"OLD 93"

USS Barnstable (APA-93) was a Bayfield-class attack transport that served with the US Navy during World War II. We just call it "Dad's Ship"

Uss Barnstabel Old 93 an attack troop transport in WW2

As soon as Dick Hatfield graduated from high school in 1943, he joined the Navy. He got sick during basic training, so he didn't join his class, but once he was well was assigned as a gunners mate to the USS Barnstable.

Dick Hatfield, gunners mate first class in the South Pacific

The operation history of the Barnstable, and those her served on her follows:

The vessel was launched 5 August 1943 by Western Pipe & Steel, Los Angeles, California, under a Maritime Commission contract as Sea Snapper; acquired on a loan charter by the Navy 30 October, and commissioned the same day. Placed out of commission 3 November, Barnstable was outfitted as an APA by Commercial Iron Works, Portland, Oregon, and recommissioned 22 May 1944, Captain T. M. Stokes in command.

Operational history

Palau Islands

Barnstable arrived at Pearl Harbor 30 July 1944 and joined Transport Division 32. Embarking troops and cargo she sailed to Guadalcanal for landing exercises 24 August-8 September, in preparation for the assault on the Palau Islands. Arriving at Peleliu, Palau Islands, 15 September, Barnstable remained there until 21 September, and then took part in the occupation of Ulithi Atoll, Caroline Islands (23-25 September 1944).


Returning to Manus, Admiralty Islands, Barnstable loaded troops and cargo and arrived in Leyte Gulf 20 October 1944. She debarked troops for the assault waves and continued unloading cargo throughout the day. On the 21st she departed, arriving at the Palau Islands 23 October.

Barnstable transported troops and cargo between New Caledonia and the Admiralty Islands and then returned to Leyte, where she landed reinforcements (19-29 November 1944).

Luzon and Okinawa

Returning to New Guinea, she remained there until embarking troops and cargo for the landings at Lingayen Gulf, Luzon. She arrived 9 January and the following day landed her troops and cargo. She made several trips to the Philippines with reinforcements and then participated in the initial Okinawa landings (1-5 April).

Barnstable returned to the west coast in April 1945. After undergoing repairs, replacements were embarked and she returned to Manila. From Manila she made logistic runs to New Guinea. Upon the cessation of hostilities Barnstable participated in the occupation of Japan (12-26 October 1945), making two runs from the Philippine Islands to Japan transporting Army troops.


She returned to California 17 November 1945 and operated along the west coast until January 1946. In February she arrived on the east coast and commenced pre-inactivation overhaul. She was decommissioned 25 March 1946 and returned to the Maritime Commission the following day.

Barnstable received four battle stars for her World War II service.

world war two battle ribbons earned by the USS Barstable and her crew in the pacific theatre

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right

American Campaign Medal


Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4)


World War II Victory MedaL


Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp)


Philippine Liberation Medal (2)




The US Army Troops which the Barnstable carried were as follows:(this information taken from the Christmas 1945 Dinner Menu Program)

Western Caroline Islands operation
Capture and assault of southern Palau Islands, 15 to 19, and 23 to 25 September 1944

Carrying the US Army 323rd Inf. 81st Div.

Leyte operation
Leyte landings, 20 to 21 October 1944

Oct: US Army 5th Calvary
Nov: US Army 307th Inf. 77th Div.

Luzon operation
Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 to 14 January and 10 February

Jan US Army 63rd Inf. 6th Div
Feb 33rd Inf. 6th Div

Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 4 April 1945
April 17th Inf. 7th Div

Japan Occupation

Sept. 45 136th Inf 33rd Div Wakayama, Honshu

Oct 45 21st Inf. 24th Div Kure, Honshu