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USS Tackle (IX-217)
USS Tackle (ARST-4) (1945)
USS Tackle (ARS-37) (1943 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Golf - Zulu
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 4 September 1944)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal

Tackle Class Rescue and Salvage Ship:
  • Built in 1912 as SS W.R. Chamberlain, Jr. at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Acquired by the US Navy in 1943
  • Renamed Tackle (ARS-37), 8 June 1943
  • Commissioned USS Tackle (ARS-37), 5 August 1943, at Palermo, Sicily
  • During World War II USS Tackle 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
    Sicilian occupation, 9 to 21 September 1943 Invasion of Southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944

  • Redesignated Salvage Craft Tender (ARST-4), 1 February 1945
  • Redesignated Miscellaneous Unclassified, (IX-217), 13 February 1945
  • Decommissioned, 13 September 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 11 October 1945
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Tackle earned two battle stars for World War II service
    Displacement 6,500 t.
    Length 310' 2"
    Beam 44' 6"
    Draft 22' 6"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement 65
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Diesel-electric engines
    twin propellers, 2,780shp

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    Size Image Description Contributed
    Diver 62k SS Stanley Dollar, a West Coast lumber steamer, which became USS Tackle (ARS-37) in 1943. The ship operated under the name Stanley Dollar from 1919 to 1922 and was then renamed W. R. Chamberlain, Jr.. As a civilian and then a Navy salvage ship she retained her two lumber-handling masts with their eight long booms.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command (SH), Photo No. None, courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Tackle (ARS-37 / ARST-4 / IX-217)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Gillespie, John Michael5 August 1943 - 1 January 1944
    02LT. Van Sand, Delar Vincent1 January 1944 - 13 September 1945
    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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    Last Updated 9 November 2012