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USS Extricate (ARS-16)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
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, 18 March 1942, at Snow Shipyards, Inc., Rockland, ME.
  • Launched, 12 September 1942
  • Commissioned USS Extricate (ARS-16), 27 July 1943, LT. Amie, J. Roy, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Extricate (ARS-16) was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns;

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944 Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 29 to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Extricate was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 5 December 1945
  • Final Disposition, sunk, 9 October 1945, during "Typhoon Louise" in Buckner Bay, Okinawa
  • Decommissioned, 4 December 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 January 1946
  • USS Extricate earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, destroyed with explosives 4 March 1946
    Displacement 1,615 t.(fl)
    Length 183' 3"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 14' 8"
    Speed 12 kts
    Officers 6
    Enlisted 59
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    one single 3"/50 cal gun mount
    four single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel 1,000 Bbls
    Gasoline 3,000 Gals
    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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    262k USS Extricate (ARS-16) astern of USS Menominee (ATF-73) alongside the port quarter of USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) doing pump and salvage on the morning of 13 August 1945. Pennsylvania had been torpedoed at 2045 the evening before in Buckner Bay, Okinawa. Views from the USS Putnam (DD-757) gig , collection of George Hanse Eric Hansen and
    John Chiquoine

    USS Extricate (ARS-16)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Roy, Amie Jerome, USNR27 July 1943 - 5 September 1943
    02LCDR. Runyon Michael Paul, USNR5 September 1943 - 16 December 1943
    03LT. Rooklidge, Chester Howard, USNR16 December 1943 - 16 September 1944
    04LT. Ferguson, James Homer, USNR16 September 1944 - 4 December 1945
    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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