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USS Bayfield (APA-33)
  

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USS Bayfield (APA-33)


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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Uniform - Quebec
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
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Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2)
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (5) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Taiwan Straits, 5-Quemoy-Matsu, 1 Cuba, 1-Vietnam)
Fourth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (2) - Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (3)
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

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USS Bayfield (AP-33) was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Bayfield Class Transport:
Complement
51 Officers
524 Enlisted
Flag Accommodation
43 Officers
108 Enlisted
Troop Accommodation
80 Officers
1,146 Enlisted
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 4,700 DWT
non-refrigerated 200,000 Cu. ft.
Boats
12 LCVP
4 LCM (Mk-6)
3 LCP(L) (MK-IV)
Armament
two single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts, one fore and one aft
two quad 1.1" gun mounts, aft port and starboard, replaced by two single 40mm AA gun mounts
two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacities
NSFO 8,510 Bbls
Diesel 750 Bbls
Propulsion
one General Electric geared turbine
two Combustion Engineering D-type boilers, 465psi 765
double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive 250Kw 240V D.C.
single propeller, 8,500shp

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USN_Units 82k Namesake Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield was truly a remarkable man. For almost forty years, Admiral Bayfield worked as a Royal Navy Surveyor in Canada. In the 1800s, Canadian charts were still developed under the direction of the British Admiralty. Bayfield's contribution to Canadian hydrography included approximately 114 charts out of the 215 Admiralty Charts which were issued of Canadian waters. The total attributed to Bayfield is some 53% of the charts produced until 1867! He started working on hydrographic surveys at the age of 11. He first saw Canada in 1810 at the age of 15. He began his hydrographic surveying career in 1816. By 1822, at the age of 27, Bayfield had completed the first hydrographic survey of Lake Huron. The next year he continued his work on Lake Superior, which at that time was unknown to everyone except the native Indians. Admiral Bayfield is also known as the hydrographer who started charting the St. Lawrence River in 1827 and continued for many years. In his opinion, "there were no other parts of the world in which more boat accidents occurred." By it's name the city of Bayfield honors Admiral Henry Bayfield who prepared charts of Chequamegon Bay area from 1823-1825. Bayfield had it's start in 1856 when Henry Rice began the Bayfield Land Company. A county in northwestern Wisconsin. Established on 19 February 1845 as LaPointe County, it was renamed on 12 April 1866 to honor Admiral Henry W. Bayfield, an officer of the Royal Navy who came to Canada during the War of 1812 and, following the return of peace, remained in the New World to survey the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, and the coast of Labrador.
Photo courtesy of Bayfield, Wisconsin
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USN_Units 164k SS Sea Bass (USMC hull 275) bow view, 5 December 1942 on the building ways at Western Pipe and Steel Co., San Francisco, CA.
Western Pipe and Steel photo by Stroupe.
Tommy Trampp
USN_Units 129k Bow and stern view of SS Sea Bass, at the outfitting dock, Western Pipe and Steel Co., San Francisco, CA., 2 March 1943
Western Pipe and Steel photos by Stroupe.
Tommy Trampp
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USN_Units 85k USS Bayfield (APA-33) off New York Navy Yard, 21 November 1943. The additional command facilities that allowed the ships of this part of her class to serve as Relief AGCs (the two additional deckhouses aft of the stack) were fitted to all of them during their conversion to APAs.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No. 19-N-55818 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
Robert Hurst
USN_Units 60k Stern view of USS Bayfield (APA-33) off New York Navy Yard, 21 November 1943.
US Navy photo # NH 99241 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
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USN_Units 100k USS Bayfield (APA-33) flagship for the "Utah" Beach landings, lowers LCVPs for the assault, 6 June 1944. USS LST-346 is partially visible beyond Bayfield's stern, and USS Nevada (BB-36) is in the far right distance.

