USS Hunter Marshall (APD-112)

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Career
Name: USS Hunter Marshall
Namesake: Ensign Hunter Marshall III (1917-1942), a U.S. Navy officer and Silver Star recipient
Builder: Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, Massachusetts
Launched: 5 May 1945
Sponsored by: Mrs. Hunter Marshall
Commissioned: 17 July 1945
Decommissioned: 30 May 1946
Reclassified: From destroyer escort (DE-602) to high-speed transport (APD-112) while under construction
Struck: 1 June 1960
Fate: Sold to Ecuador July 1961 for use as floating power plant
Notes: Laid down as Rudderow-class destroyer escort USS Hunter Marshall (DE-602)
General characteristics
Class & type: Crosley-class high speed transport
Displacement: 2,130 long tons (2,164 t) full
Length: 306 ft (93 m)
Beam: 37 ft (11 m)
Draft: 12 ft 7 in (3.84 m)
Speed: 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)
Troops: 162
Complement: 204
Armament: • 1 × 5 in (130 mm) gun
• 6 × 40 mm guns
• 6 × 20 mm guns
• 2 × depth charge tracks

USS Hunter Marshall (APD-112), ex-DE-602, was a United States Navy high-speed transport in commission from 1945 to 1946.

Construction and commissioning[edit]

Hunter Marshall was laid down as the Rudderow-class destroyer escort USS Hunter Marshall (DE-602) by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., at Hingham, Massachusetts. She was reclassified as a Crosley-class high-speed transport and redesignated APD-112 during construction, and was launched on 5 May 1945, sponsored by Mrs. Hunter Marshall, mother of the ship's namesake, Ensign Hunter Marshall III. Hunter Marshall was commissioned on 17 July 1945 with Commander A. A. Campbell and Lt. Commander Richard Lewis Yoken in command.

Service history[edit]

Hunter Marshall got underway from Boston, Massachusetts, on 3 August 1945 to conduct shakedown training in Caribbean waters. Before she could complete this training, the surrender of Japan on 15 August 1945 ended World War II.

Hunter Marshall arrived at Norfolk, Virginia, on 5 September 1945 and remained there until 10 October 1945, when she joined other fleet units at Boston for a triumphant Navy Day Presidential Review.

After calling at Norfolk, Hunter Marshall arrived at Green Cove Springs, Florida, on 25 November 1945 for inactivation.

Decommissioning and disposal[edit]

Hunter Marshall was decommissioned at Green Cove Springs on 30 May 1946 and berthed there with the Florida Group of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. She was stricken from the Navy List on 1 June 1960 and sold to the government of Ecuador in July 1961 for use as a floating power plant.

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