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Contributed by Roy Nielsen, SF3 USS Tutuila

Contributed by Al Grazevich

USS Tutuila (ARG-4)

1944 - 1946: International Radio Call Sign:
Nan - Peter - Yoke - Nan

1951 - 1972: International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Alpha - Uniform
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation (3)
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Fourth Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba, Dominican Republic) - Vietnam Service Medal (13)
Fifth Row - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (6) - Philippines Liberation Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Personnel Awards

Purple Hearts: (5 KIA - ICC Ernest L. Brown Jr., 23FEB68; EN3 Thomas W. Hill, 23FEB68; SFC Horris G. Robinson, 23 FEB68; LT. John L. Saunders, 23 FEB68 ; GMGC Allan F. Sullivan, 23FEB68)

USS Tutuila (ARG-4) was transferred to the Republic of China and renamed ROCS Pien Tai (ARG-516)
Luzon Class Internal Combustion Engine Repair Ship:
  • Laid down, 11 August 1943, as SS Arthur P. Gorman, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1779), at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Baltimore, MD.
  • Launched, 12 September 1943
  • Acquired by the Navy, 18 September 1943
  • Converted to an Internal Combustion Engine Repair Ship at Maryland Drydock Co, Baltimore, MD.
  • Commissioned USS Tutuila (ARG-4), 8 April 1944, CDR. George T. Boldizsar in command
  • During world War II USS Tutuila was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Tutuila was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September 1945 to 24 January 194626 January to 9 April 1946

  • Decommissioned, 7 December 1946, at Galveston, TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Orange, TX.
  • Recommissioned, 7 May 1951, at Orange, TX., CAPT. Claude L. Weigle USN in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Tutuila (ARG-4) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    17 July 1966 to 31 May 1967
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 June to 31 October 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    10 June to 9 November 1967
    24 November 1967 to 29 January 1968
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    1 November 1969 to 25 February 1970
    3 March 30 April 1970
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 1 April 1968
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    1 May to 30 June 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 April to 30 June 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    1 to 5 July 1970
    22 September 1970 to 22 March 1971
    8 April to 30 June 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 July to 1 November 1968
    Consolidation I
    1 July to 3 September 1971
    21 September to 30 November 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase Vi
    2 to 22 November 1968
    Consolidation II
    1 December 1971 to 4 January 1972
    Tet/69 Counteroffensive
    10 May to 8 June 1969

  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 21 February 1972, at Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • USS Tutuila earned thirteen campaign stars, three Navy Unit Commendations, and two Meritorious Unit Commendations for Vietnam War service
  • Transferred to the Republic of China and renamed ROCS Pien Tai (ARG-516)
  • Final disposition, fate unknown
    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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    USS Tutuila (ARG-4)
    Tutuila 118k USS Tutuila (ARG-4) in Chesapeake Bay off the Maryland Drydock Co., Baltimore, MD., 14 April 1944, one day after completing conversion to an Internal Combustion Engine Repair Ship.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-66053, RG-19 LCM, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    19-N-66536, RG-19 LCM
    97k USS Tutuila (ARG-4) underway near Norfolk Navy Yard, 18 May 1944.
    US National Archives photos # 19-N-66536 and 19-N-66537, RG-19 LCM. US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    19-N-66537, RG-19 LCM
    Tutuila 79k Broadside view of USS Tutuila (ARG-4) off Norfolk, Navy Yard, 18 May 1944. Note Tutuila is painted Camouflage Measure 31, Design 6AX.
    Navy Yard Norfolk photo # 7628(44) May 18,1944.
    Russ Padden
    Tutuila 40k USS Tutuila (ARG-4) with;
    USS LCI(R)-705
    USS LCI(M)-802
    USS LCI(M)-803
    USS LCI(R)-647
    LCT-1213 and an unidentified vessel alongside, date and location unknown.
    Russ Padden
    Tutuila 78k USS Tutuila (ARG-4), date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Tutuila 44k USS Tutuila (ARG-4), date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Tutuila 121k USS Tutuila (ARG-4) moored at St Helena Annex, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA., late 1953. SS United States was making her way down river on the South Branch of the Elizabeth River. Gerald J Reiser ET2 USS Tutuila
    Tutuila 95k USS Tutuila (ARG-4) under way in Hampton Roads off Norfolk, VA. with the assistance of tugs, 3 September 1953 Gerald J Reiser ET2 USS Tutuila
    Tutuila 82k USS Tutuila (ARG-4) at anchor with (from outboard to inboard);
    USS Cardinal (MSC(O)-4)
    USS Lapwing (MSC(O)-48)
    USS Hawk (MSC(O)-17)
    USS Fulmer (MSC(O)-47)
    USS Peregrine (MSF-373)

