USS Fremont APA-44

World War II Battle Stars
Saipan Palau Leyte Luzon Iwo Jima

Navy Battle E
Navy Expeditionary
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign (Five Stars)
World War II Victory Medal
WWII Navy Occupation Service
National Defense
Armed Forces Expeditionary

The Amphibious Badge was worn by gator sailors during WWII.

Fremont earned the coveted Amphibious Assault Award for 13 consecutive years.
She is the only ship in the Navy to have accomplished this.

Want to know more? Click on the award above and read the November 1966 issue of "All Hands".

These web pages have been designed for the enjoyment of all who served on board USS Fremont APA-44. I dedicate this site to the memory of the USS Fremont sailors and embarked troops who gave their lives in the service of their country. Sadly, SA H.W. Nesbit, USN and LCPL R.F. Cook, USMC were lost at sea during a naval exercise in January, 1960. The "Plan Of the Day" button below will display the POD for 28 January 1960. Read about a not so typical day aboard the USS Fremont over 40 years ago.


Sadly, Robert "Bos'n Bob" Allen one of the USS Fremont Reunion's greatest supporters and a co-founder of the reunion passed away 11 March 2016. Personally, as the creator of this web site, I would like to make this personal observation. I started this site with only a postcard picture of the the USS Fremont and a lot of great memories of my time aboard her. The site was one small page when Bos'n Bob called me and thanked me for starting the Fremont site. He sent me a USS Fremont ballcap and pages and pages of historical information outlining the yearly history of the ship. This information was the basis for the history section. He asked me to add information about the reunion and the upcoming date which I was happy to do. I strarted attending the reunions and watched this web site grow to what it is today. Bob provided me with a great deal of encouragement and ideas for the site over the years. We will miss him. Tony Yebba

"Rest your oars Bos'n your shipmates have the watch"

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*** USS Fremont Bulletin Board ***

Attention Shipmates!

My name is Dave Sheley SM3, I served on the Fremont from Sept 1966 till Aug 1968. I would like to know if anyone remembers the Medical Officers name that was on the Fremont that left for the Med Cruise in January 1968? I can be reached at or (865) 256-9070

Message from Larry Risio --- For those who want their names engraved on the Niagara Falls N.Y. Veterans Memorial Wall of Honor, I need a copy of your DD-214 and a check made out to the USS Fremont Reunion. The wall is engraved for Memorial Day and again for Labor Day. I will have those names put together at such time. If possible I will get those that I receive in for Memorial day 2020. For those who want your names engraved on the wall please mail your information to me by no later than the first of February 2020. Larry Risio; 1287 94th Street; Niagara Falls, NY 14301-2610. Please print the application below by clicking on either the MS Word or PDF formats.

Application for Memorial Wall using PDF

Application for Memorial Wall using MS Word

My dad Richard Mullen was on the Fremont in 63 & 64 in M division. He passed in 1993 and he never really spoke about her service. I would love to hear stories about him.
Jen Osojnicki

My Dad served aboard that USS Fremont in the 40's. Gunners mate 3rd class. His name was Erby Powell, Jr. Can anyone help me get pictures or info about him. He passed away in 2011 and I would like to have some of his info to pass down to my children.
Terri McDaniel

My grandfather was John Tollefson. He served aboard the USS Fremont in World War II. He passed in April 2016, and my family and I would love to talk with anyone who served with him. Thank you
Patrick Ryan

My father served on the Fremont in World War II. His name was Alexander Evanko, but probably went by Al. He was a shipfitter third class. He had previously served on an LST and took part in the Normandy Invasion, so he couldn’t have joined the Fremont until it returned to Pearl Harbor in August 1944, at the earliest. I believe he was on the ship until he was discharged in March 1946. Unfortunately, my dad passed away in 1980. I’d be interested in finding out anything I can from his old shipmates. You can contact his son George Evanko at

Does anyone have a picture of Fremont when she was in drydock at Mare Island Shipyard in Aug 1946. If so, I would like to hear from you. Please write or call.
Frank J Zwolinski, Jr.
416 Denton Way
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 546-6903
Cell (707) 328-0628

