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USS Clamp (ARS-33)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Echo - Oscar
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - 10 November 1943)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal
Diver Class Rescue and Salvage Ship:
Laid down, 3 February 1942, as HMS Atlantic Salvor (BARS-3), under a Maritime Commission contract at Basalt Rock Co., Napa, CA.
Reallocated to the US Navy prior to launch
Launched, 24 October 1942
Commissioned USS Clamp (ARS-33), 23 August 1943, LT. Lebbeus H. Curtis USNR in command.
During WWII USS Clamp was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Gilbert Islands operation
27 November to 8 December 1943
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 16 May 1945
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 4 July 1944
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 2 March 1945
USS Clamp (ARS-33) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.2.7 Target Vessel Group - Salvage Units for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
Decommissioned, 6 May 1947, and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet at San Pedro, CA.
Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., 25 October 1962
Permanent custody assumed by MARAD,1 July 1963
Towed from Suisun Bay to Naval Shipyard Hunters Point, San Francisco, 7 March 1966, for removal of spare parts
Returned to Suisun Bay, 11 March 1966
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1973
USS Clamp earned four battle stars for World War II service
Title transfer to MARAD, 1 February 1999
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping for $462,223.31 to Marine Metals, Inc Brownsville TX 12 April, 2011. Withdrawn from the National Defense Reserve Fleet Suisun Bay Group 23 May 2011
Displacement 1,630 t.(lt) 1,897 t.(fl)
Length 213' 6"
Draft 14' 1"
Speed 18.8 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
one single 3'/50 dual purpose gun mount
two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
four single .50 cal machine guns
Diesel 2,300 Bbls
Gasoline 2,450 Gals
Cooper Bessemer 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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||USS Clamp (ARS-33) underway, date and location unknown.
||Courtesy Eugene Rabom
The National Association
of Fleet Tug Sailors
||USS Clamp (ARS-33) towing the ex-Japanese Battleship IJNS Nagato towards Eniwetok, Marshall Islands, on 28 March 1946. Nagato had been steaming on her own from Japan to Eniwetok, manned by a skeleton U.S. Navy crew, when she became disabled. Clamp was dispatched to bring the battleship to Eniwetok for use as a target ship for Operation Crossroads at Bikini Atoll. Photo by Eugen Raborn. Text and photo courtesy The National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
||USS Clamp (ARS-33) and the submarine USS Skate (SS-305) in San Francisco Bay after Clamp completed her tow of Skate from Bikini. Photo courtesy The National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors, contributed by Eugen Raborn.
||Ex-USS Clamp (ARS-33) laid up in reserve in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., in October 1999 . Photo from "Warship Boneyards" by Kit and Carolyn Bonner, authors collection.
||Ex-USS Clamp (ARS-33) laid up in reserve in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA..
USS Clamp (ARS-33)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Curtis, Lebbeus H.||23 August 1943 - ?|
|02||LT. Frey, Saleem Dewitt||WWII|
|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
Last Updated 19 February 2016
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