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USS Cread (APD-88)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Echo - Juliet
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort - Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 16 October 1943, as Cread (DE-227), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched, 12 February 1944
  • Reclassified a Crosley Class High-speed Transport (APD-88), 17 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS Cread (APD-88), 29 July 1945, CDR Parker E. Cherry, USNR, in command.
  • Decommissioned, 15 March 1946, at Green Cove Springs FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1960
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 16 March 1961, to Southern Scrap Metal Co., New Orleans, LA.
    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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    Cread 196k

    Walter Irving Cread was born 18 November 1923 in Los Angeles, Calif., and enlisted in the Naval Reserve 18 August 1941. He was rated fireman third class 18 October 1941 and assigned to duty in Hornet (CV-8). As fireman second class, Cread was killed in action 12 December 1942 while attached to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 2.
    Scott Bergmann
    Cread 303k Newspaper photo of Cread (DE-227) and Crosley (DE-226) ready for launching at Philadelphia Navy Yard the day before their scheduled launching on 12 February 1944. Scott Bergmann
    Cread 202k Newspaper photo of Mrs. Hilda Bergmann, Walter Cread's aunt, christening Cread (DE-227), 12 February 1944 at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA. Scott Bergmann
    Cread 264k Philadelphia, PA (12 Feb 1944) Sponsors of the double launching of two Navy Destroyer-Escorts at the Philadelphia Nay Yard were Mrs. Hilda Bergmann (Left), of Minneapolis, Minnesota, who christened the USS Cread (DE-227) in honor of her nephew Walter Irvin Cread, F2/C who was killed in action and Mrs. Walter Selwyn Crosley, of Alexander, Virginia, widow of Rear Admiral Walter Crosley, who christened the USS Crosley (DE-226) . Captain W.L. Beck, Assistant Commander of the Fourth Naval District (Right) was the main speaker at the ceremonies.
    Photo courtesy of the Acme News pictures.
    Bill Gonyo
    Cread 113k USS Cread (APD-88) at anchor, date and location unknown. Capt Jerry Mason, USN

    USS Cread (APD-88)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Cherry, Parker Emanuel, USNR29 July 1945 - 23 November 1945
    02LCDR. Tuttle, John Edmund, LCDR23 November 1945 - 15 December 1945
    03LTjg. Ware, David Andrew, USNR15 December 1945 - 15 March 1946
    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
    Commissioning Program
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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