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Contributed by Don McGrogan, BMCS, USN Ret.

USS Apollo (AS-25)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Victor - Alpha
NUVA
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Aegir Class Submarine Tender:
  • Laid down, 24 June 1943 as a Maritime Commission, type (C3-S-A2) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 860) at Ingalls Shipbuilding Co., Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 6 November 1943
  • Acquired by the Navy, 31 December 1943 and placed in temporary commission for passage to her conversion yard
  • Decommissioned, 14 January 1944 and turned over to Atlantic Basin Iron Works, Brooklyn, N.Y. for conversion to a Submarine Tender
  • Placed in full commission, as USS Apollo (AS-25), 29 September 1944, CDR. Charles D. Schutz in command
  • During World War II USS Apollo was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, Apra Harbor, Guam
  • Decommissioned, 12 February 1946 at New London, CT. and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, New London, CT.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1963
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in 1974 to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 16,500 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 27'
    Speed 18.4 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers - 82
    Enlisted - 1,378
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Armament
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin40mm AA gun mounts
    twenty single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity - Diesel 20,300 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Westinghouse geared turbine
    two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers 465psi 765°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
    Ship's Service Generators, four turbo-drive, 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 8,500shp
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    Apollo 115k USS Apollo (AS-25) loading supplies off New York circa late 1944. Covered lighter YF-236 and a tug are alongside.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-73530, RG-19-LCM, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Apollo 72k Front and back of photo of USS Apollo (AS-25) given to crew members while the ship was tending submarines at New Orleans in October 1945 . Wally Sunderhauf USS Apollo
    Apollo 91k
    Apollo 161k Artifacts made in the machine shops of USS Apollo (AS-25). C.W.Sunderhauf
    Apollo 41k USS Apollo (AS-25) crew members, from left to right; Andy Anderson, Danels, Bill Adair, and C.W. Sunderhauf. C.W.Sunderhauf
    Apollo
    Front
    123k USS Apollo (AS-25) Decommissioning Commemorative Coin.
    The "coin" is 2 inches in diameter and 1/8 of an inch thick and made of Aluminum. Front; a profile of the Apollo and submarines moored to her port side and the words "1945 Service Medal". Back; "SUBSQDN 28" and a list of ports visited or stationed during the war. "New London", "Panama", "Diego" (meaning San Diego), "Pearl" and "Guam". All ports listed were on her war time cruise itinerary. These names surround a montage of enlisted ratings symbols found aboard Apollo.
    Ric Hedman
    Apollo
    Back
    214k

    USS Apollo (AS-25)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
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    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Schultz, Charles D. USNR31 December 1943 - 14 January 1944
     Decommissioned14 January 1944 - 29 September 1944
    02CAPT McCutchen, John Chapman29 September 1944 - 1 June 1945
    03CAPT Hardin, James Thomas1 June 1945 -19 December 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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