Walter Irving Cread was born 18 November 1923 in Los Angeles, Calif., and enlisted in the Naval Reserve 18 August 1941. He was rated fireman third class 18 October 1941 and assigned to duty in Hornet (CV-8). As fireman second class, Cread was killed in action 12 December 1942 while attached to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 2.
(APD-88: dp. 1,450; l. 306'; b. 36'10"; dr. 9'8"; s. 24 k.; cpl. 186; a. 2 5"; cl. Crosley)
Cread (DE-227) was launched 12 February 1944 by Philadelphia Navy Yard; sponsored by Mrs. H. Bergman, aunt of Fireman Second Class Cread; reclassified APD-88, 17 July 1944; and commissioned 29 July 1945, Commander P. E. Cherry, USNR, in command.
Cread departed Philadelphia 20 August 1945 for shakedown training at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, returning to Norfolk 28 September for overhaul. After spending Navy Day at Richmond, Va., she embarked NROTC midshipmen for a training cruise between 30 October and 5 November. Cread arrived at Green Cove Springs, Fla., 28 November to prepare for inactivation. She was placed out of commission in reserve there 15 March 1946.