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Contributed by Don McGrogan, BMCS, USN Ret.

USS Apollo (AS-25)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Victor - Alpha
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 reduced commission for passage to her conversion yard at Brooklyn, N. Y., LCDR. Charles D. Schutz, USNR (Aux. Ferry Crew #5) in command
  • Decommissioned, 14 January 1944 and turned over to Atlantic Basin Iron Works, Brooklyn, N.Y. for conversion to a Submarine Tender
  • Commissioned USS Apollo (AS-25), 29 September 1944, CAPT. John C. McCutchen, USN (23), 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.
    Displacement 16,500 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 27'
    Speed 18.4 kts. (trial)
    Officers - 82
    Enlisted - 1,378
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    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
    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 219k USS Apollo (AS-25) starboard quarter aerial view, 17 October 1944. Taken by US Navy lighter-than-air squadron ZP-12, NAS Lakehurst, N.J. Apollo is wearing camouflage scheme 31/12f. The colors are dull black, navy green and haze green.
    US National Archives Photo # 80-G-286080, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives. Courtesy of C. Lee Johnson,
    Mike Green
    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
    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

    USS Apollo (AS-25)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Commanding Officers
     CDR. Schultz, Charles David USNR31 December 1943 - 14 January 1944 (Ferry Command Crew #5)
     Decommissioned14 January 1944 - 29 September 1944
    01CAPT. McCutchen, John Chapman, USN (USNA 1923)29 September 1944 - 28 February 1945
    02CDR. Johnson, Carl Arthur, USN (USNA 1925)28 February 1945 - 15 March 1945
    03CAPT. McCutchen, John Chapman15 March 1945 - 2 June 1945
    04CAPT. Hardin, James Thomas2 June 1945 -19 December 1945
     Commissioned in Reserve16 October 1946 -12 February 1947
    06LT. Hutchins, Linwood Johnson, USNR12 January 1947 -12 February 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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