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USS Curb (ARS-21)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Alpha - Bravo

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Diver Class Rescue and Salvage Ship:
  • Laid down (date unknown) at Basalt Rock Co., Napa, CA.
  • Launched, 24 April 1943
  • Commissioned USS Curb (ARS-21), 12 May 1944, LT. Charles Peterson, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, 20 December 1946, at Orange, TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange, TX.
  • Loaned to the commercial salvage firm, Merritt Chapman & Scott, 10 May 1947
  • Returned for lay up in the Reserve Fleet, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 30 April 1981
  • Final Disposition, scrapped, 23 February 1982, hulk sunk as an artificial reef off Key West FL., 23 November 1983
    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 2,300 Bbls
    Gasoline 2,450 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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    Curb 52k USS Curb (ARS-21) on trials in the Napa River, CA., 16 May 1944 just after her commissioning.
    US Navy photo # Unknown, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Curb 30k USS Curb (ARS-21) underway, date and location unknown. Orvid Jeppson for his father-in-law William Hiram Francis MoMM/3c USS Curb, 1944-46.
    Curb 28k USS Curb (ARS-21) underway, date and location unknown. Orvid Jeppson for his father-in-law William Hiram Francis MoMM/3c USS Curb, 1944-46.

    USS Curb (ARS-21)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Peterson, Charles, USNR12 May 1944 - 27 July 1945
    02LT. Pickett, Alvin Timothy, USNR27 July 1945 - 22 October 1945
    03LT. Larson, Arnold Leonard, USNR22 October 1945 - 20 December 1946

    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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