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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.
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
two single 20mm AA gun mounts
twin propellers, 2,780shp
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||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 Shipscribe.com
USS Tackle (ARS-37 / ARST-4 / IX-217)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Gillespie, John Michael||5 August 1943 - 1 January 1944|
|02||LT. Van Sand, Delar Vincent||1 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
Last Updated 9 November 2012
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|