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USS Basilan (AG-68)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Quebec - Yankee
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
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal
Basilan Class Miscellaneous Auxiliary
Projected as Internal Combustion Engine Repair Ship (ARG-12)
Laid down, 5 February 1944, as SS Jacques Phillipe Villere, a Maritime Commission type (EC-2-S-C1) hull under a Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 2460) at Delta Shipbuilding Corp., New Orleans, LA.
Redesignated Miscellaneous Auxiliary (AG-68)
Launched, 21 March 1944
Acquired by the Navy, 21 April 1944, from the Maritime Commission
Converted to a Miscellaneous Auxiliary at Waterman Steamship Co., Mobile AL.
Commissioned USS Basilan (AG-68), 10 October 1944, LCDR. Lawrence A. Parks, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Basilan was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Basilan was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following period:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|17 September to 9 December 1945||17 September to 9 December 1945
Decommissioned, 22 April 1946, at Pearl Harbor, T.H.
Towed to Drake's Bay, CA. and turned over the Maritime Commission, 14 May 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 28 May 1947
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Final Disposition, sold, 12 June 1972, to Zidell Explorations, Inc., for scrapping
Displacement 5,371 t.(lt) 14,350 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Speed 12.5 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 36 t.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four single 40mm AA gun mounts
twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 8,435 Bbls
Diesel 740 Bbls
one Albina vertical triple-expansion reciprocating engine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
three turbo-drive 150Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 2,500shp
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||USS Basilan (AG-68) underway in San Francisco Bay, 27 March 1945, after overhaul.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo #'s 19-N-91477 & 19-N-91476, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS Basilan (AG-68) at San Francisco, 28 March 1945. The ship has had many features added since her original conversion. New items (possibly fitted during this overhaul) include the radar test stands (with antennas) on the bow, additional cargo booms, and the landing craft carried above the large ship's boats forward.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-91481, a US Navy Bureau of Ship photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS Basilan (AG-68) moored in the Whangpoo River at Shanghai, China, 14 October 1945.
US National Archives, photo.
USS Basilan (AG-68)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. Parks, Lawrence A.||10 October 1944 - 7 January 1946|
|02||LCDR. Kiley, Francis Marion, USNR||7 January 1946 - 22 January 1946|
|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 24 October 2014
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