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USS Medusa (AR-1)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Mike - Charlie
NEMC
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 7 December 1941, Pearl Harbor) - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal


Medusa Class Fleet Repair Ship:
  • Laid down, 2 January 1920, at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA.
  • Launched, 16 April 1920
  • Commissioned USS Medusa (AR-1), 18 September 1924, CAPT. R. T. Menner in command
  • USS Medusa was at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941
  • During World War II USS Medusa was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 18 November 1947 at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 24 August 1950, to Ziedell Shipwrecking Co., Portland, OR.
  • USS Medusa (AR-1) received one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 10,620 t.(lt) (13,000 t.(lim)
    Length 484' 5"
    Beam 70' 3"
    Draft 20' 6"
    Speed 16 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 54
    Enlisted 786
    Largest Boom Capacity 20 t.
    Armament
    six single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion
    one Navy Yard Puget Sound Parsons-type turbine
    two Thorny boilers, 210psi, Sat.
    double Parsons-type Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    one turbo-drive 100Kw 120V D.C.
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 7,000shp

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    Medusa 58k USS Medusa (AR-1) at anchor, circa 1920s, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Medusa 120k USS Medusa (AR-1) moored pierside at Melbourne, Australia, during the fleet visit in 1925.
    Photo by the late Allan Greene
    Chris Howell, with copyright permission
    Medusa 153k
    Medusa 53k USS Medusa (AR-1) at anchor, circa 1925, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Medusa 97k USS Medusa (AR-1) at anchor, date and location unknown. The well deck amidships with its large cargo booms provided space for loading stores, facilitated access to ships alongside, and served as a boat gangway.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 69800
    Mike Green
    Medusa 132k Dutch submarine K XIII in Navy Yard Mare Island Dry Dock #2, 4 September 1926. USS Medusa (AR-1) is in the background.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo
    Darryl Baker
    Medusa 102k USS Medusa (AR-1) moored, date and location unknown.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-466212, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US National Archives
    Medusa 62k USS Medusa (AR-1) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 83333.
    Jon Burdett and John Chiquoine
    Melville 100k USS Medusa (AD-1) in Balboa Harbor, Panama Canal Zone, 24 April 1934. From the bottom to the top of the photo several US Navy and British ships are present including USS Zane (DD-337) and another destroyer alongside USS Melville (AD-2), USS Medusa (AR-1), USS Litchfield (DD-336), HMS Exeter and another destroyer nested with USS Truxtun (DD-229).
    US Navy photo # NH 60813 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Curtiss 121k USS Curtiss (AV-4) afire after she was hit by a crashing Japanese dive bomber. Photographed from USS Tangier (AV-8). USS Medusa (AR-1) is at right. Timbers floating in the water (foreground) may be from USS Utah (AG-16), which had been sunk at her berth, astern of Tangier. Note weathered paint work on Curtiss and Medusa. The original photograph was in the CinCPac report of the Pearl harbor Attack, 15 February 1942, Volume 3, in 1990.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 96660
    Robert Hurst
    Curtiss 87k USS Medusa (AR-1) at her mooring in Peal Harbor soon after the Japanese raid of 7 December 1941. The damaged USS Curtiss (AV-4), is moored to starboard of USS Medusa
    Note that USS Curtiss (AV-4) has been fitted with an air search radar.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-32733, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    Medusa 105k USS Medusa (AR-1) moored behind torpedo nets at Pearl Harbor circa early 1942. She still has her original armament of four 5"/51 and two 3"/50 AA guns.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-29121, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Medusa 109k USS Medusa (AR-1) underway circa early 1943. Medusa was at Pearl Harbor until April 1943 when she departed for the Southwest Pacific.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-45951, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green

    USS Medusa Memorabilia
    Medusa
    Ship's Service 5 cent token (front)
    Contributed by Tommy Trampp
    Medusa
    Ship's Service 5 cent token (back)
    Contributed by Tommy Trampp


    For more photos and information about USS Medusa, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Commanding Officers

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

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