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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
  • USS Luzon earned one battle star for Korean War service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 August 1974, to Sangyong Trading Co., Seoul, South Korea
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,350 t.(trial)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 23' (lim)
    Speed 12.5 kts. (trial)
    Officers 31
    Enlisted 552
    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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    130k USS Luzon (ARG-2) camouflage scheme 6Ax. Drawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for a camouflage scheme intended for internal combustion engine repair ships of the ARG-2 (Luzon) class. This plan, approved by Captain Torvald A. Solberg, USN, is dated 3 April 1944. It shows the ship's port and starboard sides and superstructure ends.
    US National Archives photo #'s 80-G-173494 and 80-G-173495 US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Luzon 299k USS Luzon (ARG-2) underway, date and location unknown.
    US National Archives photo # USN 1106623, courtesy Mariners' Museum - Ted Stone Collection, now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    David Wright
    Luzon 136k USS Luzon (ARG-2) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec
    Luzon 424k USS Luzon (ARG-2) moored to a buoy in Sasebo harbor, Japan, date unknown. John Wohlwend
    Luzon 31k USS Luzon (ARG-2) moored to a buoy, circa 1957-58, location unknown. Photo by Donald J. Wagner, SM3, USN USS Gunston Hall
    Luzon 79k USS Luzon (ARG-2) moored to a buoy at Sasebo, Japan, date unknown. Courtesy Lyle Hildebrand USS Vega web site
    Luzon 85k 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)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Runquist, Elmer Reuben,12 October 1943 - 15 June 1945
    02CAPT. Tucker, William Burns, USN (USNA 1921-b)16 June 1945 - 26 March 1946
    03LCDR. Komar, John A. USNR26 March 1946 - 24 June 1946
    04LT. Hutchison, Charles, Joseph USN24 June 1946 - 25 March 1947
     Decommissioned25 March 1947 - 20 September 1950
    05CDR. Sutherland, Alan Berkeley20 September 1950 - 1952
    06CAPT. Walsh, David John, 1952 - 1953
    07CDR. Biard, Forrest Rosecrans (Tex)1953 - 1954
    08CDR. Cooley, James Siggins1954 - 3 November 1955
    09CDR. Christie, William Francis3 November 1955 - 1957
    10CDR. Foushee Sr., Clarence Lucius, USN1957 - 26 July 1968
    11CDR. Dertien, Donald Alfred, USN26 July 1958 - 1 July 1960
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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