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USS Frament (APD-77)
USS Frament (DE-677) (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Papa - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row -China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Buckley Class Destroyer Escort - Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down as, Frament (DE-677), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort, at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Co., Quincy MA.
  • Launched, 28 June 1943
  • Commissioned USS Frament (DE-677), 15 August 1943, LCDR. Sheery T. McAdam, Jr. USNR in command
  • Converted to a Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport and redesignated (APD-77), 15 December 1944
  • During World War II USS Frament was initially assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater as flagship for TransDiv One Hundred Eight and participated in the following campaign:
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 29 May to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Frament was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September 1945 to 2 January 19462 September 1945 to 2 January 1946

  • Decommissioned, 30 May 1946, at Green Cove Springs FL.and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Struck form the Naval Register 1 June 1960
  • USS Frament earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, transferred to Ecuador as a power hulk, 1 July 1971
    APD Specifications:
    Displacement 1,400 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.
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 192
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 150
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Boats 4 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 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
    Fuel Capacities
    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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    Frament 55k

    Paul Stanley Frament was born 4 February 1919 at Cohoes, N.Y. He graduated from Keveny Memorial Academy before entering Albany College of Pharmacy and graduating in 1939. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve 29 December 1941 soon after Pearl Harbor and in January 1942, reported for training as a pharmacistís mate. He was posted to the First Marine Division being organized for the Solomonís invasion. He landed in the first wave on 7 August 1942. Framentís battalion was engaged in an offensive action 3 November 1942. During the fighting he rushed to a Marine and tended his wounds while ignoring the Japanese snipers shooting at him. Later in the battle, he ignored mortar fire to provide aid to other wounded men and in doing so was knocked unconscious by a close explosion. He was evacuated to the rear but the following morning secured his own release and returned to his unit. Frament was again under fire tending wounded on 10 November. Two days later he was wounded by naval gunfire and died of his wounds on 19 November 1942. Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Frament was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his fearless devotion to duty in tending Marines on Guadalcanal while under fire.
    Photo courtesy of   Dr. Dennis B. Worthen, PhD, Lloyd Scholar; University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy
    Bill Gonyo
    Frament 40k USS Frament (APD-77) at anchor outside the mouth of the Yangtze River, China, December 1945. © William J Mennel
    Frament 41k USS Frament (APD-77) at anchor outside the mouth of the Yangtze River, China, December 1945. © William J Mennel
    Frament 89k USS Frament (APD-77) "E" Division, December 1945. © William J Mennel
    Frament 83k USS Frament (APD-77) Partial crew photo, December 1945. © William J Mennel
    Frament 179k USS Frament (APD-77) off San Diego, in January 1946, note homeward bound pennant.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 79797. Courtesy of D.M. McPherson, 1974.
    Colorized version thanks to Debbie Raley.
    Mike Green
    Debbie Raley for her father George Dalgo USS Frament 1943-46
    Frament 980k

    USS Frament (DE-677 / APD-77)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. McAdam Jr., Sherry Thomas, USNR15 August 1943 - 8 October 1943DE-677
    02LCDR. Brown, Donald Cairns, USNR8 October 1943 - 11 January 1944DE-677
    03LCDR. Drinkwater, Allrom Casper, USNR11 January 1944 - 1 June 1944DE-677
    04LCDR. Harrington, Travers Reginald, USNR1 June 1944 - 8 September 1945DE-677 / APD-77
    05LCDR. Thurber, Legrand Louis, USNR8 September 1945 - 10 December 1945APD-77
    06LT. Corwith, John Davis, USNR10 December 1945 - 30 May 1946APD-77
     LCDR. Hastings, Edmund dates 
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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