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USS Beaver (ARG-19)
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USS Beaver (AS-5) (1920 - 1945)
USS Beaver (ID#2302) (1917 - 1920)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Quebec - Quebec
NEQQ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Yangtze Service Medal - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Beaver Class Submarine Tender:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA. as a passenger-steamer for the Union Pacific Railroad
  • Launched, 27 November 1909
  • Delivered to Union Pacific Railroad, 13 November 1910
  • Acquired by the Navy, 1 July 1917, and given the registry ID#2302
  • Converted to a Submarine Tender at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Commissioned USS Beaver, 1 October 1918, LCDR. James A. Logan in command
  • Designated (AS-5), 17 July 1920
  • During World War II USS Beaver was assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters
  • Reclassified Internal Combustion Engine Repair Ship, (ARG-19), 25 June 1945
  • Following World War II USS Beaver (ARG-19) was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    29 September 1945 to 10 March 194621 March to 29 April 1946
    2 to 3 May 1946 

  • Decommissioned, 17 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration for disposal, 5 August 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 28 August 1950 to Boston Metals Corp., Baltimore, MD., scrapped in 1952
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,737 t.(lt) 6,494 t.(fl)
    Length 380'
    Beam 47' 2"
    Draft 20' 3"
    Speed 16.5 kts, (design)
    Complement
    Officers - 56
    Enlisted - 424
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    two single 5"/51 cal gun mounts
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    two single 1-pdrs
    two machine guns
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO - 4,680 Bbls
    Diesel - 3,000 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Newport News vertical triple expansion reciprocating engine
    six Scotch boilers, 190psi sat.
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 75Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 100Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 3,650shp

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    Merchant Service
    Beaver 58k SS Beaver, owned by the Union Pacific Railroad, operated by the San Francisco and Portland Steamship Co., on a route between the two West Coast ports.
    US Navy photo # NH 105250 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center. Donation of Captain Stephen S. Roberts, USNR Ret,, 2007.
    Robert Hurst
    Beaver 92k SS Beaver in port, prior to entering Naval service, date unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 99154 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center .
    US Naval Historical Center
    Beaver 85k SS Beaver shown in one of several publicity post cards issued soon after Beaver and her sister SS Bear entered merchant service. The same image was used for both ships, but the name board on the bridge is long enough to be Beaver.
    Photo courtesy Shipscribe.com
    Mike Green
    USS Beaver (ID#2302)
    Beaver 83k Port bow view of USS Beaver (ID#2302) underway off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., when first converted to a submarine tender, circa October 1918. Note, her pattern camouflage.
    US Navy photo # NH 56365 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center .
    US Naval Historical Center
    Beaver 101k Port stern quarter view of USS Beaver (ID#2302) underway off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., when first converted to a submarine tender, circa October 1918. Note, her pattern camouflage.
    US Navy photo # NH 102998 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center .
    Robert Hurst
    Beaver 90k USS Beaver (ID#2302) at anchor off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, with six submarines alongside, circa late 1918. The submarines are (in no particular order):
    USS R-15 (Submarine # 92);
    USS R-16 (Submarine # 93);
    USS R-17 (Submarine # 94);
    USS R-18 (Submarine # 95);
    USS R-19 (Submarine # 96) and
    USS R-20 (Submarine # 97).
    US Navy photo # NH 56366 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center .
    US Naval Historical Center
    Beaver 66k USS Beaver (ID#2302) at anchor at San Diego, California, with six submarines alongside, circa late 1918.
    Photo from an AZO post card.
    David Wright
    Beaver 91k USS Beaver (ID#2302) at a tropical port, probably in the Panama Canal Zone, circa late 1918. Note, her disruptive camouflage.
    US Navy photo # NH 99183 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, collection of Chief Electrician's Mate Virgil Breland. Donated by Mrs. E.H. Breland, 1979.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Beaver 63k USS Beaver (ID#2302) in port, circa 1919, with USS R-20 (Submarine # 97) and other "R-Boats" alongside. Note, the identification symbols painted on the submarines' conning towers.