My name is Leah Evans and my father served on the Fremont from 58 to 61. He would like to find a fellow shipmate named Richard Gillis. My father is Larry Fulton he was a assault boat coxswain. Thank you for your time. Leah Fulton Evans. My email is:

Hello, If anyone remembers my Dad, Frank John Zwolinski, Sr., on the ship Aug 1946 – Feb 1949, I would love to hear from you.
Frank J Zwolinski, Jr
416 Denton Way
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 546-6903
Cell (707) 328-0628

Would to correspond with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines who where on the cruise to the Med. when the Fremont helped make the filming of the movie, “The Longest Day” My email is, . I was in the USMC, 3rd Bat., 6th Marines, H&S co 81 mortars Plt.

Anyone that knew Donnie Sutton 1959-1963, contact his daughter Sherri Sutton at

I am looking for any shipmates that served on board the Freddy in "A" GANG from 1967 to 1969. I recently attended my first Fremont reunion and would like to make contact with my "A" Gang shipmates or any others who see this request. We would like to see all at the next reunion.
Your shipmate
Dennis Snyder

My name is Gitmo and would like to say hello to Anthony Kirchner. My email address is

Bob Flanagan is looking for Doug White DC3, Frank Patton HM3 and a Marine Sgt. Jerry Brewer who sailed with us on the 1966 Med Cruise. Email Bob at

I am in need of help from shipmate that remembers me. My name is Stephen Kinder and I served aboard the Fremont from 12/65 to 2/68. My combat station was the aft 40 MM gun mount. I have a hearing loss and my veteran administration's officer in Franklin NC has asked for my records. They were not found. I need a written statement from anyone who remembers that my combat station was the 40 MM gun mount. Please email me at or write me at Stephen Kinder; 126 Wendover Drive; Franklin NC 28734. I need hearing aids and am trying to get them through the VA. Thanks to any shipmate who can help me.

Earl Pinegar is looking for a shipmate by the name of David Huffmine. both served from 1948 - 1952. Earl can be reached ad 124 Doll Harrell Rd., Hertford, NC 27944.

Sgt Carl Dachs U.S. Army a member of the 3170th Sig. Svc. Bn. is looking for anyone who was a member of his unit and on the Fremont in the 40's. He can be reached at or 14052 Dusty Trail Blvd. Sun City West AZ 85375-2097


Looking for confirmation of the collision on September 12, 1954 of the SS Yassa with the USS Fremont. Send any information to Kurt Hofschneider at or call 732-381-4143

I am looking for a man who served on the USS Fremont in June 1950. I have an invitation to a Ships Party at the Showboat on June 23, 1950 in Boston Massacusetts. The invitation was signed by a Navy man whose nick name was Buddie. Does anybody know this man? Please reply to Barbara Mard at my email address:

SM2 Danny Overton is looking for SM3 Roger Carter. Danny can be reached at his email address: dannieo@windstream,net

I am Earl Tracey's sister-in-law and this is my email address Please contact us if you were on the ship with him and would like to get in touch with him. He was a radioman and is now 84 and lives in the Villages , Florida. Connie Kelley for Earl Tracey

Does anybody remember the name of the Fremont's Dental Officer between 1954-55, I would very much like to get in touch with him.
Bill Ritger GM 1954 - Oct 1955
PO BOX 358
Montmorenci SC 29839

Is any one from ships company familiar with the air support control unit which had temporary duty aboard the Fremont during the battle of Layte gulf and Lingayen Gulf. Joe Freire RM2/c… me at (pepe

My name is Thomas Martin. I was a BT onboard the USS Fremont 1963-66. I am trying to get in touch with Richard Mcbride via email. Looking for a good email address. you can email me at

I'm looking for "Fuzzy" RM3, 1958-60. I recall that his full name was James P. Farazoko. Last name may be spelled wrong. Please check in with the webmaster for the benefit of all the radio shack gang if you know anything about him. Cliff Britton.

If you have any item you would like to appear on the bulletin board, please e-mail me or notify me by mail at the following address:

Anthony R. Yebba
785 Briarwood Ct.
Orange City, FL 32763

"Click here to E-mail your information"

*** What's New ***

Our 2020 reunion was been cancelled due to the Covid19 Pandemic. Our 40th reunion will still be located in Sevierville,TN (Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge). The dates are from August 25 to August 29 2021. Dave Lape and Clayton Staton will be hosting our 40th reunion. Click on the link below the countdown clock to go to the reunion section for the latest 2021 reunion news.