US National Archives photo # 80-G-252377 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
US Naval Historical Center and Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
USN_Units 77k USS Bayfield (APA-33) flagship for the "Utah" Beach landings, loading landing craft on "D-Day", 6 June 1944.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-252391 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
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USN_Units 58k USS Bayfield (APA-33) at anchor off the invasion beaches at Iwo Jima, circa February 1945. USS LSM-59, with bow doors open, is under way crossing the bow of Bayfield. At the time of the invasion of Iwo Jima Bayfield was painted camouflage Measure 32 Design 3D. John M. Cason for his father Ens. Charles E. Cason, USNR USS LSM-59, 1945.
USN_Units 114k USS Bayfield (APA-33) at anchor off the Iwo Jima beachhead while taking aboard wounded Marines, circa April 1945.
US Coast Guard photo # 215-10
Tommy Trampp
USN_Units 69k USS Bayfield (APA-33) at anchor on the Whangpoo River at Shanghai, China in 1947.
Photo by Don Swanson HMS Sussex.
Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
USN_Units 109k USS Bayfield (APA-33) moored pierside late 1940s - early 1950s, location unknown. Tommy Trampp
USN_Units 101k USS Bayfield (APA-33) at Charleston, S.C., 4 January 1950. Bayfield is proceeding to Pier D-5 at the Charleston Naval Shipyard to embark troops of the Third Division, from Fort Benning, GA., to participate in Operation "Protrex".
US Navy photo # NH 99242 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
Bill Gonyo and
Robert Hurst
USN_Units 84k USS Bayfield (APA-33) at anchor, location unknown, 6 February 1952.
US Navy photo # NH 99242 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
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USN_Units 57k USS Bayfield (APA-33) moored pierside at Otaru, Japan in 1952. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
USN_Units 166k USS Bayfield (APA-33) at anchor while offloading a jeep into a LCM in 1952. The original picture caption, released by the Public Information Office of Commander Naval Forces, Far East under date of 27 October 1952, reads: "Operation decoy's Preparation ---- A jeep is lowered into an awaiting LCM during pre-operation Decoy exercises. In the Operation UN forces sailed to the beaches of Kojo, North Korea, and brought out enemy troops so that the Naval surface artillery, combined with Marine, Air Force and Navy air units could smash them".
US Navy photo # NH 99244 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
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USN_Units 94k During Operation "Passage to Freedom" four crewmen display a welcoming banner for Vietnamese refugees coming on board USS Bayfield (APA-33) for passage to Saigon, Indochina, from Haiphong, 3 September 1954.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-709239, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
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USN_Units 132k Vietnamese refugees receive food on board USS Bayfield (APA-33) while en route to Saigon, Indochina, from Haiphong, September 1954.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-652318, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
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USN_Units 132k A USS Bayfield (APA-33) crewmen rations out water for Vietnamese refugees during their journey to Saigon, Indochina, from Haiphong, September 1954.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-709244, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
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USN_Units 590k Loading family automobiles aboard USS Bayfield (APA-33) during a change of homeport from Pearl Harbor to Long Beach in 1954.
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Rick Connole for his step-father RADM Roy S. Benson USN Ret. CO 1953-54 USS Bayfield
USN_Units 549k USS Bayfield (APA-33) officers wives gather in the wardroom for a group photo during passage to Long Beach from Pearl Harbor 1954.