    US Navy photo # NH 56364 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    USS Beaver (AS-5)
    Beaver 253k USS Beaver (AS-5) at anchor in Boston harbor with USS S-1 (SS-105) and USS S-2 (SS-106) alongside, 15 August 1920 Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection
    Beaver 57k USS Beaver (AS-5) at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, PA., in 1920. She was then commanded by Captain Thomas C. Hart USN.
    US Navy photo # NH 95179 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, collection of Admiral Thomas C. Hart, USN.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Beaver 94k USS Beaver (AS-5) at anchor during the early 1920s, with six "S-Type" submarines alongside.
    US Navy photo # NH 69314 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of ESKC Joseph L. Aguillard, USNR, 1969.
    US Naval Historical Center
    H-2 588k USS Beaver (AS-5) with four H boats alongside, probably in July 1922. The only identifiable boats are USS H-2 (SS-29) and USS H-5 (SS-148). After reaching San Pedro, Calif., on 14 July 1922, Beaver received orders to continue on to the east coast. Departing San Pedro on the 25th, Beaver escorted eight H-boats and four L-boats south toward the Panama Canal. As the submarines were small, and suffered from engine breakdowns, the tender had to tow as many as three submarines at a time during the long stretches between ports. The convoy stopped at Magdalena Bay and Acapulco in Mexico and at Corinto, Nicaragua, before mooring at Coco Solo in the Canal Zone on 28 August. Following two weeks of repairs, the convoy transited the canal on 11 September and arrived at Hampton Roads, VA., via Key West, FL., on the 29th. Text courtesy of DANFS.
    US Navy photo, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
    Savannah 92k Control Force submarines and their tenders at Christobal, Panama Canal Zone, circa 1923. The tenders are (from left to right): USS Savannah (AS-8), USS Bushnell (AS-2), USS Beaver (AS-5) and USS Camden (AS-6). Submarines are mostly "R" type boats, among them USS R-23 (SS-100) and USS R-25 (SS-102), both in the nest alongside Savannah's port quarter. The larger submarine alongside Savannah's bow may be USS S-1 (SS-105), with her large seaplane hangar. Photo by A.E. Wells.
    US Navy photo # NH 42573 courtesy of CDR. Christopher Noble, USN (Retired), 1967. From the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Beaver 82k USS S-14 (SS-119) alongside USS Beaver (AS-5) in the Panama Canal Zone, circa the 1920s. USS S-16 (SS-121) is inboard of S-14.
    US Navy photo # NH 99184 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, courtesy of the USS Nautilus Museum, Groton, CT., 1991.
    Robert Hurst
    Beaver 83k USS Beaver (AS-5) off Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 15 March 1925. This print has been autographed by Admiral Thomas C. Hart, USN, (Retired), who commanded Beaver from 31 July 1920 to 24 February 1922, while he was a Captain.
    US Navy photo # NH 99277 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Robert Hurst
    Beaver 62k USS Beaver (AS-5) leads the destroyers USS Kidder (DD-319) and USS Macdonough (DD-331) out to sea through the Golden Gate, off San Francisco, CA., 15 April 1925.
    US Navy photo # NH 72402 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of Charles M. Loring, 1970
    US Naval Historical Center
    Beaver 80k USS Beaver (AS-5) at Pearl Harbor in 1925, with five "S-Type" submarines alongside. The barracks ship Alton (IX-5), the old protected cruiser Chicago, is in the right background. Photographed by Peck.
    US Navy photo # NH 70944 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, donation of Lieutenant Gustave Freret, USN (Retired), 1970.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Beaver 44k USS Beaver (AS-5) at anchor with British L-class submarines including HMS L-2 alongside, circa 1925, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    S-30-35 122k USS Beaver (AS-5) at Olongapo, Philippines, with six submarines alongside, March 1929, from front to rear::
    USS S-32 (SS-137);
    USS S-35 (SS-140);
    USS S-30 (SS-135);
    USS S-33 (SS-138);
    USS S-31 (SS-136); and
    USS S-34 (SS-139).