'til the 2021 USS Fremont Reunion

The 2020, 40th USS Fremont reunion was cancelled due to the Covid19 Pandemic. Our 40th has been rescheduled for Sevierville Tennessee. The dates are August 25 - August 29, 2021!!!     See you in Sevierville TN (Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge) !!!!!

26 December 19 - Added the 2019 Sevierville Reunion to the USS Fremont Reunion Photo and Scrap Book. Added Dr. Paul Batartini and SN Richard Snow to the 60's Roster.

11 August 19 - Added RM2/C Willliam Robinson to the 40's Roster.

31 March 19 - Added the 1952 Thanksgiving Dinner Menu provided by Dan All to page 2 of the 50's section of the Ship's Photo and Scrap Book.

10 March 19 - Added the 2018 Nashville Reunion to the USS Fremont Reunion Photo and Scrap Book. Added EN3 Bill Huxley to the 50's roster and a picture of the 5" gun firing on page 1 of the 50's section of the Ship's Photo and Scrap Book.

21 January 19 - Added RM3 Anthony Riolo to the 40's Roster. Added Ensign Michael Rakouskas to the 60's Roster.

9 April 18 - Added information about the 2018 Nashville Reunion to the site. Added BM3 retired as BM1 Kenneth D. Powell to the 60's Roster. Added a picture and the story of the WWII USS Fremont cat Pooli to page 216 40's section of the Ship's Photo and Scrap Book. Added LTJG Raymond Coveney to the 60's roster.

14 December 17 - Added the 2017 Niagara Falls Reunion to the USS Fremont Reunion Photo and Scrap Book.

7 December 17 - Added the 2014 Savannah Georgia reunion to the USS Fremont Reunion Photo and Scrap Book. Working on the 2017 Niagara Falls Reunion.

30 November 17 - Added the 2015 Baton Rouge Louisiana and the 2016 Charleston SC reunions to the USS Fremont Reunion Photo and Scrap Book. Working on the 2014 Savannah and 2017 Niagara Falls Reunions.

26 September 17 - Added GM3/c Erby Powell to the 40's roster and several pictures to page 16 of the 40's section of the Ship's Photo and Scrap Book.

15 July 17 - Added PC3 Dan Schmelter to the 60's Roster.

23 March 17 - Added COX Ernest E. Jones to the 40's Roster. Added additional pictures from PhoM2/c Robert Schaub on page 8 of the Ship's Photo and Scrap Book. Pictures provided by his son John Schaub.

1 February 17 - The date for the 2017 reunion in Niagara Falls is September 20-24, 2017. Hope to see you at the Falls.

5 September 16 -- Added pictures provided by ET2 Dan All to the photo and scrapbook 60's section page 2 of an attempted highline transfer to the USS Chivo a submarine that had a medical emergency on board.

21 August 16 -- Added UT1 Fred Rose to the 60's Roster.

21 June 16 -- Added SF3/C Alexander "Al" Evanko to the 40's Roster.

16 April 16 -- Added SM3/C Lester "Goody" Goodman to the 40's Roster.

9 March 16 -- Added RD2 Ken Clark and SKC Bob Schaar to the 60's Roster.

27 February 16 -- Added 36th Reunion information for Charleston SC September 7-11 2016.

13 November 14 -- Added Walter Engel to the 60's Roster.

"USS Fremont Call Sign"

A special welcome for the USS Fremont radiomen.
(Click on the sparks for the message.)

A special welcome for the USS Fremont signalmen.

If you ever want to re-live your experiences aboard an APA watch "Away All Boats!" starring Jeff Chandler, Richard Boone, George Nader, Julie Adams and Lex Barker. If you watch real close you may see Clint Eastwood. Clint had a one line bit part in the movie. This movie is based on the novel "Away all Boats" by Kenneth Dodson. The story was conceived during Mr. Dodson's wartime service aboard the Navy attack transport USS Pierce APA-50.

