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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"
    Draft 23'
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    30 Officers
    471 Enlisted
    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 33k Kermit Roosevelt (ARG-16) at anchor, circa 1945, place unknown.
    US Navy photo by S. C. Heal, Esq.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    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, place unknown. US Naval Historical Center

    Kermit Roosevelt (ARG-16)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Scribner, Charles William31 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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