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USS Portunus (AGP-4)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Yankee - Echo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
Portunus Class Motor Torpedo Boat Tender:
Laid down as LST-330, 12 November 1942, at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA.
Reclassified as a Portunus Class Motor Torpedo Boat Tender
Launched, 11 February 1943
Commissioned USS Portunus (AGP-4), 12 June 1943, at Baltimore, MD., LCDR. James R. Hanna USNR, in command
During WWII USS Portunus was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Eastern New Guinea operation
Designated duty in connection with motor torpedo boat operation, 20 October 1943 - 24 July 1944
|Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
Mindanao, 17 to 23 April 1945
|Western New Guinea operation
Designated duty in connection with motor torpedo boat operation, 6 July to 15 November 1944
Following World War II USS Portunus was assigned to Occupation service from 5 to 21 October 1945
Decommissioned, 18 April 1946, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 13 November 1946
USS Portunus earned 3 battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, transferred to the Maritime Commission, 6 February 1948, and simultaneously delivered to the Kaiser Co., Oakland for scrapping
Displacement 3,960 t.(lt) 4,100 t.(fl)
Draft 11' 2"
Speed 11.6 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
Boats two LCVP
one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
two quad 40mm AA gun mounts
eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
Diesel 4,480 Bbls
Gasoline 62,000 Gals
two General Motors 12-567A Diesel engines
single Falk Main Reduction Gears
Ship's Service Generators
three Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
two Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
two propellers, 1,800 SHP, twin rudders
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||USS Portunus (AGP-4) ten minutes after passing buoy X-2 as she departs Norfolk, VA., 23 July 1943, bound for the Panama Canal
and the Pacific Theater.
US National Archives Photo # 80-G-76562, a US Navy photo now in the custody of the US National Archives, College Park, MD.
||USS Portunus (AGP-4) with PT boats alongside, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial
USS Portunus (AGP-4)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Hanna, James Ritchey, USNR||12 June 1943 - 1 January 1944|
|02||CDR. Bamberger, Adolph Henry, USN||1 January 1944 - 19 March 1944|
|03||LCDR. O'Toole, James Matthew, USNR||19 March 1944 - 15 January 1945|
|04||LCDR. McKinnie, Ralph Edward, USNR||15 January 1945 - 19 December 1945|
|05||LT. Krisfalusky, Stephen, USNR||19 December 1945 - 19 March 1946|
|06||LT. Hargett, Emmett, Frederick, USNR||19 March 1946 - 18 April 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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Last Updated 23 March 2018
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