USS Frament (APD-77)
USS Frament (DE-677/APD-77) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort in the United States Navy. She was named for Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Paul S. Frament (1919–1942), who was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for heroism in the Guadalcanal campaign.
Frament was launched on 28 June 1943 by Bethlehem Steel Company's Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts; sponsored by Mrs. Edward A. Frament, mother of Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Frament; and commissioned on 15 August 1943, Lieutenant Commander S. T. McAdam, Jr., in command.
DE-677 — Atlantic
Frament began the demanding tasks of Atlantic convoy escort on 19 October 1943, when she sailed from New York to escort tankers to Curaçao and thence to Derry, Northern Ireland. Sailing out of New York, and occasionally Boston, she escorted six convoys to Northern Ireland, one to Cherbourg, France, and one to Gibraltar, in the period from 15 December 1943 to 3 December 1944.
At 02:23 hrs on 15 November 1944, at North Atlantic about 700 nmi (1,300 km) west of Gibraltar), Frament mistakenly rammed and sank the Italian submarine Luigi Settembrini which Frament was escorting to Bermuda, where the Italians were to provide aid in anti-submarine warfare training. Of the 42-strong crew of the Settembrini, only 14 survivors were rescued by Frament. USS Scott (DE-214) was detached from a convoy bound for the Mediterranean to help search for Italian survivors, and then escorted Frament back to Boston, arriving on 3 December.(in the
APD-77 — Pacific
After training on both coasts, Frament arrived at Pearl Harbor on 3 April 1945 for duty training with underwater demolition teams in the Hawaiian Islands. Convoy escort duty took her to Eniwetok, Ulithi, and Leyte in May, and on the 29th she arrived at Okinawa, where she joined the outer patrol screen guarding the great number of ships off the island.
Assigned to rescue duty in June, she proved herself on the 10th, when she and several smaller craft saved every man of William D. Porter (DD-579), when that destroyer was sunk by a suicide plane. Returning to the Philippines at the close of July, Frament trained for the planned invasion of the Japanese home islands, and at the close of the war, took up duty with minesweepers operating in the Yellow Sea. She served on occupation duty until 1 January 1946, when she sailed from Shanghai for the east coast. On 30 May 1946 Frament was placed out of commission in reserve at Green Cove Springs, Florida.
Stricken from the Navy Register on 1 June 1960, the former Frament was transferred to Ecuador in July 1961 for use as a power hulk.