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USS Rigel (AR-11)
USS Rigel (ARb-1) (1941)
USS Rigel (AD-13) (1922 - 1941)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Whiskey - Golf
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive for 7 December 1941 at Pearl Harbor) - American Defense Medal (with bronze star in lieu of Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asian-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal

Rigel Class Destroyer Tender:
  • Built in 1918 as SS Edgecombe by Skinner and Eddy, Seattle, WA. for the US Shipping Board
  • Transferred to the Navy by Executive Order, 29 October 1921
  • Delivered, 16 November 1921
  • Converted to a Destroyer Tender and Commissioned, USS Rigel (AD-13), 24 February 1922, LT. Edward G. Affleck in command
  • Redesignated Base Repair Ship (ARb-1), 10 April 1941
  • Redesignated Repair Ship AR-11 in December 1941
  • During World War II USS Rigel was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941 Western New Guinea operations
    Supporting and consolidating operations designated by Commander Seventh Fleet, 21 April - 30 June 1944
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Supporting and consolidating operations designated by Commander Seventh Fleet, 25 June 1943 to 1 May 1944
    Eastern New Guinea operations
    Supporting and consolidating operations designated by Commander Seventh Fleet, 12 to 30 June 1944

  • Decommissioned, 11 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS Rigel (AR-11) earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 12 July 1946, fate unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 6 February 1948 to Dulien Steel Products Inc. (PD-X-419) for $130,000.00. Withdraw, 17 March 1948, for the Reserve Fleet and delivered to Kaiser Steel agents for Dulien Steel
    Displacement 6,250 t(lt) 10,000 t.(fl)
    Length 423' 9"
    Beam 54' 3"
    Draft 20' 7" (mean)
    Speed 10.5 kts.
    Complement 482
    four 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    six twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    one geared turbine
    single shaft, 2,500hp

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    USS Rigel (AD-13)
    Rigel 184k USS Rigel (AD-13) moored at San Diego. The raked masts and smokestack behind her belong to USS Buffalo (AD-8). Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN, served as CO from 17 June 1931 to 30 September 1933. He has signed this photo.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 58108
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Rigel 155k USS Rigel (AD-13) at San Diego, 9 April 1941, one day before being reclassified as a Base Repair Ship, ARb-1. She is moored next to the marine railway at the Destroyer Base and is helping to fit out the nearby fishing vessels as small patrol craft (YP) or minesweepers (AMc). This semi-active ship appears to have received few if any alterations since the 1920s.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 95609 (detail), courtesy
    Mike Green
    USS Rigel (AR-11)
    Rigel 24k USS Rigel (AR-11) date and location unknown. Photo is from the Rigel Register Newsletter. Todd Cabral
    Rigel 177k USS Rigel (AR-11) moored pierside at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 20 April 1942.
    Photo from Life Magazine collection, photographer Ralph Morse. For educational and non-commercial use.
    John Chiquoine
    Rigel 464k USS Rigel (AR-11) anchored in Milne Bay, New Guinea Jan 1944. Photo by RADM J. O Cobb USN
    Rigel 146k Stern view of USS Rigel (AR-11) dry docked at Manila, P.I. late fall 1945. Jeff Gates, PH3/c USS Rigel
    Rigel 73k USS Rigel (AR-11) at anchor, in Manila Bay, P.I., late fall 1945. Jeff Gates, Photographers Mate Third Class USS Rigel
    Rigel 99k US Rigel (AR-11) crew members raising the "homeward bound pennant," Manila Bay, P.I., late fall 1945. Jeff Gates, PH3/c USS Rigel
    Rigel 99k USS Rigel (AR-11) refueling at sea while enroute back to the US, date unknown. Jeff Gates, PH3/c USS Rigel
    Rigel 87k USS Rigel (AR-11) at anchor, date and location unknown. Rigel received extensive repairs and alterations to her superstructure at Pearl Harbor between July 1941 and April 1942 and then served continuously in the western Pacific through the end of World War II.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 83854, courtesy
    Mike Green and
    Heather Satterfield for her Grandfather James Brice McDill, (USS Rigel Jan 1944 to January 1946)

    USS Rigel (AD-13 / AR-11)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Affleck, Edward Gillespie24 February 1922 - 26 June 1922
    02CAPT. Brinser, Harry Lerch :RADM26 June 1922 - 15 June 1923
    03CAPT. Church, John Gaylord15 June 1923 - ?
    05CAPT. Morris, Robert12 June 1928 - ?
    06CAPT. Nimitz, Chester William, USN (1905) :FADM17 June 1931 - ?
    07Frucht, Max Mike1 November 1933 - ?
    08CAPT. McCandless, Byron12 January 1937 - ?
    09CAPT. Dudley, Roy1941 - ?
    10CAPT. Huntoon, Jay Glenn18 February 1944 - 2 December 1944
    11CDR. Davis, Valentine, Murchy2 December 1944 - 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves. Photos courtesy Bill Gonyo

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    Pearl Harbor Action Report
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