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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
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USS Kermit Roosevelt (ARG-16)
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
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (3) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal
Luzon Class Internal Combustion Engine Repair Ship:
Laid down, 30 August 1944, as SS Deal Island, a Maritime Commission type (EC-2-S-C1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCE 2680) at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc., Baltimore, MD.
Renamed Kermit Roosevelt, 29 September 1944
Launched, 5 October 1944
Acquired by the US Navy, 21 October 1944
Converted to an Internal Combustion Engine Repair Ship
Commissioned USS Kermit Roosevelt (ARG-16), 31 May 1945, CDR. Charles William Scribner in command
During World War II USS Kermit Roosevelt was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Kermit Roosevelt was assigned to China service for the following periods:
China Service Medal (extended)
|21 September 1945 to 27 August 1946
|25 September 1947 to 2 February 1949
|25 March to 3 May 1949
During the Korean War USS Kermit Roosevelt participated in the following campaigns:
Korean War Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|North Korean Aggression
9 October to 2 November 1950
|Korean Summer-Fall 1953
20 to 22 May 1953
20 June 1953
|Communist China Aggression
3 November to 24 December 1950
In a dual ceremony at Bremerton Naval Shipyard on 31 October 1959 USS Kermit Roosevelt (ARG-16) was decommissioned, as her crew simultaneously recommissioned USS Delta (AR-9)
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 January 1960
Returned to Maritime Administration, 23 June 1960
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 25 August 1960, to Zidell Exploration, Inc., Portland, OR. (PD-X-383) for $51,883.91
USS Kermit Roosevelt received three battle stars for Korean War Service
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,350 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Speed 12.5 kts.
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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||Kermit Roosevelt (ARG-16) at anchor, circa 1945, place unknown.
US Navy photo by S. C. Heal, Esq.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
||USS Kermit Roosevelt (ARG-16) moored inboard of USS Seminole (AKA-104), date and location unknown.
Photo by Ronald Roy SMC USN Ret.
|Scott Nelson for his Grandfather Ronald Roy SMC USN Ret. USS Atlas
||USS Kermit Roosevelt (ARG-16) underway, December 1959, place unknown.
||US Naval Historical Center
Kermit Roosevelt (ARG-16)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Scribner, Charles William||31 May 1945 - 11 March 1946|
|02||LCDR. Boarman, Charles Samuel, USN (Ret)||11 March 1946 - 3 July 1946|
|03||CAPT. Clark, Robert Stewart, USN (25)||3 July 1946 - 1948|
|04||CDR. Conwell, Lester Cameron||1950 - ?|
|05||CDR. Moffatt, George Galbraith||? - June 1954|
|06||CDR. Petty, Robert McNaghten||June 1954 - 1956|
|07||CDR. Cameron, Gerald Leo||1956 - December 1957|
|08||CDR. Cain Jr., Mat Murray||December 1957 - 14 August 1959|
|09||CDR. Olson, Carl Elliott||14 August 1959 - 31 October 1959|
|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 28 November 2014
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