The movie's fictitious ship the USS Belinda APA-22 was played by the USS Randall APA-224. The USS Fremont played a minor roll in the making of this movie. The following are recollections of SM2 Kenneth Sapp and GM3 Joe Montgomery: SM2 Kenneth Sapp -- "I was on the Fremont when they made the movie "Away all Boats". I think the ship they used to film on was the USS Olmstead or one of her class. If you see the movie the Fremont can be seen in the background of several scenes. It was filmed off the island of Vieques". GM3 Joe Montgomery -- "We were operating with our "Sister Ship" at the time, the USS Randle APA-224. I was able to get a glimpse of the sail boat that was used in the movie. Also, I was one ot the coxswains that hit the beach with the Marines".

This movie serves as an excellent depiction of what it was like to serve aboard an attack transport. If you were a crew member aboard the USS Fremont you will not be disappointed with this movie for there are many scenes that will cause you to remember life aboard ship.

In the movie there was a Tennessee sailor who was in charge of the garbage grinder. With the exception of being a scrounge, I can relate to the character's job as I was placed in charge of the garbage grinder during my 90 days of mess duty. When in port and unable to use the grinder, empty boxes would be stacked in the grinder space. Myself and several marines who had also been assigned mess duty would hide behind the boxes and play poker.

The movie like most movies does not do the book justice, therefore it is my recommendation that you read Kenneth Dodson's book. Believe me, it is far better than the movie. I have read the book three times over the past 40 years. A year prior to his passing, Mr. Dodson informed me that the USS Pierce (Mr. Dodson's ship) and the USS Fremont sailed many a sea mile together during WWII. "Away all Boats" was re-published by the U.S. Naval Institute, Annapolis, Maryland as part of their "Classics of Naval Literature" series. In the re-published book's introduction, Capt. Robert Shenk USNR (Retired) states, "The Navy .... bought one thousand copies of the novel for officer training--perhaps the only time fiction has ever been used for such a purpose. Clearly, Dodson was successful at conveying the essence of the naval side of amphibious work to laymen and professionals alike." USS Fremont WWII veterans will find the parallels between the books fictitious USS Belinda's adventures and their own experiences very similar. A great addition to a book collector's library.

Kenneth Dodson passed away May 24, 1999 at his home in Stanwood, Washington after a long fight with Parkinsons. He was 91. Dodson was lucid and communicative right to the end. Like any good seaman, he had everything planned and all the details worked out. He even wrote his own obituary. Dodson was buried in the Fern Hill Cemetery, Anacortes, Washington with full military honors. He had just finished a book about his relationship with author Carl Sandburg and this book is soon to be published. Kenneth Dodson's passing was reported to me by his friend Jim Allen.

APA sailors have lost a good friend in Kenneth Dodson. Mr. Dodson in his book "Away all Boats" immortalized for all time our service aboard an APA. He will be missed by all of us who have heard the call "Away all Boats, All Boats Away".

Tony Yebba

In Memory of Our Deceased Shipmates

Ship's Specifications

Ship's History

Ship's Bell

War Diaries, Recollections,
Captain Bonnot's Story of the Battle for Saipan
Captain Conlan's WWII Action Reports

Commanding Officers

Ship's Photo Album & Scrap Book
The Cruise Books for 1957, 1961, 1964, and 1968-1969

USS Fremont Decommissioning Program

The USS Fremont was decommissioned 3 September 1969. A copy of the decommissioning program was provided by ENC Dennis Snyder. Click below to see the Decommissioning Program.


The USS Fremont was decommissioned in 1969. Probably forgotten by the U.S. Navy -- WRONG. Ship's name is still used in BUPERSINST 1430.16E. Click below to see the instruction.

I am searching for those who served (crew members and embarked troops) aboard USS Fremont APA-44. E-mail your name, final rank/rate while on board, branch of service, the month and year reported/departed, if a plank owner, and duties if USN. Optionally, you may want to provide a good sea story, where you live and what you are doing today. I will add this information to the ship's muster making it a permanent part of this site. If you have any facts, or pre-scanned pictures that you think would enhance this web site, please include them with your e-mail. If you have Fremont pictures or other scannable mementos, mail them to the following address:

Anthony R. Yebba
785 Briarwood Ct.
Orange City, FL 32763

Include your address so that I can return them to you.

