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USS Arctic (AF-7)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Foxtrot - Romeo
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Arctic Class Stores Ship:
  • Built in 1918 by Moore Dry Dock Co., Oakland, CA. as SS Yamhill for the United States Shipping Board (USSB)
  • Assigned ID#3806 by the US Navy
  • Acquired by the Navy, 4 November 1921, from USSB
  • Commissioned USS Arctic (AF-7), 7 November 1921, at New York Navy Yard, New York, N.Y., LCDR. Charles H. Bullock in command.
  • During World War II USS Arctic was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Arctic was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 18 November t o18 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 3 April 1946, at Pendleton Shipyard, New Orleans, LA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 3 July 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 19 August 1947, to Southern Shipwrecking Corp
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,100 t.(lt) 12,600 t.(fl)
    Length 416' 10"
    Beam 53' 2"
    Draft 26' 5"
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 20
    Enlisted 248
    Largest Boom Capacity 7 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,170 DWT
    Non-Refrigerated 90,977 Cu ft
    Refrigerated 153,956 Cu ft
    Armament
    one single 5"/51 cal gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 9,850 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Fletcher-Parsons geared turbine engine
    four Heine boilers, 225psi 450°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 75Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,800shp
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    SS Yamhill
    Arctic 48k SS Yamhill underway in 1918, probably in San Francisco Bay, CA., during her trials.
    US Navy photo # NH 100103 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Arctic 119k SS Yamhill (ID#3806) at her builders yard, 25 November 1918. She looks complete but was not delivered until 7 February 1919. The mast near the smokestack was a wartime replacement for the topmasts on the two principal masts and, like the pattern camouflage, was intended to make it more difficult for attacking submarines to get fire control solutions.
    US National Archives, RG-32-S, Photo No. None
    Mike Green
    USS Arctic (AF-7)
    Arctic 85k USS Arctic (AF-7) at anchor in 1922, location unknown.
    US Navy Recruiting Bureau, New York photo.
    Darryl Baker
    Arctic 105k USS Arctic (AF-7) at anchor in 1924
    US Navy photo # 1223 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Arctic 122k USS Arctic (AF-7) at anchor, Melbourne, Australia during 1925 fleet visit.
    Photo by the late Allan Greene
    Chris Howell
    Arctic 62k USS Arctic (AF-7) moored pierside, circa 1920s, location unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 75664 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Arctic 58k USS Arctic (AF-7) in harbor, location unknown, circa 1920s.
    US Navy photo # NH 67560 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Arctic 73k USS Arctic (AF-7) at anchor, March 1933, location unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 753 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Arctic 95k USS Arctic (AF-7) engineers, circa 1932-36. "X" in back row F1/c / MM2/c John W. Miller Jack W. Miller, EMC Ret., for his father John W. Miller USS Arctic
    Arctic 10k USS Arctic (AF-7) loading out at San Diego, 17 August 1937, in preparation for transporting Marines to China. James D. McGrew
    Arctic 147k USS Arctic (AF-7) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 25 October 1941, view on board looking forward from the bridge, showing splinter protection recently installed around the ship's forward 3"/50 guns. Note cargo handling booms, bell mounted on the foremast, and paravanes on deck.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-25856 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    Arctic 103k USS Arctic (AF-7) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 25 October 1941, view on board showing the ship's new bridge structure. Note voice tubes and life ring.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-25855 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    Arctic 126k USS Arctic (AF-7) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 25 October 1941, view on board looking aft from the midships superstructure, showing splinter protection recently installed around her after 3"/50 guns. Note ventilation cowls.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-25854 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    Arctic 138k USS Arctic (AF-7) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 27 October 1941, showing splinter protection recently installed around her after 5"/51 and .50 caliber gun positions.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-25857 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    Arctic 99k USS Arctic (AF-7) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 27 October 1941, showing splinter protection recently installed around her forward gun positions.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-25853 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    Arctic 74k USS Arctic (AF-7) underway off the Mare Island Navy Yard, CA, 29 October 1941.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-25858 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Arctic 99k USS Arctic (AF-7) arriving deeply laden at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in April 1942.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-64746 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Arctic 55k Broadside view of USS Arctic (AF-7) at anchor in San Francisco Bay, 28 April 1943.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # AF 7 3066-43, Navy Photo 3066-43, dated 4/28/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Arctic 50k Bow on view of USS Arctic (AF-7) at anchor in San Francisco Bay off Naval Station Treasure Island, 28 April 1943. Note San Francisco Bay Bridge in the background.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # AF 7 3068-43, Navy Photo 3066-43, dated 4/28/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Arctic 76k USS Arctic (AF-7) at anchor in San Francisco Bay off Naval Station Treasure Island, 28 April 1943.
    Photo from San Francisco NARA, Mare Island Navy Yard Ship Files.
    Tracy White
    Arctic 27k USS Arctic (AF-7) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo, 6 June 1943.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    USS Arctic (AF-7)
    DANFS history entry at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Bullock, Charles Herbert 7 November 1921 - 5 September 1922
    02CDR. Frucht, Max M.5 September 1922 - 3 March 1924
    03CDR. Ferguson, John Norwood3 March 1924 - 16 January 1926
    04CDR. Gaddis, William Peace16 January 1926 - 2 May 1927
    05CDR. Fitch, Aubrey Wray (Jake) :ADM2 May 1927 - 17 July 1928
    06CAPT. McCullough, Richard Philip17 July 1928 - 8 May 1930
    07CDR. Riebe, Herbert Bernhard1932 - ?
    08CDR. DeMott, Max Burke1936 - ?
    09CDR. Riggs, Ralph Smith :VADM1938 - ?
    10LCDR. Wellings, Augustus Joseph :RADM1939 - May 1940
    11CDR. Biggs, Burton Beeche :VADMMay 1940 - July 1941
    12CDR. Olsen, Clarence Edward :RADMJuly 1941 - May 1942
    13CDR. Stuart, Luther BradfordMay 1942 - 1943
    14LCDR. Frasier, C. R.1943 - 1944
    15LCDR. Fischer, A. A.1944 - 1945
    16 LCDR. Peterson, Lars Oscar1945 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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