USS FREMONT APA-44

Ship's Photo Album



Be Patient!!!!

The pictures in this album take time to load but are well worth the wait.















































Picture Index

USS Fremont APA-44 1957, 1961, 1964, and 1968-69 Cruise Books

"Click on the cruise book cover to see what's inside"
Pictures from the 40's
Page 1
A picture of Captain Clarence V. Conlan the Fremont's wartime skipper and various officers of the Fremont. There is a group picture of the Fremont officers taken in 1944. Several family members of Captain Conlan have sent e-mails about their Great Uncle which have been included in the Fremont Photo album. A picture provided by John Mozolak of the Fremont sailing the East River.
Page 2
Frank "Rawhide" Bridgewater and shipmates. Also includes Frank's ribbons
and ribbon authorization and a group picture of the 1945 Gun Crew.
Page 3
USS Fremont crosses the equator - pictures made during the initiation ceremony.
Page 4
The US Army 3117th Signal Service Battalion aboard the USS Fremont photos provided by Henry Bugajski.
Page 5
Historic documents concerning the US ARMY 3117th Signal Service Battalion. Includes a copy of "Times Afloat" a wartime bulletin about activities aboard ship and the latest world and US news.
Page 6
Pictures of William Ritchie and friends. Included is a picture of the USS Briscoe APA-65 and other ships during a ONE-ABLE take from the deck of the USS Fremont. There are very interesting documents about the awards of William Ritchie and a briefing document for "Operation Forager" the capture of the Phillipines and its bases. Picture of John Paine YN2/c.
Page 7
Pictures of Ed Pattona and the ship's cooks taken in 1944. Menus from Thanksgiving and Christmas 1944. Several newspaper clippings from Paul Bonner the son of Francis X. Bonner Jr.
Page 8
Several pictures and items from Paul Bonner the son of Francis X. Bonner Jr. Pictures of Robert Schaub and shipmates.
Page 9
The first picture on this page was provided by Sheridan Clark. It was taken in Norfolk Virginia in 1943. A picture of PH2/c J. Donald Dull (Don) taken aboard Fremont. Group picture of S.B. Clark, H.G. Corty, Don Dull, Tom McClosky, Ted Feldman and F.D. Clark. Postmarked letters from the USS Fremont.
Page 10
Personal pictures of LT Philip Cronemiller. LT Cronemiller's personal pictures were sent by his son David. LT Cronemiller retired from the Navy in 1963 as a Captain. His last duty station was Chief of Surgery at the San Diego Navy Base. Capt. Cronemiller passed away in February 1996. Capt. Cronemiller was the ship's doctor during WWII.
Page 11
Pictures and documents of SSMB2c Daniel Gonzalez. Daniel's pictures were sent by his son Emilio. Daniel was the ship's barber during WWII. Three documents that were provided by Bernard Walsh
Page 12
Picture of USS Fremont from WWII. Pictures of Roy Holbrooks. Various pictures of the USS Fremont Boat Group and from Ft. Pierce Florida Boat Training School. Pictures of Amil Zuzik. Various pictures of the Doctor's and Mates serving aboard USS Fremont. Also pictures of crew on deck of Fremont and the signing of the Japanese surrender.
Page 13
The pictures and paintings displayed next were provided by LT (jg) Philllip J. Daniel's son Phillip J. Daniel Jr. Picture of YN2/C Joe Springer. Christmas matchbooks from the USS Fremont.
Page 14
Documents and Pictures of USS Fremont at Iwo Jima provided by Major Daniel Gregory USMCR. Picture of USS Fremont WWII Beach Party. Picture and names provided by Capt. Ken Tellier USN Retired. Capt. Tellier was the WWII Beachmaster. An article about Marty Sheridan war correspondent and EM1/c Howard Sotherden from the October 13, 1944 Boston Globe. Nagoya Japan Liberty Regulations and various pictures of Liberty in Nagoya Japan and on the Fremont. Pictures provided by MOMM3/C Robert Bronson. Pages from Cox Herman C. Bannister's service record. Pictures provided by Joseph Sadlow. Picture of the USS Fremont at Eniwetok WWII -- provided by Tony Honan Pvt USMC
Page 15
A war time story and photo provided by Philip D. Cronemiller Jr. the son of Capt. Philip D. Cronemiller Sr. who was the ship's doctor aboard the USS Fremont.

