From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Vol. 1, p 33


Allentown is a city in Pennsylvania.

(PF-52: dp. 1489; 1. 303'11" ; b.37'6" ; dr. 13'8":s.20.4 k.; cpl. 190; a. 3 3" ; cl. Tacoma)

Allentown (PF-52) was launched 3 July 1943 by Froemming Brothers, Inc., Milwaukee, Wis. ; sponsored by Miss Joyce E. Beary ; commissioned 24 March 1944, Commander G. W. Collins, USCG, in command ; and reported to the Operational Training Command, Atlantic Fleet.

Following training, the Coast Guard manned Allentown, joined Escort Division 33 and steamed to the Pacific, arriving at Finschhafen, New Guinea, 29 September. Until March 1945 she patrolled and escorted convoys in New Guinea waters except for participation in the Morotai landing (30-31 October 1944) and the reinforcement of Leyte (15-29 November 1944). On 9 March 1945 she joined a Ulithi bound convoy as an escort, after which she steamed to Puget Sound Navy Yard for an overhaul, arriving 7 April.

Allentown departed Puget Sound on 7 June 1945 for cold Bay, Alaska. She was decommissioned there 12 July 1945 and transferred to the U. S. S. R. the following day. Returned to American custody by Russia at Yokosuka, Japan, 15 October 1949, Allentown remained out of commission until she was loaned to Japan 2 April 1953.

Allentown received two battle stars for her service during World War II.