Thurston (AP-77): Photographs

These photographs were selected to show the original configuration of this class and major subsequent modifications. For most classes many other photographs exist.
For more complete online collections of U. S. Navy ship photographs see in particular the NHHC Online Library of Selected Images and the NavSource Photo Archive.

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USS Thurston (AP-77)

Near the New York Navy Yard on 23 September 1942.
Note the full loadout of landing craft, including the many on deck and the three in the port Welin davit.

Photo No. 19-N-34572
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Thurston (AP-77)

Near the New York Navy Yard on 23 September 1942.
The ship is carrying her original armament, including a 5"/50 gun on the stern.

Photo No. 19-N-34575
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Thurston (AP-77)

Near the New York Navy Yard on 17 December 1944.
The ship has been rearmed and now has a 40mm twin mount on a raised platform above and just aft of the two 3"/50 guns on the bow.

Photo No. 19-N-78189
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Thurston (AP-77)

Near the New York Navy Yard on 17 December 1944.
The ship has been rearmed, losing her 5"/50 gun aft and gaining two 40mm twin mounts on raised platforms, one forward and one aft.

Photo No. 19-N-78190
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Thurston (AP-77)

Photographed from USS Hamlin (AV-15) off Iwo Jima on 20 February 1945 while launching boatloads of troops.
Note the numerous troops on deck, the landing craft being held at the rail by cargo booms both forward and aft where the troops could board them, and the partial loadout of landing craft remaining on deck aft and in the davits.


Photo No. 80-G-311362
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-80-G. This print is from RG-19-LCM, mis-filed in the folder for APA-77.