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Rick Connole for his step-father RADM Roy S. Benson USN Ret. CO 1953-54 USS Bayfield
USN_Units 755k CAPT Roy S. Benson CO of USS Bayfield (APA-33) with his wife Vida and step-son Rick Connole in 1954.
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Rick Connole for his step-father RADM Roy S. Benson USN Ret. CO 1953-54 USS Bayfield
USN_Units 900k Newspaper photos of USS Bayfield (APA-33)'s families aboard for their homeport change from Pearl Harbor to Long Beach in 1954. The trip also included members of Marine Fight Squadron VMF-235 and their families.
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Rick Connole for his step-father RADM Roy S. Benson USN Ret. CO 1953-54 USS Bayfield
USN_Units 715k USS Bayfield (APA-33) under way off San Diego, CA. in 1954. Rick Connole for his step-father RADM Roy S. Benson USN Ret. CO 1953-54 USS Bayfield
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USN_Units 716k CAPT. P.D. Quick relieves CAPT Roy S. Benson of command of USS Bayfield (APA-33) 1954.
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Rick Connole for his step-father RADM Roy S. Benson USN Ret. CO 1953-54 USS Bayfield
USN_Units 30k USS Bayfield (APA-33) stands by, 26 March 1955, as her boats rescue survivors from a ditched Pan American Airlines plane. At left smoke drifts from a flare set off by one of the rafts. Nineteen of the twenty-three people aboard the Honolulu bound plane were saved.
US Coast Guard photos.
Tommy Trampp and
Ron Reeves
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USN_Units 29 USS Bayfield (APA-33) under way, date and location unknown. Ken Laesser
USN_Units 25k USS Bayfield (APA-33) looking from the Port Services building Naval Station Long Beach, CA., pier 9. She looks to be outboard of an AO by the stack location aft of the Bayfield. Ronald W. Lambe RM1, 1962-69 USS The Sullivan's 1962-63, USS Brownson 1966-67
USN_Units 95k USS Bayfield (APA-33) in the Miroflores Locks, Panama Canal, 5 December 1962.
US Navy photo # NH 99156 by Joyl O. Fox from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
Robert Hurst
USN_Units 69k USS Bayfield (APA-33), third ship in line, about 100 miles away from Hawaii, while en route to Oahu with other amphibious ships to participate in exercise "Dull Knife" in July 1963. In the foreground is USS Talladega (APA-208) and next is USS Renville (APA-227).
US Navy photo # NH 96820 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
Robert Hurst
USN_Units 549k USS Taluga (AO-62) refueling USS Bayfield (APA-33) in WestPac, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret)
USN_Units 57k USS Bayfield (APA-33) moored pierside at Pearl Harbor in 1968. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
USN_Units 180k USS Bayfield (APA-33) list of service Steve Dietrich, USS Roark and USS Virginia, Plank-owner
Commanding Officers
01 CAPT. Spencer, Lyndon (USCG) :VADM 20 November 1943 - 5 September 1944
02 CDR. Littlefield, Gordon A. (USCG) :RADM 5 September 1944 - 27 September 1944
03 CAPT. Richards, W. R., (USCG) 27 September 1944 - 8 March 1946
07 CAPT. Goulett, Wilfred Bradley July 1948 - July 1950
08 CAPT. Ferrall, William Edward :RADM July 1950 - 1951
09 CAPT. Lidstone, Nicholas Adair :RADM July 1952 - September 1953
10 CAPT. Benson, Roy Stanley :RADM September 1953 - July 1954
11 CAPT. Quirk, Philip Decatur July 1954 - ?
12 CAPT. Wheland, Karl Raymond 1956
13 CAPT. Nash, David 1956 - 1958
14 CAPT. Ferrara, Maurice 1958 - 1960
15 CAPT. McCrory, Woodrow Wilson :RADM 1960 - 10 July 1961
16 CAPT. Kaye, John Brayshaw 10 July 1961 - 8 September 1962
17 CAPT. Hitchcock, John Henderson 8 September 1962 - 25 November 1963
18 CAPT. Darby, Lowel Edwin 25 November 1963 - November 1964
19 CAPT. Iarrobino, John Henry, USN November 1964 - September 1965
20 CAPT. Nash, Norman Clarke September 1965 - 18 March 1967
21 CAPT. Even, Glen Mark, USN 18 March 1967 - 21 November 1967
22 LCDR. Reioux, Lewis Edward, USN 21 November 1967 - 5 June 1968
23 LT. Makowski, Walter Frank, USN 5 June 1968 - 28 June 1968