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Contributed by Don McGrogan, BMCS, USN Ret.

USS Argonne (AG-31)
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USS Argonne (AS-10) (1924 - 1940)
USS Argonne (AP-4) (1921 - 1924)


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Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive Pearl Harbor)
Second Row - American Defense Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal


Argonne Class Transport:
  • Built in 1920 under a USSB contract at American International Shipbuilding Corp., Hog Island, PA.
  • Acquired by the Navy, 5 November 1921
  • Commissioned USS Argonne, 8 November 1921, at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, LCDR. Theodore H. Winters in command
  • Designated AP-4, 16 November 1921
  • Converted to a Submarine Tender and redesignated (AS-10), 1 July 1924
  • Redesignated Miscellaneous Auxiliary, (AG-31) 25 July 1940
  • At the beginning of World War II in the Pacific USS Argonne was a Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941
  • Decommissioned, 15 July 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 August 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 31 July 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 14 August 1950, to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, MD.
  • USS Argonne (AG-31) was awarded one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement (AG) 8,400 t.(lt) 11,401t. (fl)
    Length 448'
    Beam 58' 3"
    Draft 18' 7" (mean)
    Speed 15.5 kts (trial)
    Complement (AG)
    Officers 26
    Enlisted 584
    Largest Boom Capacity 8 t.
    World War II Armament
    four single 5"/51 cal gun mounts
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity 10,770 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric Curtiss-type turbine
    six Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 200psi Sat.
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    two turbo-drive 200Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 6000shp
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    USS Argonne (AP-4)
    Argonne 71k USS Argonne (AP-4) off Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 4 July 1923, in her original configuration as a transport. Note the lifeboats for passengers on the main deckhouse.
    US Navy photo # NH 99115 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, collection of Lieutenant Kelly Green.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Argonne 125k USS Argonne (AP-4) mascot "Kowkow," alias "Suitcase," circa mid-1920s Ric Hedman
    Argonne 287k USS Argonne (AP-4) leaving drydock #2 at Mare Island Navy Yard, 16 April 1926, following overhaul.
    File name: AP 4 04161926, US Navy photo from Mare Island Naval Shipyard newspaper "Grapevine" of 12 August 1994.
    Darryl Baker
    USS Argonne (AS-10)
    Argonne 87k A view from above the bridge looking forward as USS Argonne (AS-10) headed into heavy seas, during the 1920s or 1930s. The crowsnest, suspended between the forward kingposts, appears to be manned.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 57639.
    Robert Hurst
    Argonne 77k A view looking forward from the USS Argonne (AS-10)'s bridge, while she was passing through a Panama Canal lock, circa 1933-1935. Note the ship's bell and forward lookout station mounted on her kingposts.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 99129, from the collection of Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN.
    Robert Hurst
    Argonne 115k USS Argonne (AS-10) at San Diego, CA., 10 December 1927 with submarines (from left to right):
    USS V-2 (SF-5) later renamed Bass;
    USS V-1 (SF-4), later renamed Barracuda; and
    USS V-3 (SF-6), later renamed Bonita.
    US Navy photo # NH 69094 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, San Francisco, CA., 1969.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Argonne 131k USS Argonne (AS-10) in Panama waters, 1927-1928, while en route to join the Battle Fleet. The submarines alongside her are (from outboard to inboard):
    USS V-2 (SF-5), later renamed Bass;
    USS V-1 (SF-4), later renamed Barracuda; and
    USS V-3 (SF-6), later renamed Bonita.
    US Navy photo # NH 61683 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Argonne 108k Port side view of USS Argonne (AS-10) at San Diego, CA., date unknown, with submarines alongside.
    US Navy photo.
    Courtesy Randy Guttery
    Tendertales Web Site
    Argonne 51k USS Argonne (AS-10) at anchor, circa 1930s. Note that she has an apparent rangefinder over the bridge even though she carries no armament.
    US Navy photo # NH 67497 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Argonne 68k USS Argonne (AS-10) at anchor, circa 1930s. Note that she has an apparent rangefinder over the bridge even though she carries no armament.
    US Navy photo # NH 58034 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, collection of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN, who (as a Captain) returned to the U.S. from Pearl Harbor on board Argonne in 1922.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Argonne 83k USS Argonne (AS-10) at New York City, probably during one of her visits there in 1930 or 1934.
