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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:
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
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)
Displacement 1,897 t.
Length 213' 6"
Draft 14' 8"
Speed 15 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
four .50 cal. machine guns
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) under way, date and location unknown. US Navy photo
||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 Shipscribe.com
||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.)
USS Diver (ARS-5)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Terrio, Alexis Thomas, USN||23 October 1943 - 24 January 1944|
|02||LT. Hollyer, Daniel D.||24 January 1944 - 26 July 1945|
|03||LT. Cheney, Harlan Lon||26 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
Last Updated 18 November 2016
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|