I've been able to find very little about the Funston befor or after it was commissioned as a Navy vessel. However, from the early history of the 87th Armored Field Artillery Battalion....
The later part of February the Battalion again returned
to Fort Davis, and shortly before departure from Rio
Hato, Major Douglas G. Dwyre assumed command. Usual
garrison duties were performed until 30 March, 1943, at
which time the entire Battalion embarked at Cristobal,
Canal Zone for a permanent change of station.
At 0730, 31 March, 1943, the 87th sailed aboard the
United States Armed Transport, Frederick Funston, under
the escort of one destroyer. The Funston was making its
return from Australia through the Canal to New York with
many casualties of the battle of Buna and the Owen
Stanley Mountains in New Guinea.
As the Funston made her way north out of the tropical
seas of the Caribbean under the quiet gleaming stars of
the Southern Cross, peace reigned throughout the first
two nights. To the men aboard these two small
insignificant ships, the war, indeed, seemed far away.
"Wolf Pack" was the cry, as general alarm sounded
throughout the ship on the morning of the third day.
Lookouts and troops together, anxiously scanned the grey
horizon for the dreaded sight of a periscope or the
white wake of an enemy torpedo.
Our escort cut back across our bow dropping depth
charges, and the Funston raced on leaving the escort
To tropical troops landing in New York April 6, 1943, it
was the coldest day ever experienced. Yet the thought
of at last being home, easily overcame any of these