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USS Arthur L. Bristol (APD-97)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Hotel - Papa
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, 1 December 1943, as Arthur L. Bristol (DE-281), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 19 February 1944
  • Reclassified a Crosley Class High-speed Transport, 17 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS Arthur L. Bristol (APD-97), 25 June 1945, LCDR. Morris Beerman, USNR, in command.
  • Decommissioned 29 April 1946 at Green Cove Springs FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs, St John's River Area
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1964
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, summer 1965, to Boston Metals Corp., Baltimore MD., transferred to Boston Metals, 4 August 1965
    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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    Size Image Description Contributed
    LSM-396 88k LSM-396, and
    LSM-308 at the fitting out piers at US Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C. Other ships in this photo include:
    LSM 389,
    Ray K. Edwards
    Arthur L. Bristol (APD-97),
    Truxtun (APD-98),
    Upham (APD-99).
    US Navy Yard Charleston photo # 132-46, dated 10 January 1945.
    USS LSM / LSMR Association

    USS Arthur L. Bristol (APD-97)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Beerman, Morris, USNR25 June 1945 - December 1945
    02LT. Stumpf, Thomas Robert, USNRDecember 1945 - April 1946
    03LTjg. Senter, Carl Claude, USNRApril 1946 - 29 April 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
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    (DE) Photo Index
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