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USS Diver (ARS-5)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Mike - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Europe clasp)

Diver Class Rescue and Salvage Ship
  • Laid down, 6 April 1942, at Basalt Rock Co., Napa, CA.
  • Launched, 19 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS Diver (ARS-5), 23 October 1943, LT. Alexis T. Terrio in command
  • During World War II USS Diver was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
    Task Group 122.3 - Salvage and Fire Fighting Group (Wreck Dispersal Vessel)
  • Following World War II USS Diver was assigned to Occupation service in the European area from 21 June to 22 August 1945
  • Decommissioned, 27 July 1946, at Orange, TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • SECNAV authorized sale of ex-Diver, 2 February 1949
  • Sold, 12 April 1949, delivered to Merritt-Chapman & Scott Corp. for reuse as a salvage vessel, renamed MV Rescue
  • USS Diver earned one battle star during World War II
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,897 t.
    Length 213' 6"
    Beam 39'
    Draft 14' 8"
    Speed 15 kts.
    Officers 7
    Enlisted 113
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four .50 cal. machine guns
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel 2,150 Bbls
    Gasoline 2,560 Gals
    four Cooper Bessemer GSR-8 Diesel-electric engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 200Kw 120V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    twin propellers, 3,000shp

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    USS Diver (ARS-5)
    Diver 39k USS Diver (ARS-5) under way, date and location unknown. US Navy photo Wayne Boyle
    Diver 103k USS Diver (ARS-5) moored alongside a sunken ship blocking piers in Cherburg Harbor, France. The ship had been sunk by the Germans. Note Divers twin kingposts, twin booms, and stern anchor. The wooden boat alongside was used to detect magnetic mines.
    US National Archives, RG-80-G. Photo # 80-G-256076 courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Commercial Service
    Diver 216k Undated photo of the salvage ship MV Rescue (ex-USS Diver(ARS-5) operated in the post-war period by Merritt-Chapman and Scott Co.
    Photo from "Mud, Muscles and Miracles" by Captain Charles A. Bartholomew, USN, and Commander William I. Milwee, Jr., USN (Ret.)
    Robert Hurst

    USS Diver (ARS-5)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Terrio, Alexis Thomas, USN23 October 1943 - 24 January 1944
    02LT. Hollyer, Daniel D.24 January 1944 - 26 July 1945
    03LT. Cheney, Harlan Lon26 July 1945 - 27 August 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Diver ARS-5
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
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