded an Air Medal for meritorious achievement in a patrol mission against Japanese forces on the wild Sulu island of Jolo, Philippines, 27 December 1941. He was killed in this action. Photo from 2016 Reunion web site
    Tommy Trampp
    Earle B. Hall 213k USS Earle B. Hall (APD-107) under way after recommissioning in 1950.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Catalog #: L45-82.02.01
    Robert Hurst
    Earle B Hall 107k USS Earle B. Hall (APD-107) under way, 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 79k USS Earle B. Hall (APD-107) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Earle B. Hall 57k USS Earle B. Hall (APD-107) under way enroute to the Caribbean, 1951. Peter Mafilios, QMQ3.
    Earle B. Hall 84k USS Earle B. Hall (APD-107) under way 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) under way off NAB Little Creek, VA, August 1964. © Richard Leonhardt

    USS Earle B Hall (APD-107)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    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), USN (USNA 1939)March 1946 - 27 September 1946
     Decommissioned27 September 1946 - 7 December 1950
    06CDR. Mack, William Harrison, USN (USNA 1940)7 December 1950 - 1 June 1951
    07LCDR. Robinson1 June 1951 - 1953
    08LCDR. Stronski, Edmund Joseph, USN 1953 - 1955
    09LCDR. Craig, James Robert, USN 1955 - 21 February 1956
    10LR. Gresham, John Irvin, USN 19 July 1957 - 13 September 1957
     Decommissioned13 September 1957 - 29 November 1961
    11LCDR. Boger, Clarence Earl, USN29 November 1961 - 8 July 1963
    12LCDR. Cotten Jr., Thomas Randolph, USN (USNA 1952)8 July 1963 - 15 January 1965
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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