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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 1946||11 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)
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 just after launching at Bethlehem Fairfield Shipyard, Inc., Baltimore, MD., 12 August 1944.
||USS Palawan (ARG-10) underway, date and location unknown.
||Capt. Jerry Mason, USN
USS Palawan (ARG-10)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Anderson, Paul Ramseur||3 May 1945 - 20 December 1945|
|02||LCDR. Machalinski, Alois Ralph, USN||20 December 1945 - 15 June 1946|
|03||LCDR. Hutchens, Walter Elmer, USN||15 June 1946 - 16 January 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 21 November 2014
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