USS Freestone: A fighting troop transport

This photo shows replacement troops for the army air forces in the Marianas boarding the Freestone. These September 1945 photos from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer show the first troops to go overseas from the Seattle Port of Embarcation since Japan’s surrender the prior month. Copies of the newspaper are from the Freestone County Historical Museum.

USS Freestone, one of 117 Haskell class attack transports, was built to a modified Victory ship design at Vancouver, Washington, and was commissioned in November 1944.
Freestone arrived at Pearl Harbor in January 1945 with passengers and cargo from the West Coast, and six days later sailed to land troops from Pearl Harbor on Saipan.
Moving on to Ulithi, Freestone loaded U.S. Marines and their equipment and

 

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