USS Frybarger (DE-705)
|Namesake:||Raymond Frybarger, Jr.|
|Builder:||Defoe Shipbuilding Company, Bay City, Michigan|
|Launched:||24 January 1944|
|Commissioned:||18 May 1944|
|Decommissioned:||30 June 1947|
|Recommissioned:||6 October 1950|
|Decommissioned:||9 December 1954|
|Struck:||1 December 1972|
|Fate:||Sold for scrap, 27 November 1973|
|Class and type:||Buckley-class destroyer escort|
|Length:||306 ft (93 m)|
|Beam:||37 ft (11 m)|
|Speed:||23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)|
|Complement:||15 officers, 198 men|
USS Frybarger (DE/DEC-705) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort of the United States Navy, named for Private First Class Raymond Frybarger, Jr. (1923–1942), who was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously for his heroism during the Battle of Edson's Ridge on Guadalcanal.
Frybarger was launched on 25 January 1944 at the Defoe Shipbuilding Company, in Bay City, Michigan, sponsored by Miss Carol J. Frybarger, sister of PFC Frybarger. The ship was commissioned on 18 May 1944, with Lieutenant Commander G. C. Ewing, USNR, in command.
World War II, 1944–1945
After two convoy escort voyages to Bizerte made between 25 July and 18 November 1944, Frybarger received new equipment and trained for Pacific duty. She arrived at Manus on 23 January 1945, and began escort duty to and in the Philippines until 30 August. Ports of call for her during this assignment included the Carolines; Lingayen Gulf, Manila, and Zamboanga in the Philippines; Hollandia; and on one voyage, Okinawa.
Post-war activities, 1945–1946
Frybarger arrived at Buckner Bay, Okinawa, on 3 September 1945 for duty escorting transports carrying troops to occupation duty in Korea and China until sailing for home on 8 November. She arrived at Boston, Massachusetts, on 15 December, and at Green Cove Springs, Florida, on 20 January 1946. There she was decommissioned and placed in reserve on 30 June 1947.
Control escort vessel, 1950–1954
Equipped with additional communication gear during her reactivation, Frybarger was reclassified DEC-705 on 13 September 1950 and recommissioned 6 October 1950 as a control escort vessel. After training in the Caribbean, she arrived at her home port, San Diego, on 11 March 1951 which included service as vessel for landing ships and craft in amphibious exercises, and training for students of the Fleet Sonar School, San Diego.
Between 6 March and 2 October 1952, Frybarger made a tour of duty with the 7th Fleet in the Far East, serving on barrier patrol off Okinawa, in amphibious exercises off Japan, training with submarines, and visiting Japanese ports. A second Far Eastern deployment between 1 September 1953 and 5 June 1954 found Frybarger concentrating on amphibious exercises with marines on the beaches of Okinawa; Inchon, Korea; Chigasaki, Japan; and in the Bonins.
Decommissioning and sale
Frybarger was decommissioned for a second time at San Diego on 9 December 1954, and placed in reserve. She was reclassified back to DE-705 on 27 December 1957. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 December 1972, sold on 27 November 1973, and broken up for scrap.