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USS Restorer (ARS-17)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Victor - Kilo
NIVK
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal



USS Restorer (ARS-17) was transferred to Denmark renamed KDMS Vitus Bering
Anchor Class Rescue and Salvage Ship:
  • Laid down, 25 March 1942, at Snow Shipyards, Inc., Rockland, ME.
  • Launched, 24 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS Restorer (ARS-17), 6 October 1943, LT. C. M. Boyd, USNR, in command
  • During WWII USS Restorer was assigned to Europe-Africa Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    West Coast of Italy operations
    Anzio-Nuttuno, 28 February to 1 March 1944
    Invasion of Southern France
    15 August to 25 September 1944

  • Decommissioned, 6 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 22 April 1947 for disposal
  • Sold to Denmark and commissioned into the Royal Danish Navy, 27 February 1948, as KDMS Vitus Bering, at New Orleans, LA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Restorer earned two battle stars 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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    Restorer 109k USS Restorer (ARS-17) running the measured mile off Rockland, ME., 5 October 1943, one day before commissioning.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. Photo No. 19-N-61961
    a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives. Courtesy Shipscribe.com
    Ron Reeves
    Restorer 56k USS Restorer (ARS-17) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Ron Titus

    USS Restorer (ARS-17)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Boyd, C. M., USNR6 October 1943 - 26 August 1945
    02LT. Rogers, John Walton, USN26 August 1945 - 6 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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    Last Updated 17 July 2015