"Click here to E-mail your information"

Ship's Muster

Below is a muster list directory of the crew members who have submitted entries to date. The Ship's Muster is listed by the decade in which they reported for duty aboard the USS Fremont. If you see a shipmate that you know and wish to contact, you may send e-mail by clicking on the last name in the actual roster (the full name in the quick list will only take you to the main roster entry).

Ship's Reunion and Association

Ahoy, Shipmates & Ladies,

The 40th USS Fremont reunion for 2020 was cancelled due to the Covid19 Pandemic. The 40th reunion for 2021 will still be held in Sevierville,TN (Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge). The dates of the reunion are August 25 to August 29, 2021 with 8/23 early bird arrival date. Our hosts are David Lape and Clayton Staton.

The following is a typical reunion format:

Wednesday 8/25: Early bird registration, meet and greet, munchies provided, free time in hospitality room. Dinner - Pizza in the hospitality room.

Thursday 8/26: Hospitality room open, registration, and free time. Buddy's BBQ in the Hospitality room

Friday 8/27: Tour day 5-5:30pm departure from hotel by bus 6:00pm for Pirate Show

Saturday 8/28: On Your Own Day and Banquet. USS Fremont All Hands Business meeting in the hospitality room. Banquet and Entertainment provided by Frieda Temples in the evening.

Sunday 8/29: Checkout with good bye and farewells. See you next year at the 41st USS Fremont reunion

If you wish to attend the fees are $150 per person. If you receive a registration form or if you do not have a form provide names of attendees and send to David Lape, 82 Deerfield, Chaffee, MO 63740.

See y'all in August 2022, Dave Lape and Clayton Staton

"Come on down or up to SeviervilleTennessee and The Great Smoky Mountains!!!!!"

USS Fremont Reunion Photo and Scrap Book

If you have pre-scanned pictures that you would like displayed for any reunion, please attach them to an e-mail message. If you have non-scanned reunion pictures, mail them to the following address:

Anthony R. Yebba
785 Briarwood Ct.
Orange City, FL 32763

Include your address and I will return them to you.
"Click here to E-mail your pictures"

Ship's Store

Looking for a great gift idea for your father or husband? -- Check out our USS Fremont items!!

The USS Fremont Reunion Association has ball caps, ship's patches, rate pins, shirts, and jackets.

USS Fremont Ship's Patch (Price $5.00) -- Press the button to the left for a larger picture.

USS Fremont Insignia Patch (Price $5.00) -- Press the button to the left for a larger picture.

Polo style shirt nicely done (Price $22.00) -- Press the button to the left for a larger picture.

T shirt (Price $12.00) -- Press the button to the left for a larger picture.

Light Jacket with USS Fremont logo (Price $30.00 S to XL)($33 - XL2) -- Press the button to the left for a larger picture.

Wind Shirt (has pockets on the sides) with USS Fremont logo (Price [M to L $35.00] [XL to XL2 $38.00]) -- Press the button to the left for a larger picture.

Regulation style Navy Command ball cap (Price $12.00) -- Press the button to the left for a larger picture.

E-mail Larry Risio at "" or write him at this address: Larry Risio; 1287 94th St.; Niagara Falls, NY 14304-2610 to place an order for any of our Ship's Store items.

U. S. Navy Memorial

I strongly support the U. S. Navy Memorial Foundation and encourage all of my USS Fremont shipmates to enroll and be a part of our country's naval history. Click on the "Lone Sailor" below for further information.

This page was developed


DPC Anthony R. Yebba USN (Retired)

Some of my fondest memories are of the time I served aboard the USS Fremont APA-44. When I first started searching the Web, I was surprised to find that information about the USS Fremont was not available on the Internet. I decided to solve that by creating a web site dedicated to this ship and her crew. It is my hope that this web site will feel like home to all those seeking the USS Fremont on the Internet. If you have time click on the chief's anchor below and visit Chief Yebba's Navy Web Site.

Thanks for visiting.

Tony ~o|--}

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Last Updated: May 24, 2020
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