    circa 1956-57, probably at Charleston, S.C.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, August 1959.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Tutuila 82k USS Tutuila (ARG-4) Christmas Card, 1960. Randy Pilak USS Tutuila 1960-61.
    Tutuila 96k USS Tutuila (ARG-4) moored at Fort Everglades, October 1960. Randy Pilak USS Tutuila 1960-61.
    Tutuila 321k USS Tutuila (ARG-4) underway, circa 1962 or earlier, location unknown. Randy Pilak USS Tutuila 1960-61 and Bob Maloney IM2(P1) USS Tutuila 1959-62
    Tutuila 65k USS Tutuila (ARG-4), off Hawaii, circa 1965
    US Navy photo
    John T. Kulp USS Tutuila 1965-66
    Tutuila 174k USS Tutuila (ARG-4), off Hawaii, circa 1965.
    US Navy photo
    John Chiquoine
    Tutuila 631k USS Tutuila (ARG-4) with APL-21 alongside while tending PCFs circa 1969-1972 probably at An Thoi, South Vietnam, where she supported the continuation of "Market Time," as well as "Seafloat" and "Sealord" operations. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Tutuila 106k USS Tutuila (ARG-4), anchored off Nha Be, South Vietnam in 1971 © Richard Leonhardt
    Tutuila 78k USS Tutuila (ARG-4), anchored off Nha Be, South Vietnam in 1971 © Richard Leonhardt
    Tutuila 92k USS Tutuila (ARG-4) anchored off Nha Be, South Vietnam in 1971 © Richard Leonhardt
    Tutuila 51k USS Tutuila (ARG-4) underway, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy Mobile Riverine Force Association (MRFA)
    Robert Hurst
    ROCS Pien Tai (ARG-516)
    Tutuila 44k Ex-USS Tutuila (ARG-4) in the Republic of China service as ROCS Pien Tai (ARG-516) moored pierside, date and place unknown. Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    Additional Tutuila Ship's Patches
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski
    Contributed by Roy Nielsen, SF3
    USS Tutuila
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski

    USS Tutuila (ARG-4)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Tutuila (ARG-4) Vietnam History
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Boldizsar, George Thomas USN (USNA 1922)08 April 1944 - 18 January 1945
    02CDR. Rigley, Arthur R. USNR18 January 1945 - 15 February 1946
    03CAPT. Brod, Robert Sanford, USNR15 February 1946 - 9 July 1946
    04CDR. Mayfield, Henry, USNR9 July 1946 - 17 October 1946
    05LCDR. Alexander, James Silas, USN17 October 1946 - 7 December 1946
     Decommissioned7 December 1946 to 7 May 1951
    06CAPT. Weigle, Claude Lee, USN (USNA 1927)7 May 1951 - March 1953
    07CAPT. Joyner Jr., Algernon Sidney, USN (USNA 1926)March 1953 - November 1954
    08CDR. Overton, William Arthur, USN (USN 1933)November 1954 - August 1955
    09CDR. Crawford Jr., Joseph Wesley, USNAugust 1955 - March 1957
    10CAPT. Deibler, Robert Russell, USNMarch 1957 - 1958
    11CAPT. DiBrell Jr., Aqula Gibbs, USN1958 - ?
    13CDR. Bolton, Jordan Tesch, USN (USNA 1946)20 December 1962 - 1964
    14CDR. Byington, Ward Gregory, USN (USNA 1947)1964 - 15 October 1966
    15CDR. Treadwell Jr., Lawrence Penfield, USN (USNA 1951)15 October 1966 - 7 December 1967
    16CDR. Castle, Ernest Carl, USN (USNA 1948B)7 December 1967 - 18 November 1968
    17CDR. Bauerlein, Leo Peter, USN18 November 1968 - 8 November 1969
    18CDR. Feagin, Frederick, USN (USNA 1950)8 November 1969 - 10 November 1970
    19CDR. Frick, Walter Benjamin USN, (USNA 1954)10 November 1970 - 29 October 1971
    20CDR. Todd, James Forrest, USN (USNA 1955)28 October 1971 - 21 February 1972
    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
    Miscellaneous Exterior Photos of USS Tutuila by Randy Pilak USS Tutuila (ARG) 1960-61
    1964 Welcome Aboard pamphlet
    1968 Command History report
    1969 Command History report
    1970 Command History report
    Mobile Riverine Force Association
    Brownwater Navy

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