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USS Cable (ARS-19)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Xray - Oscar

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

Diver Class Rescue and Salvage Ship:
  • Laid down, 24 November 1942, at Basalt Rock Co., Napa, CA.
  • Launched, 1 April 1943
  • Commissioned USS Cable (ARS-19), 6 March 1944, LCDR. Harold Pond, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Cable was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 18 October to 29 November 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 to 13 January 1945
    Borneo operation
    Balikpapan operation, 26 June to 7 July 1945

  • Decommissioned, 15 September 1947, at Boston, MA. and loaned for commercial service
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 April 1977
  • USS Cable earned the Navy Unit Commendation for service in Salvage, Fire Fighting, and Rescue Unit, Service Force, 7th Fleet - Philippine Islands area, 20 October 1944 to 10 January 1945 and three battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target, 7 August 1978, by USS Valdez (FF-1096)
    Displacement 1,897 t.
    Length 213' 6"
    Beam 39'
    Draft 14' 8"
    Speed 15 kts.
    Officers 7
    Enlisted 113
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four .50 cal. machine guns
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel 2,150 Bbls
    Gasoline 2,560 Gals
    four Cooper Bessemer GSR-8 Diesel-electric engines
    single 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, 3,000shp

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    Cable 25k USS Cable , moored pierside, circa 1944, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

    USS Cable (ARS-19)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Pond, Hartwell, USNR6 March 1944 - 29 August 1945
    02LT. Strafford, Thomas Francis29 August 1945 - January 1946
    03LCDR. Beyer, Fred William, USNJanuary 1946 - 1 August 1947
    04CHBOSN. Henslee, Owen Alvice USN1 August 1947 - 15 September 1947

    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
    Bangor Public Library - Digital Commons - History of U.S.S. Cable
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