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USS BAYFIELD (APA-33 ) - a Bayfield-class attack transport

In Commission 1943 to 1969

APA-33 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
NOV 1942 - Keel Date: 14 NOV 1942
at Western Pipe & Steel
FEB 1943 - Launch Date: 15 FEB 1943
NOV 1943 - Commissioned: 20 NOV 1943
JUL 1947 - MAR 1948 China Service
SEP 1950 - SEP 1950 Inchon Landing
JAN 1962 - JUL 1962 West Pac
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
JAN 1963 - OCT 1964 West Pac
AUG 1963 - AUG 1963 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1963 - APR 1964 West Pac
JAN 1965 - JAN 1966 viet nam 1965
MAR 1965 - Shellback Initiation - 18 MAR 1965 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1965 - DEC 1965 West Pac
AUG 1965 - DEC 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1966 - JUL 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC 1966 - JUL 1967 viet nam 1967
DEC 1966 - JUL 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1967 - JAN 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1968 - Decommissioned: 28 JUN 1968

APA-33 General Specifications

Class: Bayfield-class attack transport

Complement: 51 Officers and 524 Enlisted

Displacement: 8100 tons

Length: 492 feet

Beam: 69 feet 6 inches

Draft: 26 feet 6 in

Final Disposition: Scrapped September 1969


Bayfield (AP-78) was reclassified APA-33 1 February 1943; launched 2 August 1942 by Western Pipe and Steel Co. San Francisco Calif. for the Maritime Commission as Sea Bass; sponsored by Mrs. Clarence A. Reiter; transferred to the Navy 30 June 1943; and placed in reduced commission the same day. Bayfield departed San Francisco 7 July 1943 and arrived at New York 29 July for conversion was recommissioned 30 November 1943 Captain L. Spencer USCG in command; and assigned to the Atlantic Fleet.

After a period of training exercises as a unit of the Amphibious Training Force Atlantic Fleet Bayfield departed for England. Between 6 March and 5 June 1944 she engaged in amphibious maneuvers off England and Scotland and on 5 June departed for the invasion of France as flagship of Rear Admiral D. P. Moon CTF 125 (Utah Force). On 6 June she debarked her troops on the coast of Normandy and then lay at anchor off the coast embarking casualties until the 25th when she returned to England. During July and early August she operated in the Mediterranean before taking part in the assault on southern France (13 August-9 September) as flagship for Rear Admiral S. S. Lewis CTF 87 (Camel Force). She arrived at Norfolk 26 September and following minor repairs moved to the Pacific in November. Between December 1944 and January 1945 she participated in amphibious training exercises around the Hawaiian Islands.

On 27 January she departed Pearl Harbor and during 19-28 February took part in the assault on Iwo Jima. She got underway 27 March and operated off Okinawa (1-10 April) and then returned to Saipan. She carried cargo throughout the Pacific islands until arriving at San Francisco 30 July 1945.

Between August 1945 and March 1946 Bayfield made one voyage to Japan and two voyages to Korea with troops and cargo. She participated in the atomic tests at Bikini between April and August 1946. From 1947 until 1949 she made two voyages (7 July 1947-12 March 1948 and 1 November 1948-30 March 1949) to China and then reported to the Atlantic Fleet at Norfolk 20 May 1949. Five days later she departed for San Diego and remained in the Pacific until 26 November 1949 when she returned to the Atlantic.

Bayfield operated along the eastern seaboard and in the Caribbean until 15 August 1950 when she commenced her first tour in the war-torn Korean area. She arrived at Kobe Japan from San Diego 16 September and departed the next day for Inchon Korea. She spent the next seven months supporting the forces engaged in the Korean action. She took part in the landings at Inchon (15 September) Wonsan (26 October) and the Hungnam Evacuation (11-24 December). She returned to San Diego 26 May 1951. In September 1951 she completed a round trip to Yokosuka Japan. Returning to the Far East 29 March 1952 she again furnished logistic support off Korea until 1 December when she departed for Long Beach Calif. arriving on the 16th.

Since that time Bayfield has completed three Far Eastern cruises and has served continuously with the Pacific Fleet.

[Note: The above USS BAYFIELD (APA-33) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS BAYFIELD (APA-33) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]