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USS Griffin (AS-13)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Bravo - Kilo

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal (with bronze "A") - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row -Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal


Griffin Class Submarine Tender:
  • Laid down as SS Mormacpenn, a Maritime Commission type (C3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 44), at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Co., Chester, PA.
  • Launched, 11 October 1939
  • Acquired by the US Navy in 1940
  • Converted to a Submarine Tender at Robbins Dry Dock and Repair Co., Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Commissioned USS Griffin (AS-13), 31 July 1941, CDR. S. D. Jupp in command
  • During World War II USS Griffin was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 12 October 1945, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1972 and transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 April 1973
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,613 t.(lt) 14,500 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 24' 3" (lim)
    Speed 16.5 kts. (design)
    Complement
    Officers - 87
    Enlisted - 1424
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity - Diesel 22,000 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Busch-Sulzer Diesel engine
    single Falk Main Reduction Gear
    six diesel-drive Ship's Service Generators, 275Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    Griffin 75k SS Mormacpenn underway prior to being converted to a submarine tender, circa 1940. Michael Loveall for his father Huey Loveall USS Griffin
    USS Griffin (AS-13)
    Griffin 22k A Chief Torpedoman aboard USS Griffin (AS-13) paints another "hashmark" on the Torpedo Shop scoreboard of Japanese ships claimed sunk by SubRon 5's "S-Boats", operating out of Brisbane, Australia, during April-November 1942. Submarines listed on the scoreboard include;
    USS S-37 (SS-142),
    USS S-38 (SS-143),
    USS S-39 (SS-144),
    USS S-40 (SS-145),
    USS S-41 (SS-146),
    USS S-42 (SS-153),
    USS S-43 (SS-154),
    USS S-44 (SS-155),
    USS S-45 (SS-156),
    USS S-46 (SS-157), and
    USS S-47 (SS-158).
    The original caption dates the photo 7 January 1943, but it may have been taken earlier, as Griffin left Australia in November 1942.
    US National Archives photo 80-G-77065, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Courtesy Randy Guttery
    Tendertales Web Site
    Griffin 77k Stern view of USS Griffin (AS-13) at anchor off San Francisco, CA., 17 April 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 2734-43.
    Darryl Baker
    Griffin 62kBroadside view of USS Griffin (AS-13) at anchor off San Francisco, CA., 17 April 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 2736-43.
    Darryl Baker
    Griffin 64k Bows on view of USS Griffin (AS-13) at anchor off San Francisco, CA., 17 April 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 2738-43.
    Darryl Baker
    Griffin 92k USS Griffin (AS-13) at anchor near Mare Island Navy Yard, 22 April 1943.
    US National Archives photo 19-N-48385, RG-19-LCM, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Griffin
    #19-N-62742
    85k USS Griffin (AS-13) at anchor near Mare Island Navy Yard, 5 March 1944. The ship has undergone a major reconfiguration in which the superstructure was extended forward of the bridge, the after goalpost mast was replaced by a light pole, and the 5" gun on the stern was also removed.
    US National Archives photos # 19-N-62742 and 19-N-62744 RG-19-LCM, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Griffin
    #19-N-62744
    93k
    Griffin 71k Bows on view of USS Griffin (AS-13) departing Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 5 March 1944. ARD-11 is just visible in the background to the left (under the two hammer head cranes).
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1516-44.
    Darryl Baker
    Griffin 74k Stern view of USS Griffin (AS-13) off Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 5 March 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1517-44.
    Darryl Baker
    Griffin 78k Broadside view of USS Griffin (AS-13) off Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 5 March 1944. Griffin was in overhaul at Mare Island from 10 January to 9 March 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1520-44.
    Darryl Baker
    Griffin 127k Amidships looking aft plan view of USS Griffin (AS-13) at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 7 March 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1553-44.
    Darryl Baker
    Griffin 190k Amidships looking forward plan view of USS Griffin (AS-13) at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 7 March 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1554-44. The Naval Hospital is the large group of building in the background.
    Darryl Baker
    Griffin 364k King Neptune and his court pay a visit to USS Griffin (AS-13) when she crossed the equator, date unknown. Michael Loveall for his father Huey Loveall USS Griffin
    Griffin 95k Griffin (AS-13) divers in their shallow water diving gear, date and location unknown. Michael Loveall for his father Huey Loveall USS Griffin
    Griffin 69k USS Griffin (AS-13) moored, probably at Mios Woendi, Dutch New Guinea, circa 8 December 1944 to 1 February 1945. She has four submarines alongside, the battle damaged USS LaVallette (DD-448) and USS LST-457. Michael Loveall for his father Huey Loveall USS Griffin
    Griffin 233k USS Griffin (AS-13) diver Huey Loveall, receives the Navy-Marine Corps Medal for heroism. Griffin's divers received the medal for distinguishing themselves by their acts of heroism while diving to repair the battle damaged USS LaVallette (DD-448) at Subic Bay. Michael Loveall for his father Huey Loveall USS Griffin
    Griffin 381k USS Griffin (AS-13) diver Huey Loveall in his deep sea diving suit. Michael Loveall for his father Huey Loveall USS Griffin
    Griffin 300k USS Griffin (AS-13) officers, probably a photo of CO, XO and Department heads, date and location unknown. Michael Loveall for his father Huey Loveall USS Griffin
    Griffin 255k Photograph of seven USS Griffin (AS-13) enlisted personal, probably the ships' divers, taken on 3 August 1945, at Midway Island. Michael Loveall for his father Huey Loveall USS Griffin
    Griffin 242k USS Griffin (AS-13) with three submarines alongside at Midway between 26 August and 1 September 1945. Photo taken from USS Gurnard (SS-254) by ChMoMM Benton E. Buell David Buell
    Griffin 536k Newspaper article from Mare Island Navy Yard and official US Navy photo of the decommissioning of USS Griffin (AS-13), 12 October 1945. Darryl Baker
    Pelias 220k Overhead view of, from front to back,
    USS Griffin (AS-13),
    USS Euryale (AS-22),
    USS Aegir (AS-23), and
    USS Pelias (AS-14)
    moored in the Reserve Fleet, at Mare Island Navy Shipyard, Vallejo, CA. with 52 mothballed World War II submarines, circa 1946
    Darryl Baker

    USS Griffin (AS-13)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Jupp, Stanley Dexter :COMO31 July 1941 - 3 July 1942
    02CAPT. Thorp, Wakeman Blanchard3 July 1942 - 4 July 1944
    03CAPT. Madden, John FitzPatrick4 July 1944 - May 1945
    04LCDR. Schoenfeld, Stanley J.May 1945 - 4 July 1945
    05CDR. Brown, Thomas Marlham :RADM4 July 1945 - 12 October 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Submarine Tenders of the United States Navy
    Duty aboard Griffin (AS-13) as told by Arthur S. Harrell
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