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USS Palawan (ARG-10)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Xray - Quebec
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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

Luzon Class Internal Combustion Engine Repair Ship:
  • Laid down, as a Maritime Commission type (EC-2-S-C1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCE 2668) at Bethlehem Fairfield Shipyard, Inc., Baltimore, MD.
  • Launched, 12 August 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission and converted to an Internal Combustion Engine Repair Ship at Bethlehem Key Highway Plant, Baltimore, MD.
  • Commissioned USS Palawan (ARG-10), 3 May 1945, CDR. Paul Ramseur Anderson in command
  • During World War II USS Palawan was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Palawan 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 10 March 194611 March to 30 April 1946

  • Decommissioned, 16 January 1947, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego, CA.
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 14 March 1962, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Permanent custody assumed by the Maritime Administration, 1 July 1963
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1963
  • Sold, 1 November 1976, to Fish Reef Program, State of California
  • Final Disposition, sunk as an artificial fish reef off Redondo Beach, CA., 13 September 1977
    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 22 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 20,690 Bbls
    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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    Palawan 66k Palawan just after launching at Bethlehem Fairfield Shipyard, Inc., Baltimore, MD., 12 August 1944. David Nixon
    Palawan 122k USS Palawan (ARG-10) underway, date and location unknown. Capt. Jerry Mason, USN

    USS Palawan (ARG-10)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Anderson, Paul Ramseur3 May 1945 - 20 December 1945
    02LCDR. Machalinski, Alois Ralph, USN20 December 1945 - 15 June 1946
    03LCDR. Hutchens, Walter Elmer, USN15 June 1946 - 16 January 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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