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USCGC Acushnet (WMEC-167)
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USCGC Acushnet (WAGO-167) (1971 - 1978)
USCGC Acushnet (WAT-167) (1946 - 1971)
USS Shackle (ARS-9) (1944 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - November - Lima - Alpha
NNLA
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Diver Class Rescue and Salvage Ship:
  • Laid down, 26 October 1942, at Basalt Rock Co., Napa, CA.
  • Launched, 1 April 1943
  • Commissioned USS Shackle (ARS-9), 5 February 1944, LT. Charles G. Jenkins, Jr., in command
  • During WWII USS Shackle was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 10 March 1945
    Minesweeping Operations Pacific
    Juneau (East China Sea) 5 to 31 July 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 30 June 1945
     

  • Following World War II USS Shackle performed occupation duty in the Far East from 2 September to 27 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 29 June 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to US Coast Guard and commissioned USCGC Acushnet (WAT-167), 23 August 1946
  • Redesignated Research Vessel (WAGO-167) in 1971
  • Redesignated Medium Endurance Cutter (WMEC-167) in 1978
  • Decommissioned and sold via GSA auction, 17 March 2011, at Ketchikan, AK.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Shackle earned three battle stars during World War II
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,897 t.
    Length 213' 6"
    Beam 39'
    Draft 14' 4"
    Speed 14.8 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 7
    Enlisted 113
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four .50 cal machine guns
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel - 2,150 Bbls
    Gasoline - 2,500 Gals
    Propulsion
    four Combustion Engineering GSB-8 Diesel engines
    double 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, 3,460shp

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    USS Shackle (ARS-9)
    Shackle 336k USS Shackle (ARS-9) at anchor during World War II, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Shackle 269k USS Shackle (ARS-9) conducting salvage operations off Okinawa in 1945.
    Photo courtesy LT. Kirk C. Fistick, USCG.
    Robert Hurst
    Shackle 452k USS Shackle (ARS-9) salvage diver SF1/c Jack B. Kirch, USN.
    Photo courtesy LT. Kirk C. Fistick, USCG.
    Robert Hurst
    USCGC Acushnet (WAT-167)
    Shackle 52k Ex-USS Shackle (ARS-9) in US Coast Guard service as USCG Acushnet (WAT-167) underway, circa 1948, location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Shackle 61k USCG Acushnet (WAT-167) under way, circa 1960, location unknown.
    Official US Coast Guard photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1961-62 edition.
    Robert Hurst
    Shackle 47k USCGC Acushnet (WAT-167) under way, date and location unknown. Ken Laesser
    Shackle 59k USCGC Acushnet (WAT-167) under way, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Shackle 321k USCGC Acushnet (WAT-167) between icebergs while conducting an International Ice Patrol mission, date unknown.
    Image courtesy of LT Kirk Fistick, USCG.
    Robert Hurst
    USCGC Acushnet (WAGO-167)
    Shackle 77k USCG Acushnet (WAGO-167) under way, circa 1975, location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo # 050571003, 11th Coast Guard District photo, 1957
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office
    USCGC Acushnet (WMEC-167)
    Shackle 25k USCGC Acushnet (WMEC-167) underway, date and location unknown. Ken Laesser
    Shackle 1191k USCGC Acushnet (WMEC-167) underway in the Port Of Wellington New Zealand, 20 December1978. K. Wood photo. Photo from the Chris Howell collection with copyright
    Shackle 57k USCGC Acushnet (WMEC-167) underway in Alaskan waters, date unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office
    Shackle 216k USCGC Acushnet (WMEC-167) underway at Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska, date unknown.
    Library of Congress, Photo No. HAER-AK-49-5
    Mike Green
    Shackle 115k USCGC Acushnet (WMEC-167) arriving at Kodiak, AK, 26 August 2008.
    Photo courtesy Marine Exchange Alaska.
    Robert Hurst
    Shackle 56k USCGC Acushnet (WMEC-167) under way in Alaskan waters, 15 April 2009.
    Photo courtesy Marine Exchange Alaska.
    Robert Hurst
    Shackle 138k USCGC Acushnet (WMEC-167) moored pierside during a port call at Juneau, AK, 23 September 2009.
    Photo courtesy Marine Exchange Alaska.
    Robert Hurst
    Shackle 219k USCGC Acushnet (WMEC-167) crew members inspecting a NOAA weather buoy in Alaskan waters, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy Marine Exchange Alaska.
    Robert Hurst
    Shackle 91k USCGC Acushnet (WMEC-167) under way in a dense fog in Alaskan waters, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy Marine Exchange Alaska.
    Robert Hurst
    Shackle 278k USCGC Acushnet (WMEC-167) moored pierside at Ketchikan, AL, 11 March 2011. She is dressed overall with flags ready for her decommissioning ceremony to begin.
    Photo courtesy Marine Exchange Alaska.
    Robert Hurst
    Shackle 110k USCGC Acushnet (WMEC-167) undated side profile diagram.
    Library of Congress, Photo No. HAER-AK-49
    Mike Green
    Shackle 119k USCGC Acushnet (WMEC-167) undated inboard profile diagram.
    Library of Congress, Photo No. HAER-AK-49
    Mike Green


