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USS Macaw (ASR-11)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Chanticleer Class Submarine Rescue Ship
  • Laid down, 15 October 1941, at Moore Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Co., Oakland, CA
  • Launched, 12 July 1942
  • Commissioned USS Macaw (ASR-11), 12 July 1942 , LCDR. Paul W. Burton in command
  • During WWII USS Macaw was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Marshall Islands operation, 20 November to 8 December 1943

  • Final Disposition, ran aground, 16 January 1944, in Midway Channel, on the night of 12 and 13 February 1944 breached and sunk
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 March 1944
  • USS Macaw (ASR-11) earned one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 1,780 t.(lt) 2,141 t.(fl)
    Length 251' 4"
    Beam 42'
    Draft 14' 10" (lim)
    Speed 14.5 kts.
    Officer 6
    Enlisted 96
    Largest Boom Capacity 20 t.
    two single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    eight single 20mm gun mounts
    four depth charge tracks
    Fuel Capacity Diesel-1,785 Bbls
    four Alco-Diesel-electric engines (520)
    four Alco-Diesel-electric engines (520)
    span style="padding-left: 0em">Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 200Kw 120V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 3,000shp

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    Flier 1.41k USS Flier (SS-250) and USS Macaw (ASR-11) aground at Midway, 17 January 1944. The view is from ENE. The outflow from the channel into the lagoon is visible as a whitish band beyond the Macaw. Note that the vessels are pointing in opposite directions—the Macaw north, in toward the lagoon, the Flier south and out to sea. Photo & text courtesy of via Robert Hurst
    Flier 135k USS Macaw (ASR-11), in foreground, and USS Flier (SS-250) aground at Midway, 16 January 1944. Vessel in background at right is unidentified. Photo & text courtesy of via Robert Hurst
    Macaw 18k LCDR Paul W. Burton the ill-fated Commanding Officer of Macaw (ASR-11). Photo was taken aboard Macaw by Al Muti one month before the ship and LCDR Burton were lost Ken Sorrick whose father-in-law Al Muti took this photo

    USS Macaw (ASR-11)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Burton, Paul, W., USN (33)12 July 1942 - 13 February 1944 Drowned in sinking of Macaw

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Macaw
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    National Marine Sanctuaries - Maritime Heritage - USS Macaw Wreck Site Survey 2003
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