    US Navy photo # NH 83457 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Argonne 63k USS Argonne (AS-10) moored to a buoy in the mid-1930s, location unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 99116 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, collection of Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Argonne 58k USS Argonne (AS-10) moored to a buoy in the mid-1930s, location unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 57638 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Argonne 69k USS Argonne (AS-10) at anchor off Kanaga Island, Aleutians Islands, Alaska, circa 1933. Kanaga volcano in the background.
    File name: File name: AP 4 04161926, US Navy photo.
    Darryl Baker
    Argonne 97k USS Argonne (AS-10) underway in the Panama Canal, circa 1930-40.
    US Navy photo.
    Brad Proffitt for his father Floyd Proffitt, USS Thresher, SS-200
    USS Argonne (AG-31)
    Argonne 52k USS Argonne (AG-31) at Navy Yard Pearl Harbor as flagship for the Base Force, 11 August 1941. Her camouflage is Measure 1 (dark gray with light gray mast tops), and she is flying the flags G-31--her hull number. The four-piper destroyers (or DM/DMS conversions) in the background are also in Measure One camouflage, with haze grey masts and funnel tops.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-25207, from the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the U.S. National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Argonne 78k USS Argonne (AG-31) at Navy Yard Pearl Harbor, 11 August 1941, during a refit. The ship, previously unarmed, had her long-assigned armament of 4 5"/51 guns (one visible here) and 4 3" anti-aircraft guns installed during this refit. The two forward kingposts have been removed and the crowsnest relocated high up just before the bridge. The ship is being repainted into Measure One camouflage. The car on the pier is parked in a space marked "Commanding Officer, USS Argonne".
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-25204, from the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the U.S. National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Argonne 65k USS Argonne (AG-31) at Navy Yard Pearl Harbor, 11 August 1941, during a refit. The provisional anti-aircraft armament of 4 3"/23 guns installed during this refit in the new gun tubs just aft of the stack was replaced in May 1942 by 4 3"/50 AA guns. Note the two styles of life rafts (also added during this refit) and the cars in marked parking spaces on the pier.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-25206, from the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the U.S. National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Argonne 71k USS Argonne (AG-31) at Navy Yard Pearl Harbor, 11 August 1941, during a refit. The ship, previously unarmed, had her long-assigned armament of 4 5"/51 guns (one visible here) and 4 3" anti-aircraft guns installed during this refit. The ship is being repainted into Measure One camouflage.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-25205, from the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the U.S. National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Argonne 101k Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941. View looking toward 1010 Dock, with USS Oglala (CM-4) capsized in the foreground. To the left is Argonne (AG-31), with USS Sacramento (PG-19) barely visible beyond her.
    US Navy photo # NH 83066, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, collection of Vice Admiral Homer N. Wallin.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Argonne 152k
    USS Argonne (AG-31) at Pearl Harbor in May 1942, protected by anti-torpedo nets.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-30204 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Argonne 91k USS Argonne (AG-31) at Seeadler Harbor, Manu, Admiralty Islands, 10 November 1944 after the explosion of USS Mount Hood (AE-11). Argonne was damaged from the concussion of the explosion as well as the Quonset huts atop barge YF-681 that was alongside Argonne at the time of the blast.
    US Navy photo # NH 95406, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, copied from the War Diary, Manus Naval Base, for November 1944.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Argonne 74k USS Argonne (AG-31) underway in San Francisco Bay, CA., between late 1945 and mid-1946. The ship may be concluding a voyage bringing servicemen home from the Western Pacific as part of Operation "Magic Carpet." The gun tub on the forecastle was added in 1942 for 20mm anti-aircraft guns.
    US Navy photo # NH 98750, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, donation of Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003.
    US Naval Historical Center


    For more photos and information about USS Argonne, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Pearl Harbor Action Report
  • Submarine Tenders of the United States Navy
  • Commanding Officers

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S.Navy Memorial Foundation

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