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USS Luzon (ARG-2)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Yankee - Alpha
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
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (1) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)
Luzon Class Internal Combustion Engine Repair Ship:
Laid down, 8 April 1943, as SS Samuel Bowles a Maritime Commission type (EC-2-S-C1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 981) at Bethlehem Fairfield Shipyard, Inc., Baltimore, MD.
Launched, 14 May 1943
Acquired by the Navy, 24 May 1943, from the Maritime Commission and converted to an Internal Combustion Engine Repair Ship at Maryland Drydock Co, Baltimore, MD.
Commissioned USS Luzon (ARG-2), 12 October 1943, CDR. Elmer R. Runquist in command
During World War II USS Luzon was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Luzon performed occupation service in the Far East from 3 October to 24 December 1945
Decommissioned, 25 March 1947, at Orange, TX.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Orange, TX.
Recommissioned, 20 September 1950, CDR. W. F. Christie in command
During the Korean War USS Luzon participated in the following campaign:
Korean War Campaign
|Campaign and Dates
|Korea, Summer-Fall 1953, 14 to 17 July 1953
Decommissioned, 3 June 1960, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.
Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1961
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 August 1974, to Sangyong Trading Co., Seoul, South Korea
USS Luzon earned one battle star for Korean War service
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,350 t.(trial)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 23' (lim)
Speed 12.5 kts. (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
one 3"/50 gun mount
two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
Ship's Service Generators
three 350Kw 450V A.C.
two 60Kw 120V D.C.
Fuel Oil Capacity 19,540Bbls
one General Machine Corp. vertical triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers 220psi 450°
single propeller, 2,500shp
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||USS Luzon (ARG-2) underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
||USS Luzon (ARG-2) moored to a buoy in Sasebo harbor, Japan, date unknown.
||USS Luzon (ARG-2) moored to a buoy, circa 1957-58, location unknown.
||Photo by Donald J. Wagner, SM3, USN USS Gunston Hall
||USS Luzon (ARG-2) moored to a buoy at Sasebo, Japan, date unknown.
||Courtesy Lyle Hildebrand USS Vega web site
||USS Luzon (ARG-2) moored to a buoy at Kaohsiung Taiwan in 1959.
||Photo by Russell Cole ex-ET2 USN
USS Luzon (ARG-2)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Runquist, Elmer Reuben,||12 October 1943 - 15 June 1945|
|02||CAPT. Tucker, William Burns, USN (21-b)||16 June 1945 - 26 March 1946|
|03||LCDR. Komar, John A. USNR||26 March 1946 - 24 June 1946|
|04||LT. Hutchison, Charles, Joseph USN||24 June 1946 - 25 March 1947|
| ||Decommissioned||25 March 1947 - 20 September 1950|
|05||CDR. Sutherland, Alan Berkeley||20 September 1950 - 1952|
|06||CAPT. Walsh, David John, ||1952 - 1953|
|07||CDR. Biard, Forrest Rosecrans (Tex)||1953 - 1954|
|08||CDR. Cooley, James Siggins||1954 - 3 November 1955|
|09||CDR. Christie, William Francis||3 November 1955 - 1957|
|10||CDR. Foushee Sr., Clarence Lucius||1957 - 1958|
|11||CDR. Dertien, Donald Alfred||1958 - 1 July 1960|
|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 21 November 2014
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