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USS Curtiss (AV-4)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Foxtrot - Zulu
NEFZ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Pearl Harbor) - China Service Medal (extended) - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (7) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal
Fourth Row - Antarctic Service Medal - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Curtiss Class Seaplane Tender:
  • Laid down, 25 March 1938, at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 20 April 1940
  • Commissioned USS Curtiss (AV-4), 15 November 1940, CDR. S. P. Ginder in command
  • During WWII USS Curtiss was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Pearl Harbor - Midway, 7 December 1941 Gilbert Islands operation, 13 November to 8 December 1943
    Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings, 7 to 9 August 1942 Consolidation of Solomon Islands
    Consolidation of southern Solomon Islands, 8 February to 9 June 1943
    Capture and defense of Guadalcanal, 10 August 1942 to 8 February 1943 Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 22 May to 25 June 1945
    Santa Cruz Islands, 26 October 1942  

  • Following World War II USS Curtiss was assigned to Occupation and China service for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    29 December 1945 to 8 March 194729 December 1945 to 8 March 1947

  • Decommissioned, 24 September 1957
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Commission, 31 October 1962
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1963
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 March 1972, to Union Minerals & Alloys, Kearny. N.J.
  • Physically delivered to Zidell Explorations Inc.1 April 1972
  • USS Curtiss earned seven battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,671 t(lt) 13,475 t.(lim)
    Length 527' 4"
    Beam 69' 3"
    Draft 21' 11"
    Speed 19.7 kts. (trial speed)
    Complement
    officers 100
    enlisted 1,035
    Armament
    as built
    four single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    three quad 40mm AA gun mounts
    two twin 49mm AA gun mounts
    added during WWII
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Ship's service generators 4 500Kw 450V A.C.
    Fuel capacities
    NSFO 9,670 Bbls
    Diesel 286 Bbls
    Gasoline 267,030 Gals
    Propulsion
    two New York Ship Building Corp. paired geared turbines
    four Babcock & Wilcox Express boilers 400psi 690°
    double De Laval Main reduction gear
    twin shafts, 12,000shp

