From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Vol. 1, p 107


Bayonne is a city in New Jersey.

(PF-21: dp. 1430; 1. 303'11" ; b. 37'6" ; dr. 13'8" ; s.20.3 k. ; cpl. 190 ; a. 3 3" ; cl. Tacoma)

Bayonne (PF-21) was launched 11 8eptember 1943 by American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, Ohio, under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. Hannah Gallagher; and commissioned 14 February 1945, Commander E. E. Comstock in command.

The ship departed Norfolk for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 3 March 1945 where she engaged In training exercises. On 3 April she sailed to Kingston, Jamaica, and then to Philadelphia. Bayonne departed New York 3 July 1945 for Puget Sound Navy Yard where she underwent a brief availability. She sailed for Alaska 21 August and she remained at Cold Bay through 2 September, when she was decommissioned and loaned to Russia under Lend-Lease.

Bayonne was returned to the Navy by Russia and placed out of commission in reserve at Yokosuka, Japan, 14 November 1949. She was recommissioned 28 July 1950 at Yokosuka and got underway from Kobe, Japan, to Inchon, Korea, 11 September to participate in the landings there. She continued serving in Korean waters except for occasional visits to Japan for upkeep and resupply, until 31 January 1953 when she was decommissioned and loaned to Japan under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program.

Bayonne received six battle stars for her Korean service.