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USS Conserver (ARS-39)


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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons






Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (4) - China Service Medal - American Campaign Medal
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Fourth Row - National Defense Service Medal (3) - Korean Service Medal (8) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Taiwan Straits)
Fifth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (6) - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Sixth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Bolster Class Rescue and Salvage Ship:
  • Laid down, 10 August 1944, at Basalt Rock Co., Napa, CA.
  • Launched, 27 January 1945
  • Commissioned USS Conserver (ARS-39), 9 June 1945 at Vallejo, CA., LT. Chester H. Rocklidge, USNR, in command
  • USS Conserver was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    12 September 1945 to 21 February 19462 to 5 April 1956

  • During the Korean War Conserver (ARS-39) participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    18 to 29 July 1950
    18 September to 2 November 1950
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    30 October to 12 November 1951
    Communist China Aggression
    3 to 13 November 1950
    25 November 1950
    Second Korean Winter
    19 December 1951 to 6 January 1952
    2 February to 2 March 1952
    14 March 1952
    18 March 1952
    12 to 30 April 1952
    Inchon Landing
    15 to 17 September 1950
    Third Korean Winter
    8 to 30 April 1953
    First UN Counter Offensive
    25 to 28 January 1951
    Korea, Summer-Fall 1953
    1 to 2 May 1953
    10 to 27 July 1953

  • During the Vietnam War Conserver (ARS-39) participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    23 November to 16 December 1966
    25 to 31 January 1967
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 to 11 July 1969
    Tet Counteroffensive
    27 March to 1 April 1968
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    3 to 14 August 1969
    20 August to 10 October 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 to 15 April 1968
    14 May to 7 June 1968
    10 to 30 June 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    23 August to 8 September 1970
    16 September to 13 October 1970
    26 October to 9 November 1970
    18 to 24 November 1970

  • Decommissioned 30 September 1986
  • Recommissioned, 25 September 1987
  • Decommissioned and Struck from the Naval Register, 1 April 1994
  • Laid up in the Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Pearl Harbor, HI.
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a SINKEX target on or about 13 November, 2004 in the Hawaii area
  • USS Conserver received eight battle stars for Korean War service and six campaign stars for Vietnam War Service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,497t(lt) 2,048 t.(fl)
    Length 213' 6"
    Beam 39'
    Draft 14' 8"
    Speed 15 kts.
    Complement 120
    Armament two 40mm guns
    Propulsion diesel-electric, twin screws, 2,780hp

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    Conserver 89k USS Conserver (ARS-39) in port, probably Long Beach, CA., date unknown John W. Park USN
    Conserver 95k USS Conserver (ARS-39) alongside USS Card (CVE-11), exchanging movies, 27 August 1945
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-366398, a US Navy photo now in the US National Archives collections
    US Naval Historical Center
    Conserver 45k USS Conserver (ARS-39) underway off the coast of Oahu near Honolulu, April 1947.
    Naval Photographic Center photo # K-37482
    Tommy Trampp
    Conserver 114k USS Conserver (ARS-39) towing decommissioned battleship USS New York (BB-34) out to sea to be used as a target, Pearl Harbor, HI., July 1948
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-498120, a US Navy photo now in the US National Archives collections
    US Naval Historical Center
    Conserver 88k USS Conserver (ARS-39) at Pearl Harbor, HI., October 1956
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-1001125, a US Navy photo now in the US National Archives collections
    US Naval Historical Center
    Conserver 94k USS Conserver (ARS-39) rides at anchor in Kodiak Harbor, Alaska, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, April 1959
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Conserver 91k USS Conserver (ARS-39) at Pearl Harbor, HI., 21 August 1958
    US Navy photo # NH 96914 from the US Naval Historical Center collections
    US Naval Historical Center
    Conserver 75k USS Conserver (ARS-39) at Pearl Harbor, HI., 21 August 1958
    US Navy photo # NH 96915 from the US Naval Historical Center collections
    US Naval Historical Center
    Knox 119k Rescue and Salvage ships USS Conserver (ARS-39), USS Grapple (ARS-7), the Submarine Rescue Ship USS Greenlet (ASR-10) and the Fleet Tugs USS Cocopa (ATF-101) and USS Sioux (ATF-75) attempting to pull the Destroyer USS Frank Knox (DD-742) off Pratas Reef in the South China Sea, some two hundred miles south east of Hong Kong. Frank Know ran aground 18 July 1965 and was finally refloated, 24 August 1965. This view was probably taken at about the time she was finally refloated on 24 August 1965.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 74179.
    Tony Cowart
    Conserver 99k USS Conserver (ARS-39) off Oahu, HI., 26 April 1967. Photo by PH3 D. R. Hyde
    US Navy photo NH 96918 from the US Naval Historical Center collections
    US Naval Historical Center
    Conserver 115k USS Conserver (ARS-39) off Oahu, HI., 26 April 1967. Photo by PH3 D. R. Hyder
    US Navy photo # NH 96916 from the US Naval Historical Center collections
    US Naval Historical Center
    Conserver 86k USS Conserver (ARS-39) off Kawaii, HI., October 1971, returning from Barking Sands Underwater Range after serving as a support platform for the recovery and replacement of a defective hydrophone. Photo by PH1 Kendal Thornsley
    US Navy photo # NH 96917, from the US Naval Historical Center collections.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Conserver 55k USS Conserver (ARS-39) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Courtesy Elsilrac Enterprises via NAFTS
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Narragansett 317k USS Conserver (ARS-39) stands off nearby as crewmen and representatives from Eastport International prepare to deploy the unmanned submersible Deep Drone, 17 September 1983, from USNS Narragansett (T-AF-167) during the salvage operations for the downed Korean Air Lines Flight 007 (KAL-007). The commercial jet was shot down by Soviet aircraft over Sakhalin Island on August 30, 1983 in the Sea of Japan. All 269 passengers and crewmen were killed.
    DVIC photo # DN-ST-89-02927 by PH1 Barbante, USN, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center.
    Bill Gonyo
    Conserver 65k USS Conserver (ARS-39) underway off Hawaii in 1984
    US Navy photo
    Courtesy Bud Andreasen via NAFTS
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Conserver 88k USS Conserver (ARS-39) underway in June 1985 as she clears the Pearl Harbor channel enroute to the Western Pacific.
    US Navy photo
    Courtesy John Ackerman via NAFTS
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Conserver 62k USS Conserver (ARS-39) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Tom Langford

    USS Conserver Additional Ships Patches
    Conserver
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski
    Conserver
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski


    For more information about USS Conserver, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • USS Conserver (ARS-39)
  • National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
  • Commanding Officers

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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