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USCGC Acushnet (WMEC-167)
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
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
    Displacement 1,897 t.
    Length 213' 6"
    Beam 39'
    Draft 14' 4"
    Speed 14.8 kts. (trial)
    Officers 7
    Enlisted 113
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    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
    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
    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 77k USCG Acushnet (WAT-167) underway, circa 1957, location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo # 050571003, 11th Coast Guard District photo, 1957
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office
    Shackle 61k USCG Acushnet (WAT-167) underway, 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) underway, date and location unknown. Ken Laesser
    Shackle 59k USCGC Acushnet (WAT-167) underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    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

    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
  • Commanding Officers

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

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