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USS Barnstable (APA-93)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Uniform - Oscar
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 (4) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

Bayfield Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 6 May 1943, as SS Sea Snapper, a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 282) at Western Pipe and Steel Co., Los Angeles CA.
  • Launched, 5 August 1943
  • Acquired by the Navy, 30 October 1943
  • Placed in reduced commission, 30 October 1943, for transit to her fitting out yard at Portland, OR., CDR Roger E. Perry, USN (24) (Ferry Crew #1), in command
  • Decommissioned, 3 November 1943, at Commercial Iron Works, Portland OR.
  • Fitted out as an Attack Transport at Commercial Iron Works, Portland OR.
  • Recommissioned in full as, USS Barnstable (APA-93), 22 May 1944, CAPT. Thomas Murray Stokes in command
  • During World War II USS Barnstable was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Sixteen, COMO. J.B. McGovern USN;
    TransDiv Forty-Seven, CAPT. C.L. Hutton USN (20) and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and assault of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 to 12 January 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 13 to 21 October and 10 to 29 November 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 5 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Barnstable was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 12 to 26 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 25 March 1946
  • Returned to the War Shipping Administration, 26 March 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
  • USS Barnstable earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Merchant Service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 26 March 1947 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
    Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 2 October 1946 by Moran Towing to New York City
    Turned over to Blair Syd & Arthur G. Blair, Yonkers New York, 5 October 1946 under a General Agency Agreement
    Moved to Todd Ship Building, Hoboken N.J., 12 February 1947, for conversion to merchant service under a General Agency Agreement
    Sold 18 April 1947 to the Isthmian Steamship Co., renamed SS Steel Fabricator
    Sold in 1970, renamed SS Reliance Dynasty
    Sold, 30 December 1970 to Valor Navigation Co., re-flagged Panamanian, renamed SS Grand Valor
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1974
    Displacement 8,591 t.(lt), 16,100 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 24' (limiting)
    Speed 18.4 kts.
    Officers 99
    Enlisted 593
    Flag Accommodation
    43 officers
    108 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodation
    80 Officers
    1,475 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 4,700 t.
    non-refrigerated 200,000 cu. ft.
    two LCMs
    one open LCPL
    one covered LCPL (Captain's Gig)
    two LCPRs
    eighteen LCVPs
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts, one fore and one aft
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 8,510 Bbls
    Diesel 750 Bbls
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Combustion Engineering D-type boilers 465psi 765°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    USS Barnstable (APA-93)
    Barnstable 665k USS Barnstable (APA-93) underway in the harbor at Portland, OR., 2 June 1944. Her camouflage is measure 32/3D
    US National Archives Photo Identifier BS 67338.
    C. Lee Johnson
    Barnstable 125k USS Barnstable (APA-93) at anchor at an unspecified South West Pacific anchorage in 1944. She still wears camouflage measure 32/3D.
    US National Archives, Riverside.
    John Chiquoine and
    Dave Schroeder
    Barnstable 46k USS Barnstable (APA-93) at anchor, date and location unknown. Rick Kaufman
    Barnstable 87k USS Barnstable (APA-93) at anchor in San Francisco Bay, 5 May 1945. This ship and two other Western Pipe hulls (APA-92 and 96) had the forward pair of kingposts connected at the top by a light crossbar. During conversion an additional pair of short kingposts was installed just forward of the bridge.
    US National Archives photo # RG-19-LCM, Photo No. 19-N-87724, a US Navy Bureau of ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Barnstable 560k USS Barnstable (APA-93) at anchor in San Francisco Bay, 18 May 1945.
    US Navy photo from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History", by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    Barnstable 208k Broadside port view of USS Barnstable (APA-93) at anchor in San Francisco Bay, 18 May 1945. USS General William Mitchell (AP-114) is at left, in background; USS General C. H. Muir (AP-142) is at upper right. Note paint worn away near Barnstable's stern, showing remnant of old camouflage scheme.
    US National Archives Photo # 19-N-87730 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Barnstable 181k USS Barnstable (APA-93)'s only Magic Carpet voyage seen arriving at San Francisco, 17 November 1945 with a large number of homecoming servicemen on deck.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command PHoto # NH 78545. Courtesy of James Russell.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Merchant Service Isthmian SS Co.
    Barnstable 326k Ex-USS Barnstable (APA-93) under way as the Isthmian Lines cargo vessel SS Steel Fabricator, date and location unknown.
    Original copyright by William Schell.
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Barnstable (APA-93)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
     CDR. Perry, Roger Edison, USN (USNA 1924) (Ferry Command #1)30 October 1943 - 3 November 1943
     Decommissioned3 November 1943 - 22 May 1944
    01CAPT. Stokes, Thomas Murray :RADM22 May 1944 - 1 August 1944
    02CAPT. Walsh, Harvey Thomas :RADM1 August 1944 - 10 April 1945
    03CAPT. Roane, Virginius Randolph USN (USNA 1924)10 April 1945 - 24 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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