Pictures from the 50's
Page 1
Pictures of Tony Yebba as a SN while on liberty. A picture of Chief Yebba re-enlisting on the USS Constitution and a recent picture of Tony Yebba Webmaster, USS Fremont. Picture of Captain Savidge with ship's officers in the Ward Room. Picture of Robert Mitchum 1958 aboard the Fremont. The POD for 4 Dec 56 provided by Bernard Byers. The POD for 18 Mar 55 along with a few pictures of shipmates from Transphibron 4. Picture of Radiomen sipping a few beers submitted by RM2 Frank Grover. Snow on the Fremont! Yes, picture taken in November 1959 Norfolk VA. Also a picture of an LCM at Onslow Beach NC.
Page 2
Pictures of RMSN Robert Ray Weaver provided by his son Steve Weaver. Added a newspaper article about the collision between the USS Ruchamkin and a civilian tanker. Fremont boarded the dead and returned them to Norfolk. Article provided by Nick Di Enno. Pictures of ship's parties in Norfolk and several Italian drinking establishments during the early 50's. Pictures provided by Nick Di Enno. Postmarked letters from the USS Fremont.
Page 3
Picture of the results of the collision between Fremont and a Liberian ship. Provided by SM2 Kenneth Sapp. Picture of SM2 Kenneth Sapp in the snow aboard Fremont Norfolk 1955. Picture from the 1951 Med Cruise provided by Anthony Meridionale. Pictures provided by John Sheridan from 1st Division. Another picture of the collision with the freighter, the radio gang, and a boxing ring set up on the #3 hatch. All provided by Lee Boatwright. Pictures provided by Sgt. Francis "Knobby" Walsh of Marines and Sailors on tour.
Page 4
Pictures taken and provided by ET2 Dan All 1959-1960. Mediterranean Cruise 1959, Naval Academy Cruise 1959, and Caribbean Cruise 1960.
Page 5
Pictures taken and provided by ET2 Dan All 1959-1960. Mediterranean Cruise 1959, Naval Academy Cruise 1959, and Caribbean Cruise 1960.
Page 6
Pictures taken and provided by ET2 Dan All 1959-1960. Mediterranean Cruise 1959, Naval Academy Cruise 1959, and Caribbean Cruise 1960.
Page 7
Pictures taken and provided by ET2 Dan All 1959-1960. Mediterranean Cruise 1959, Naval Academy Cruise 1959, and Caribbean Cruise 1960.
Page 8
Pictures taken and provided by ETN2 Don Sager 1959-1960. Mediterranean Cruise 1959, Naval Academy Cruise 1959, Phibex January and February 1960, and Caribbean Cruise 1960.
Page 9
Pictures taken and provided by BMC Andy Knopf 1950-1953.
Page 10
Pictures provided by Vince Keranen. Picture of Fremont entering Havana Harbor, several of the damage from collision of 1955, and a few of loading 8th Marines at Morehead City as well as a few from Vieques in 54 or 55. Letters Home and the USS Fremont July 4, 1952 menu provided by Robert Daly.
Page 11
Pictures of A Division provided by Bill Peters. Pictures from 2nd Division provided by Eric Valencia the son of BM3 Joseph Valencia.
Pictures from the 60's
Page 1
Pictures provided by Jim Speshock. Jim was a Machinist Mate, so many of the sailors are of the same rating. There are various pictures of the Fremont during the early part of the 60's. There is a great picture of the Fremont entering Malta during the 1964 Med Cruise.
Page 2
Various pictures of the early 60's provided by George Murr. George was a Gunners Mate so many of the pictures are of the gun mounts aboard ship and various personnel of the same rating.
Page 3
Various pictures of the early 60's provided by George Murr
Page 4
Pictures of "Change of Command" ceremony Capt. Young assumes command from Capt. Gerken aboard USS Fremont on 8 April 1961. Picture of part of 3rd Division ship's party Portsmouth Virginia, 1962. Picture of Rick Spargo during Med Cruise 1965.
Page 5
Pictures of from the 1961 and 1962 Med Cruise provided by Steve Reed. Ship's party in Barcelona Spain, 1964 provided by Gerald Ford. A picture of Radiomen at the EM Club NOB Norva provided by Bob Earls. Two articles which deal with the Fremont receiving her nineth and tenth amphibious assault awards. These articles were provided by SK3 Tony Astuccio and appeared in "The Gator" newsletter over 33 years ago.