    US Navy photo # NH 59967
    U.S. Naval Historical Center
    Beaver 222k A cartoon by Al Gecchi, entitled "The Beaver Maru Tsingtao Bound", concerning USS Beaver (AS-5)'s visit to China in 1930. Collection of Chief Warrant Officer Walter D. Barry, USN. This item is on page 63 of his scrapbook "All the Dirt in the Navy, Ashore & Afloat."
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 99182
    Robert Hurst
    Beaver 91k USS Beaver (AS-5) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from Navy Recruiting Bureau, New York.
    Darryl Baker
    Beaver 39k Broadside view of USS Beaver (AS-5) underway, 7 April 1942, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Beaver 107k Aft plan view of USS Beaver (AS-5) at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 12 September 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 6423-43
    Darryl Baker
    Beaver 101k Forward plan view of USS Beaver (AS-5) at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 12 September 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 6424-43
    Darryl Baker
    Beaver 58k Stern view of USS Beaver (AS-5) departing Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 20 September 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 6581-43
    Darryl Baker
    Beaver 101k Broadside view of USS Beaver (AS-5) departing Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 20 September 1943. Beaver was at Mare Island from 5 September to 20 September 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 6583-43
    Darryl Baker
    Beaver 107k USS Beaver (AS-5) departing Mare Island Navy Yard, 20 September 1943 for duty in Alaska. Note the three 3"/50 guns clustered on the bow.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-52304, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Beaver 63k Bow on view of USS Beaver (AS-5) departing Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 20 September 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 6585-43
    Darryl Baker

    USS Beaver (AS-5)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Logan, James Alexander, USN (USNA 1910) :COMO1 October 1918 - 31 October 1919
    02LCDR. Loder, Andre William, USN (USNA 1912)31 October 1919 - 13 June 1920
    03CAPT. Hart, Thomas Charles, USN (USNA 1897) :ADM (ADDU AS-7)13 June 1920 - 15 October 1921
    04LCDR. Cooke Jr., Charles Maynard, USN (USNA 1910) (ADDU S-5)15 October3 1921 - 17 May 1921
    05LCDR. Stover, Roy LeClair, USN (USNA 1910)17 May 1921 - 19 March 1924
    06CDR. Beall Jr., Grafton Asbury19 March 1924 - 11 December 1924
    07CDR. Symington, Thomas Alexander, USN (USNA 1907)11 December 1924 - 9 May 1926
    08LCDR. Friedell, DuPree Julien, USN (USNA 1909)9 May 1926 - 25 June 1927
    09CDR. McCormack, Harvey William, USN (USNA 1907)25 June 1927 - ?
    10CDR. Blankenship, Ernest Joseph, USN (USNA 1909)26 February 1931 - 10 March 1931
    11CDR. Keys, Harlow Trask, USN (USNA 1907)10 March 1931 - 27 May 1931
    12CDR. Blankenship, Ernest Joseph, USN (USNA 1909)27 May 1931 - 29 June 1932
    13CDR. Scott, David Alexander, USN (USNA 1907)29 June 1932 - 17 February 1933
    14CDR. Lewis, Howard Kirk, USN (USNA 1907)17 February 1933 - 6 June 1936?
    15CDR. Haas, Walter Stanley, USN (USNA 1912)6 June 1936 - 30 October 1937
    16CDR. Heard, William Augustin, USN (USNA 1914)30 October 1937 - 16 December 1938
    17CDR. Hilbert, William Edward, USN (USNA 1914)16 December 1938 - 2 October 1941
    18CDR. Sprague Jr., Albert Tilden, USN (USNA 1919)2 October 1941 - 2 April 1942
    19CDR. Little, Marion Netherly, USN (USNA 1922) :RADM2 April 1942 - 28 January 1943
    20CDR. Chase, Harry Taylor, USN (USNA 1923)28 January 1943 - 3 April 1943
    21CDR. Clark, Howard Lionel, USN (USNA 1924)3 April 1943 - 23 April 1944
    22CDR. Cullen, Carl Edward, USN (USNA 1924)23 April 1944 - 2 October 1945
    23CDR. Lindsay, Hugh William, USN (USNA 1922)2 October 1945 - 17 July 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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