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USS Anchor (ARS-13)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Sierra - Yankee
NQSY
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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Anchor Class Rescue and Salvage Ship
  • Laid down, 30 April 1942, at Colberg Boat Works, Stockton, CA.
  • Launched, 13 March 1943
  • Commissioned, USS Anchor (ARS-13), 23 October 1943, at Stockton, CA., LT. Rudolph M. Brunner USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Anchor (ARS-13) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign;
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 5 to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Anchor preformed Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 23 February 1946
  • Decommissioned, 16 September 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 13 November 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission and sold 23 May 1947 to L. E. Castell, Seattle, WA.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Anchor earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,615 t.(fl)
    Length 183' 3"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 14' 8"
    Speed 12 kts
    Complement
    Officers 6
    Enlisted 59
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 cal gun mount
    four single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel 1,000 Bbls
    Gasoline 3,000 Gals
    Propulsion
    four Hoover, Owens, Rentschler Co. 685A Diesel-electric engines
    three Diesel-drive 40Kw 240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    Anchor 62k USS Anchor (ARS-13) under construction at the Colberg Boat Works, Stockton, CA. circa 1943.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo by Colberg Boat Works, courtesy of National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors, contributed by Bill Mozingo.
    Robert Hurst
    Anchor 40k Starboard bow view of USS Anchor (ARS-13) ready for launching at the Colberg Boat Works, Stockton, CA., 13 March 1943.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo by Colberg Boat Works, courtesy of National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors, contributed by Bill Mozingo.
    Robert Hurst
    Anchor 31k Port side view of USS Anchor (ARS-13) at the Colberg Boat Works, Stockton, CA. after launching on 13 March 1943.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo by Colberg Boat Works, courtesy of National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors, contributed by Bill Mozingo.
    Robert Hurst
    Anchor 35k USS Anchor (ARS-13) underway near the Colberg Boat Works, Stockton, CA., probably during acceptance trials in October 1943.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo by Colberg Boat Works, courtesy of National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors, contributed by Bill Mozingo.
    Robert Hurst
    Anchor 75k USS Anchor (ARS-13) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Anchor 50k USS Anchor (ARS-13) at anchor, circa 1945-46.
    US Navy photo # NH 83809 from DANFS
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    USS Anchor (ARS-13)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Brunner, Rudolph Martin USNR23 October 1943 - 18 September 1944
    02LT. Joyal, George Edward USN18 September 1944 - 4 October 1944
    03LT. Hill, Jesse Lee USN4 October 1944 - August 1945
    04LT. Cruise, Richard James USNRAugust 1945 - December 1945
    05LTjg. Metz Jr., William Charles USNRDecember 1945 - 16 September 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
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
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    Last Updated 3 May 2013