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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, USNR 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
  • USS Kermit Roosevelt earned three battle stars for Korean War Service
  • 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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,350 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 23'
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Complement
    30 Officers
    471 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 22 t.
    Armament
    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
    Propulsion
    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 13k
    Namesake
    Kermit Roosevelt, MC (October 10, 1889 June 4, 1943) was an American businessman, soldier, explorer, and writer. The son of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, Kermit was a graduate of Harvard University, served in both World Wars (in World War I with both the British and American armies), and explored two continents with his brother. He fought a lifelong battle with depression ultimately leading to suicide while serving in the U.S. Army in Alaska during World War II.
    Wikipedia
    Kermit Roosevelt 130k Kermit Roosevelt (ARG-16) with tug Justine of Wilmington, Delaware alongside in May 1945. Note the propeller splash of this single-screw, Liberty ship.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-84527, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Kermit Roosevelt 208k Kermit Roosevelt (ARG-16) with tugs Justine and Carolyn of Wilmington, Delaware alongside in May 1945.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-84525, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Kermit Roosevelt 106k Kermit Roosevelt (ARG-16) with tug Carolyn of Wilmington, Delaware alongside in May 1945.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-84526, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Kermit Roosevelt
    19-N-84523
    126k USS Kermit Roosevelt (ARG-16) underway in June 1945 off Baltimore, MD.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-84523 and 19-N-84524,US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Kermit Roosevelt
    19-N-84524
    184k
    Kermit Roosevelt 33k Kermit Roosevelt (ARG-16) at anchor, circa 1945, location unknown.
    US Navy photo by S. C. Heal, Esq.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Kermit Roosevelt 140k Admiral Charles M. Cooke., Jr., Commander Seventh Fleet, talks with Chief Carpenter's Mate Thurman T. Wooten in the ship's Carpenter's Shop, at Tsingtao, China, 25 February 1946. USS Kermit Roosevelt's Commanding Officer, Commander Charles W. Scribner, USNR, is looking on at left.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-365509, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Kermit Roosevelt 130k b>USS Kermit Roosevelt (ARG-16) underway. location unknown, 11 March 1952.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-440475, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Kermit Roosevelt 135k b>USS Kermit Roosevelt (ARG-16) underway in January 1953, location unknown.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-633142, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Kermit Roosevelt 142k b>USS Kermit Roosevelt (ARG-16) underway at Pearl Harbor, 13 October 1953.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-630854, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Seminole 349k 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
    Kermit Roosevelt 51k USS Kermit Roosevelt (ARG-16) underway, December 1959, location unknown. US Naval Historical Center

    Kermit Roosevelt (ARG-16)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Scribner, Charles William, USNR31 May 1945 - 11 March 1946
    02LCDR. Boarman, Charles Samuel, USN (Ret)11 March 1946 - 3 July 1946
    03CAPT. Clark, Robert Stewart, USN (25)3 July 1946 - 1948
    04CDR. Conwell, Lester Cameron1950 - ?
    05CDR. Moffatt, George Galbraith? - June 1954
    06CDR. Petty, Robert McNaghtenJune 1954 - 1956
    07CDR. Cameron, Gerald Leo1956 - December 1957
    08CDR. Cain Jr., Mat MurrayDecember 1957 - 14 August 1959
    09CDR. Olson, Carl Elliott14 August 1959 - 31 October 1959
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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