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    Curtis s 25k Launching of Curtiss (AV-4) at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J., 20 April 1940
    AP Wirephoto
    Ron Reeves
    Curtis s 96k Curtiss (AV-4) soon after her launching on 20 April 1940 at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
    New York Shipbuilding Corp. photo
    David Buell
    Curtis s 96k USS Curtiss (AV-4) underway soon after her completion, in 1940
    US Navy photo # NH 55535 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Curtis s 78k USS Curtiss (AV-4) on her trials off Rockland, Maine, 8 October 1940. Of her four 5"/38 guns, only the forward one was in an enclosed mount.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-22647, RG-19-LCM a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Curtis s 121k USS Curtiss (AV-4) afire after she was hit by a crashing Japanese dive bomber. Photographed from USS Tangier (AV-8). USS Medusa (AR-1) is at right. Timbers floating in the water (foreground) may be from USS Utah (AG-16), which had been sunk at her berth, astern of Tangier. Note weathered paintwork on Curtiss and Medusa. The original photograph was in the CinCPac report of the Pearl harbor Attack, 15 February 1942, Volume 3, in 1990.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 96660
    Robert Hurst
    Curtis s 15k USS Curtiss (AV-4) at Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941 on fire after being hit by a crashing Japanese dive bomber.  
    Curtis s 87k The damaged USS Curtiss (AV-4), at left, and USS Medusa (AR-1), at right, at their moorings soon after the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941.
    Note that USS Curtiss (AV-4) has been fitted with an air search radar.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-32733, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    Curtis s 133k Wreckage of a burned-out OS2U-2 floatplane on the after deck of USS Curtiss (AV-4), photographed soon after the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941. Curtiss had been hit in the hangar area by a Japanese plane and by a bomb during the Japanese raid, and near-missed off the stern by another bomb.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-19932, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the National Archives
    Robert Hurst
    Curtis s 54k USS Curtiss (AV-4) underway, 1942, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Hazegray and Underway web site
    Curtis s 153k Aft plan view of USS Curtiss (AV-4) at Moore Drydock Co., Oakland, 9 October 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7022-43.
    Darryl Baker
    Curtis s 76k Broadside view of USS Curtiss (AV-4) off San Francisco, 11 October 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7031-43.
    Darryl Baker
    Curtis s 55k Bows on view of USS Curtiss (AV-4) off San Francisco, 11 October 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7033-43. The tug alongside Curtiss is unidentified.
    Darryl Baker
    Curtis s 121k USS Curtiss (AV-4) underway, date and location unknown. Hazegray and Underway web site.
    Curtis s 35k USS Curtiss (AV-4) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Curtis s 49k USS Curtiss (AV-4) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Curtis s 80k USS Curtiss (AV-4) at anchor off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 31 October 1945.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-91663, RG-19-LCM a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Curtis s 147k Stern view of USS Curtiss (AV-4) off Mare Island Navy Yard, 31 October 1945.
    File name: AV 4 6883-45, Navy Photo, 10/31/45
    Darryl Baker
    Curtis s 238k Broadside view of USS Curtiss (AV-4) off Mare Island Navy Yard, 31 October 1945.
    File name: AV 4 6885-45, Navy Photo, 10/31/45
    Darryl Baker
    Curtis s 131k Bow on view of USS Curtiss (AV-4) off Mare Island Navy Yard, 31 October 1945.
    File name: AV 4 6887-45, Navy Photo, 10/31/45
    Darryl Baker
    Curtis s 358k Stern plan view of USS Curtiss (AV-4) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 11 November 1945.
    File name: AV 4 7035-45, Navy Photo, 11/6/45
    Darryl Baker
    Curtis s 224k Bow plan view of USS Curtiss (AV-4) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 11 November 1945.
    File name: AV 4 7038-45, Navy Photo, 11/6/45
    Darryl Baker
    Curtis s 276k Artist version of USS Curtiss (AV-4) with her seaplanes in an anchorage in the Pacific, date and location unknown. Ron Reeves
    Curtis s 109k USS Curtiss (AV-4) In San Diego Bay during the later 1940s or early 1950s. She is flying a Vice Admiral's flag from her mainmast. A pilot boat is at right, and USS LSM-462 is in the left distance.
    US Navy photo # NH 97415 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Curtis s 54k USS Curtiss (AV-4) plays 'mother hen' to seaplanes flying patrol missions in the Korean theater.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, March 1953
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Curtis s 321k A Martin PBM-5 "Mariner" Patrol Bomber (with the nickname "HOTOGO" painted on its bow), Is hoisted on board USS Curtiss (AV-4) in the Korean War zone, 8 November 1950. At that time this plane, and others from Fleet Air Wing 6, were engaged in anti-mine patrols off the Korean coast. Note twin .50 caliber machine gun turret fully trained to starboard, with guns depressed.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 94616 from the collections of the Aviation History Branch.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Curtis s 40k USS Curtiss (AV-4) date and location unknown
    US Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1954-55".
    Robert Hurst
    Curtis s 128k USS Curtiss (AV-4) underway in 1954. Note large number of boats stowed on board
    US Navy photo # NH 97416 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Note - The caption as provided by the Navy for this photo may be in error as a helo deck was installed in the Fall of 1953 according to Walter J. Handelman who served as Deck Officer from 1953 to 1955 aboard USS Curtis s.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Curtiss 87k USS Curtiss (AV-4) underway at San Diego enroute to sea, circa 1956.
    US Navy photo
    David Buell for his father Benton E. Buell, ENC, USN (later CWO4) USS Curtiss
    Curtis s 409k USS Curtiss (AV-4) underway, date and location unknown.
    A Ted Stone photo from the "Jane's Fighting Ships" - 1964 -1965 edition.
    Robert Hurst
    Curtis s 29k USS Curtiss (AV-4) moored near McMurdo Station, Antarctica, circa January/February 1957. Bruce DeWald


    For more photos and information about USS Curtiss, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • USS Curtiss (AV-4) Association
  • Pearl Harbor Action Report
  • US Navy Patrol Squadrons - USS Curtiss (AV-4)
  • Commanding Officers

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

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