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USS Weight (ARS-35)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Oscar - Foxtrot
NTOF
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive 30 May 1944))
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal


Weight Class Rescue and Salvage Ship:
  • Authorized under the Lend Lease Act for Great Britain as Plymouth Salvor (BARS-7)
  • Laid down, 7 April 1942, at American Car and Foundry Co., Wilmington, DE.
  • Reassigned to the US Navy, 11 January 1943
  • Launched, 21 April 1943
  • Commissioned USS Weight (ARS-35), 14 August 1943, at Wilmington, DE., LT. Frederick J. Leamond, USNR, in command
  • During WWII USS Weight was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    West Coast of Italy operations - 1944
    Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings, 28 January to 5 February 1944
    Invasion of Southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944

  • Decommissioned, 29 March 1946, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
  • Returned to Maritime Commission custody, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold, 24 July 1947, to David Davidoff, Suisun Bay, CA., fate unknown
  • USS Weight earned two battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,615 t.
    Length 183' 3"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 14' 8"
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 6
    Enlisted 59
    Largest Lifting Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    one single3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel 985 Bbls
    Gasoline 3,000 Gals
    Propulsion
    two Cooper Bessemer Diesel-electric engines
    three Diesel-drive 40Kw 240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 1,200shp

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    Weight 60k USS Weight (ARS-35) starboard view, laying moored at Oran, Algeria, 1944 Photo by Frank Kocourek, ME1, USN Salvage Diver, USS Weight 1943-45. Submitted by his son Peter Kocourek
    Weight 48k USS Weight (ARS-35) port view, laying moored at Oran, Algeria, 1944 Photo by Frank Kocourek, ME1, USN Salvage Diver, USS Weight 1943-45. Submitted by his son Peter Kocourek
    Weight 89k "Queenie" USS Weight (ARS-35) ships company, 1944 Photo by Frank Kocourek, ME1, USN Salvage Diver, USS Weight 1943-45. Submitted by his son Peter Kocourek
    Weight 90k USS Weight (ARS-35) underway, probably in Hampton Roads, 27 April 1945. Her flag is at half mast in honor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who died, 12 April 1945.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 80-G-323299 and US National Archives, RG-19-LCM photo # unknown
    Mike Green
    Weight 104k

    USS Weight (ARS-35)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Leamond, Frederick J.14 August 1943 - ?
    02LT. Hagstrom, A. V.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
    USS Weight Salvage Divers in the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater
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