Page 6
Pictures provided by Traci (Fontenot) Kowalewski of her deceased father IC3 Terry Fontenot.
Page 7
Picture taken of E-division in Athens Greece and Gitmo early 60's, Bob and Lee Krenzke, Ship in drydock, mail call, E-division working in remodeled sleeping campartment, liberty in the Carribean, and in the IC room. 1960 Thanksgiving and Christmas menus. Pictures and menus provided by Lee Krenzke. Postmarked letters from the USS Fremont.
Page 8
Pictures and documents provided by ETCM Glenn Carraway. Documents include: Welcome aboard brochure, Change of command program when Capt. Herlong was relieved by Capt. Turk, letter from Capt. Turk to the families of the Fremont crew, and various newspaper articles about deployment and the decommissioning of the ship.
Page 9
Pictures of Fleet Landing Naples Italy December 1968, OE Division advancement ceremony, and Fremont at One Alpha. Pictures provided by ETCM Glenn Carraway.
Page 10
Fremont at One Alpha, high lining, and refueling. Pictures provided by ETCM Glenn Carraway.
Page 11
Picture of BM3 Gerald Mortarotti 1st Div and Lombardo 3rd Div. Picture of Walworth County and Fremont highlining Med 1968. Three pictures provided by Larry Risio. Newspaper article provided by Cecil Bronnenberg about Fremont's roll in the 1968 Republican National Convention in Miami Beach. The following items were provided by EM2 Ron Graves. Visit by ComSixthFlt and Fremont pulls into Malta. Change of Command Ceremony Program Capt. Burke relieved by Capt. Schmidt. The USS Fremont Christmas Menu.
Page 12
Main gate NOB Norfolk in the 50's and 60's. Two letters sent by the CO to the USS Fremont Family during cruises in 1964. Provided by EM2 Ron Graves.
Page 13
Various pictures provided by EM2 Ron Graves. These were taken during the 1964 Med Cruise and Carribean Cruise.
Page 14
Various pictures provided by SN Danny Quantz. These were taken during the 1967 - 1968 Med Cruise. Five pictures provided by SN Roland Mason.
Page 15
Various pictures provided by EM2 Bill Kirk.
Page 16
Various pictures provided by EM2 Bill Kirk.
Page 17
Various pictures provided by EM2 Bill Kirk.
Page 18
Various pictures provided by EM2 Bill Kirk.
Page 19
Various pictures and documents provided by SN Steve Hecker. These were taken from the 68-69 Freddy cruise. Her last one. Steve was the ship's photographer at that time. Article about Fremont while in Miami July 1968 as a floating hotel for the Secret Service during the Republican Convention. POD for 9 March 69. The poem THE HAZE GREY ELEPHANT is also on this page. It was written by Steve Hecker with the help of an unknown shipmate during a mid watch on the bridge.
Page 20
Pictures provided by RM2 Frank Grover and pictures provided by RM3 Andrew Hamko. Various pictures provided by RM2 Les Giesler. RM2 Giesler pictures include pictures taken in Radio 1 and other ship's locations.
Page 21
Various pictures provided by RM2 Les Giesler.
Page 22
Various pictures provided by Pfc Victor Vilionis USMC. Pictures from the 1964 Carribean Cruise. A receipt for (6) 45 pistols after the USS Fremont was decommissioned. Provided by GMG2 Kenny Kopras. Pictures taken 1966-1968 provided by BMC Jimmie Brown. Pictures provided by Sydney Williams.
Page 23
Pictures provided by CDR Frank M. Klicar USNR Ret. of the USS Fremont's 1965 Med deployment. The shots include embarking the Marine battalion at Moorehead City, NC, handling a Mike boat, small arms practice on the fantail, a highline transfer, a view from the bridge and the Task Force astern of our ship. Pictures provided by Clarence "Kurt" Kurtzweil EM2 of the 1968 Med Cruise. Picture of YN3 Larry G. Johnson provided by his daughter Kimberly. Added pictures provided by Michael Dawson.



USS Fremont Home Page | USS Fremont Specs | Ship's History | Ship's Bell | The War Diaries | Commanding Officers | Ship's Roster the 40's | Ship's Roster the 50's | Ship's Roster the 60's | Ship's Photo Album | Ship's Reunion | Deceased Shipmates |