USS Freestone (APA-167)
USS Freestone (APA-167) in San Francisco Bay, late 1945 or early '46
|Ordered:||as type VC2-S-AP5
MCV hull 133
|Laid down:||4 September 1944|
|Launched:||9 October 1944|
|Commissioned:||9 November 1944|
|Decommissioned:||17 April 1946|
|Displacement:||12,450 tons (full load)|
|Length:||455 ft 0 in (138.68 m)|
|Beam:||62 ft 0 in (18.90 m)|
|Draught:||24 ft 0 in (7.32 m)|
|Armament:||one 5” gun mount,
twelve 40mm mounts,
ten 20mm mounts
World War II service
Freestone (APA-167) was launched 9 October 1944 by Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, Oregon; sponsored by Mrs. Arthur R. Ponto; and commissioned 9 November 1944, Captain C. L. Carpenter in command.
All ships were required to keep logs of what they did. Ships also comprised War Diaries that were submitted month by month to US Naval command. The following sample images are from the War Diary of the USS Freestone from November 1944.
Landing troops on Saipan and on Okinawa
Freestone arrived at Pearl Harbor 14 January 1945 with passengers and cargo from the U.S. West Coast, and 6 days later sailed to land troops from Pearl Harbor on Saipan. Moving on to Ulithi, Freestone loaded U.S. Marines and their equipment and sailed to Leyte for intensive training in preparation for the Okinawa landings. She sortied from Leyte Gulf 27 March, remained in the outer transport area during the assault on 1 April, then moved close inshore to land her men in one of the later waves of landing craft. Next day she splashed a lone enemy aircraft, and on 7 April she was underway with casualties for Guam.
Continuing to San Francisco, California, Freestone arrived 11 May 1945 to embark soldiers and sailors for transportation to Manila, arriving 12 June. She voyaged to New Guinea to bring more soldiers to Manila, then sailed for the U.S. west coast with homeward bound servicemen. On two cruises to the western Pacific Ocean between 4 August and 23 December, she redeployed men and equipment in the Philippines and to Japan from various bases, returning from both cruises with servicemen eligible for discharge.
On 1 March 1946, a history of the USS Freestone was compiled and submitted to US Naval Command. The following images shows that history.
Military awards and honors
- 01 CAPT. Carpenter, Charles Lorain USN (26) :RADM 9 November 1944 - 10 November 1945
- 02 CDR. Day, Dwight Harvey USN (23) 10 November 1945 - 4 February 1946
- 03 LCDR. Morse, Milton B. USNR 4 February 1946 - 11 February 1946
- 04 CAPT. Thornall, Charles USNR 11 February 1946 - 17 April 1946