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USS Vulcan (AR-5)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp)
Third Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Fourth Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Fifth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba, 1-Dominican Republic) - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)


Vulcan Class Repair Ship:
  • Laid down, 16 December 1939, at New York Shipbuilding Co., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 14 December 1940
  • Commissioned USS Vulcan (AR-5), 14 June 1941, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA., CDR. Leon S. Fiske USN in command
  • During World War II USS Vulcan was assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters and participated in the following campaign:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Southern France 15 August to 25 September 1944
  • In the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS Vulcan was assigned to Occupation duty at the conclusion of World War II from 2 September 1945 to 10 March 1946
  • Decommissioned, 30 September 1991
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 July 1992
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 1 February 1999, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Final Disposition, contract awarded, 9 November 2006, to Bay Bridge Enterprises LLC, Chesapeake, VA. for scrapping
  • Removed from the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River , 19 December 2006, under tow to Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake, VA. for scrapping.
  • USS Vulcan earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 9,430 t.(lt), 17,000 t.(fl), 16,200 (lim)
    Length 529' 4"
    Beam 73' 4"
    Draft 26' (max)
    Speed 19.2 kts.
    Complement
    officers 53
    enlisted 1,244
    Largest boom capacity 20 t.
    Armament
    four single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    four .50 cal machine guns
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    1976 Armament update three 5"/38 gun mounts replaced with four single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity 25,420 Bbls NSFO
    Propulsion
    two New York Shipbuilding turbines
    four Babcock & Wilcox 3-drum boilers 400psi 720°
    double De Laval Main Reduction Gear
    five turbo-driven 750Kw 450V A.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 11,000shp

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    Vulcan 97k USS Vulcan (AR-5) underway near Philadelphia Navy Yard, 21 August 1941, two months after completion. Note the splinter protection (gun tubs) around the 5"/38 gun mounts.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. photo # 19-N-25376, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Vulcan 98k USS Vulcan (AR-5) underway near Norfolk Navy Yard, 10 June 1942, wearing pattern camouflage. The splinter protection around the 5"/38 gun mounts has been removed.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. photo # 19-N-30314, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Vulcan 799k USS Vulcan (AR-5) at anchor in the Mare Island Channel, circa 1942
    US Navy photo.
    Darryl Baker
    Vulcan 87k USS Vulcan (AR-5) underway near Norfolk Navy Yard, 10 January 1945.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. photo # 19-N-97729, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Vulcan 59k USS Vulcan (AR-5) underway, near Norfolk Navy Yard, 10 January 1945 Robert Hurst
    Vulcan 25k USS Vulcan (AR-5) underway shortly after World War II, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Randall 126k USS Vulcan (AR-5) moored pierside, NOB Norfolk, VA., with two destroyers alongside to port, circa early 1950s. Also visible in this photo are USS Randall (APA-224) moored at Pier 4, a heavy cruiser astern of USS Vulcan and in the far distance USS Hornet CVA-12. Tom Langford
    Vulcan 144k USS Vulcan (AR-5) moored at the Hampton Roads Army Terminal, Norfolk, VA., circa Mid-1950s with ships alongside. Joe Thornton USS Vulcan
    Vulcan 120k USS Vulcan (AR-5) underway in 1957, location unknown. Joe Thornton USS Vulcan
    Vulcan 133k USS Vulcan (AR-5) underway, date and location unknown. Bill McMillian
    Vulcan 44k USS Vulcan (AR-5) underway, date and location unknown. Federation of American Scientists
    web site
    Vulcan 90k USS Vulcan (AR-5) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Vulcan 411k USS Vulcan (AR-5) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Ed Zajkowski
    Vulcan 44k USS Vulcan (AR-5) underway, date and location unknown. Federation of American Scientists
    web site
    Vulcan 59k USS Vulcan (AR-5) was the first US warship in which women were deployed. She left Norfolk Virginia in September 1979 for the Navy's first Med deployment with a mixed crew, and is seen here at Barcelona, Spain, 23 December 1979; at the time, the presence of women aboard a warship was odd enough to attract the attention of the news media. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Vulcan 842k USS Vulcan (AR-5) moored pierside astern of USS Austin (LPD-4) at Marseille, France, date unknown. Photo by Philippe Gonzales
    Vulcan 366k USS Vulcan (AR-5) moored pierside at Genoa, Italy, 29 October 1979 Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Vulcan 71k USS Vulcan (AR-5) along with the rest of the Vulcan-class repair ships and their contemporaries, the Dixie-class destroyer tenders and Fulton-class submarine tenders, had their original battery of 5" guns removed in the 1970s and replaced by a minimal 20-mm armament. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Vulcan 52k USS Vulcan (AR-5) at NOB Norfolk, VA., August 1985. Rick Rowan
    Vulcan 102k USS Vulcan (AR-5) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Vulcan 1083k USS Vulcan (AR-5) underway, circa 1990 or earlier, location unknown. Wolfgang Hechler (gift from CO, CAPT. Cleal)
    Vulcan 182k USS Vulcan (AR-5) moored at pier 9, Naval Station, Norfolk, 29 June 1992. Vulcan had returned to Norfolk following deployment in the Persian Gulf area during "Operation Desert Storm". Astern of Vulcan lies the amphibious transport dock USS Nashville (LPD-13) while on the opposite side of the pier across from Vulcan is an Iwo Jima-class (LPH) Amphibious Assault Ship (Helicopter.
    US Defenseimagery.mil photo VIRIN: DN-SC-92-01221 by Don . Montgomery.
    Robert Hurst
    Vulcan 581k USS Vulcan (AR-5) moored pierside date and location unknown. Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr
    Vulcan 53k Ex-USS Vulcan (AR-5) under tow in Hampton Roads (Norfolk, VA. is in the background), 19 December 2006, while being moved from the James River National Defense Reserve Fleet to the breakers yard, Bay Bridge Enterprises LLC, Chesapeake, VA. for scrapping. Mabel Clark
    Vulcan 163k Ex-USS Vulcan (AR-5) at the ship breakers yard, Bay Bridge Enterprises LLC, Chesapeake, VA. for scrapping, circa February 2008. Jerry Crow

    Additional USS Vulcan (AR-5) Patches
    Vulcan
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski
    Vulcan
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski


    For more photos and information about USS Vulcan, 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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