    For more photos and information about USS Shackle / USCGC Acushnet see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • US Coast Guard Historian's Office - Acushnet (WMEC-167)
  • National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
  • Mitchell Kaye Photo Collection

  • Commanding Officers
    01LT. Jenkins Jr., Charles Grandison, USN5 February 1944 - ?ARS-9
    02LT. Van Horne, Roscoe Mathieson, USNWW IIARS-9
     Decommissioned29 June 1946 
    01CDR. Johnson, Frank K., USCG23 August 1946 - 1949WAT-167
    02CDR. Joseph, John M., USCG1950 - 1952WAT-167
    03CDR. MacLellan, N. D., USCG1952 - 1955WAT-167
    04LCDR. Lutz, Paul A., USCG1955 - 1957WAT-167
    05CDR. Lynch, Harold F., USCG1957 - May 1959WAT-167
    06CDR. Heckman, Albert A. :RADM, USCGMay 1959 - July 1961WAT-167
    07CDR. Westfall, Neal O., USCGJuly 1961 - 1963WAT-167
    08CDR. Kolkhorst, Bernard E., USCG1963 - 1965WAT-167
    09CDR. Ensrud, Norman P., USCG1965 - 1966WAT-167
    10 CDR. Knapp, Richard J. :RADM, USCG1966 - August 1968WAT-167
    11CDR. Morrison, Arthur G., USCGAugust 1968 - 1971WAT-167 / WAGO-167
    12CDR. Garnett, Donald D., USCG1971 - 1973WAGO-167
    13CDR. Flanders, William M., USCG1973 - 1975 WAGO-167
    14CDR. Busby, Charles W., USCG1975 - 1977WAGO-167
    15CDR. Peck, Alan C., USCG1977 - 1979WMEC-167
    16CDR. Nelson, Gary C., USCG1979 - 1981WMEC-167
    17CDR. Carbone, Anthony R., USCG1981 - 1983WMEC-167
    18CDR. Park, Charles S., USCG1983 - 1985WMEC-167
    19CDR. Lundberg, Douglas D., USCG1985 - 1987WMEC-167
    20CDR. McDonough, William H., USCG 1987 - 1989WMEC-167
    21CDR. Calhoun, John G., USCG1989 - 1991WMEC-167
    22CDR. Yearout, Thomas D., USCG1991 - 1993WMEC-167
    23CDR. Capacci, George A., USCG1993 - 1995WMEC-167
    24CDR. Carpenter, Lance W., USCG1995 - 2 June 1997WMEC-167
    25CDR. Vose, Lawrence C., USCG2 June 1997 - 1999WMEC-167
    26CDR. Preston, Richard J., USCG1999 - 2001WMEC-167
    27CAPT. Inman, Michael D., USCG2001 - 8 July 2003WMEC-167
    28CAPT. Wiedenhoeft, Paul E., USCG8 July 2003 - 21 July 2005WMEC-167
    29CDR. Stegman, Marc D., USCG21 July 2005 - 2007WMEC-167
    30CDR. Sugimoto, Andrew M., USCG2007 - 22 July 2009WMEC-167
    31CAPT. Frankford, Mark D., USCG22 July 2009 - 11 March 2011WMEC-167
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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