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USS Gear (ARS-34)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Tango - Hotel
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal


Diver Class Rescue and Salvage Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as HMS Pacific Salvor (BARS-4), as part of the Lend-Lease Program at Basalt Rock Co., Napa, CA.
  • Launched, 24 October 1942
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 21 September 1942, renamed Gear
  • Commissioned USS Gear (ARS-34), 24 September 1943, LT. Jesse F. Simmons in command
  • During World War II USS Gear (ARS-34) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Assault and occupation of Saipan, 24 July to 8 August 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 16 May 1945
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 26 February 1945
     

  • Decommissioned, 13 December 1946, at San Pedro, CA.
  • Assigned to the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet and leased, 24 February 1953, to Merritt Chapman Scott Corp.,
  • Returned to US Navy custody, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 30 April 1981
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 July 1982, by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service
  • USS Gear earned three battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,897 t. (trial)
    Length 213' 6"
    Beam 39'
    Draft 14' 1" (lim)
    Speed 14.8 kts.
    Complement
    7 officers
    113 enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    one single 3'/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four single .50 cal machine guns
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel 2,300 Bbls
    Gasoline 2,450 Gals
    Propulsion
    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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    Gear 43k USS Gear (ARS-34) underway in San Francisco Bay, 7 November 1943. Gear had undergone repairs at General Engineering & Drydock Co., Alameda, CA. under a Mare Island contract from 3 October to 2 November 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7495-43, 11/7/43
    Darryl Baker
    Gear 70k USS Gear (ARS-34) underway in San Francisco Bay, 7 November 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7496-43, 11/7/43
    Darryl Baker
    Gear 52k USS Gear (ARS-34) underway in San Francisco Bay, 7 November 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7497-43, 11/7/43
    Darryl Baker
    Gear 186k USS Gear (ARS-34) underway in San Francisco Bay, 7 November 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7499-43, 11/7/43
    Darryl Baker
    Gear 88k USS Gear (ARS-34) near Mare Island Navy Yard, 7 November 1943. The twin kingpost aft with two booms was part of the original design of this class and was fitted to the first five units to be completed (four ordered by the British, including USS Gear, and USS Diver (ARS-5).
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. Unknown, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Gear 89k USS Gear (ARS-34) moored pierside at General Engineering & Drydock Co., Alameda, CA., 8 November 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7510-43, 11/8/43
    Darryl Baker
    Competent 160k US Gear (ARS-34) moored pierside at General Engineering & Drydock Co., Alameda, CA., 8 November 1943. Note USS Compentent (AM-316) in the background moored to the adjoining pier.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7511-43, 11/8/43
    Darryl Baker
    Gear 146k USS Gear (ARS-34) underway circa the late 1940s. Her original twin kingpost aft has been replaced with the single kingpost fitted to USS Escape (ARS-6) and the later ships of the class. USS Clamp (ARS-33) and USS Diver (ARS-5) were similarly modified, probably in 1946-47.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. Unknown, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green

    USS Gear (ARS-34)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Simmons, Jesse F.24 September 1943 - ?
    02LT. Morrissey, R. L.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
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