From: Dictionary of American Fighting Ships


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(AK - 179: dp. 2,474; l. 338'6"; b. 50'; dr. 21'1"; s. 12 k.; cpl. 85; a. 1 3"; cl. Alamosa)


Faribault (AK-179) was launched 24 February 1945 by Kaiser Cargo, Inc., Richmond, Calif.; sponsored by Mrs. L. J. Morand; acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission 20 April 1945; and commissioned the same day, Lieutenant Commander C. O. Fulgham, USNR, in command.

Between 16 June 1945 and 1 September, Faribault voyaged from San Francisco to Leyte and Eniwetok with cargo, then sailed again 29 September with cargo for use in the occupation of Japan. She remained in the western Pacific, carrying cargo to and from Yokosuka, Guam, Saipan, Okinawa, Luzon, Samar, and Manus, until returning to San Francisco 23 April 1946. Faribault was decommissioned at Seattle 10 July 1946, and returned to the Maritime Commission the following day.

Reacquired 16 May 1947, Faribault was recommissioned 26 June 1947 at Bremerton, and assigned to duty in the Service Force, Pacific Fleet, based on Pearl Harbor. She ranged among the islands of the Hawaiian, Marshall, Caroline, and Philippine groups, as well as other isolated islands such as Johnston. Between 7 November 1952 and 22 July 1953, she carried cargo from Pearl Harbor to Japan and Korea for support of the troops in Korea, then returned to duty in the Central Pacific.

Faribault served in the Far East once more between 11 August 1954 and 3 April 1955, and during September, October, and November 1954, lay at Tourane and Haiphong, Indochina, acting as fleet issue ship to the force carrying out Operation "Passage to Freedom," the evacuation of civilian refugees from Communist-held North Vietnam. From April 1955 through the remainder of the year, she carried cargo from Pearl Harbor to Midway and the Marshalls, and on 13 April 1956 arrived at San Diego, where she was placed out of commission in reserve 20 July 1956.

Faribault received two battle stars for Korean War service.


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