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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
Contributed by Don McGrogan BMCS USN Ret.
USS Xanthus (AR-19)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Xanthus Class Repair Ship:
Laid down, 6 June 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 2664) at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc., Baltimore, MD. as Hecla
Intended for the Royal Navy as HMS Hecla (F-175)
Launched, 31 July 1944
Delivered to the US Navy, 16 August 1944
Retained by the Navy, 28 September 1944
Renamed Xanthus (AR-19), 6 December 1944
Commissioned USS Xanthus (AR-19), 9 May 1945, CDR. Stanley G. Nichols USN in command
During and following World War II USS Xanthus was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and performed Occupation duty and China service for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|7 September 1945 to 10 February 1946||11 February to 9 April 1946
Decommissioned, 26 February 1947, at Norfolk, VA.
Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, VA., in a "hands on" status through 1961
Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration, 11 January 1961
Title transfered to MARAD 1 September 1962
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1962
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 15 July 1974, to Luria Bros. Co. Inc. (PD-X-979 dated 5 June 1974), for $326, 666.89, withdrawn, 15 August 1974
Displacement 5,801 t.(lt) 14,350 t.(trial)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Speed 12.5 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 12 t,
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
three single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 8,000 Bbls
Diesel 2,200 Bbls
one Hoover, Owens, Rentschler Co. triple expansion steam engine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 2230psi 450°
Ship's Service Generators
three Diesel-drive 500Kw 450V A.C.
two turbo-drive 60Kw 120V/240V D.C.
single propeller, 2,500shp
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||USS Xanthus (AR-19) at anchor, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial
USS Xanthus (AR-19)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Nichols, Stanley Gilbert, USN (USNA 1926)||9 May 1945 - 3 January 1947|
|01||LT. Daughtrey, Edward Hunter, USN||3 January 1947 - 26 February 1947|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 11 August 2017
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