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USS St. George (AV-16)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Zulu - Oscar
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive Okinawa) - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Personnel Awards

Purple Hearts (3-KIA 5 May 1945, Okinawa)

USS St. George (AV-16) was transferred to Italy renamed INS Andrea Bafile (A5314)
Kenneth Whiting Class Seaplane Tender:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp. Inc., Tacoma, WA.
  • Launched, 14 February 1944
  • Commissioned USS St George (AV-16), 24 July 1944, CAPT. Robert Gordon Armstrong USN in command
  • During World War II USS St. George was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS St. George was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September 1945 to 3 March 1946 
    4 September to 20 October 19454 September to 20 October 1945

  • Decommissioned, 1 August 1946, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego, CA.
  • Struck from the Navy Register, 1 July 1963 and simultaneously transferred to the Maritime Administration's National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • USS St. George earned one battle star for her World War II service
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 11 December 1968
  • Sold to Italy, renamed INS Andrea Bafile (A5314)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 8,510 t.(lt) 12,610 t.(fl) 14,000 t.(lim)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 22'
    Speed 18.7 kts.
    Officers 113
    Enlisted 964
    Largest Boom Capacity 20 t.
    two single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    two quad 40mm AA gun mounts
    two tw8h 40mm AA gun mounts
    sixteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 9,675Bbls
    Diesel 760Bbls
    Gasoline 312,475Gals
    one Allis Chalmers steam turbine
    two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gear
    three turbo-drive Ship's Service Generators, 500Kw 450V A.C.
    one propeller, 8,500shp

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    USS St. George (AV-16)
    St George 434k USS St. George (AV-16) commissioning ceremony, 24 July 1944, at Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp. Inc., Tacoma, WA. Note USS YMS-479 moored astern of St. George.
    US Navy photo
    David Buell
    St George 242k Aboard USS St. George (AV-16), probably CAPT. Robert G. Armstrong USN with an unidentified Rear Admiral, date and location unknown..
    US Navy photo
    David Buell
    St George 94k Stern view of USS St. George (AV-16) underway in Puget Sound, 31 July 1944, one week after commissioning. She is newly painted camouflage scheme Measure 32 Design 8x.
    U.S. National Archives Photo # unknown, from record group RG-19-LCM, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    St George 935k Broadside view of USS St. George (AV-16) at anchor, probably soon after commissioning. She is newly painted camouflage scheme Measure 32 Design 8x.
    US Navy photo
    David Buell
    St George 671k Starboard bow view of USS St. George (AV-16) at anchor, probably soon after commissioning. She is newly painted camouflage scheme Measure 32 Design 8x.
    US Navy photo
    David Buell
    St George 107k USS St. George (AV-16) underway, date and location unknown. Her camouflage scheme is 32/8x.
    US Navy photo
    Haze Gray & Underway
    St George 684k USS St. George (AV-16) at anchor at Kerama Retto, 29 April 1945. This remarkable photo of a Kamikaze diving on the USS St. George just as the proximity fuse of an anti-aircraft shell fired by the ship detonated. Note the smoke from the AA guns on the stern. An instant later the plane was blown to bits.
    Photo by Paul D. Guttman PH2/c.
    Robert Guttman for his father Paul D. Guttman PH2/c.
    INS Andrea Bafile (A5314)
    St George 450k Ex-USS St. George (AV-16) in Italian naval service as INS Andrea Bafile (A5314), moored in the harbor at La Spezia, Italy, 1 March 1970. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    St George 116k INS Andrea Bafile (A5314) entering port, circa 1970, location unknown.
    Italian Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    St George 57k INS Andrea Bafile (A5314) underway, date and location unknown. Hazegray & Underway
    St George 98k INS Andrea Bafile (A5314) moored at Taranto Arsenal, December 1987. Giorgio Fedele, Italian Navy

    USS St. George (AV-16)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Armstrong, Robert Gordon USN (USNA 1926)24 July 1944 to 9 September 1945
    02CAPT. Voit, James Burke, USN (USNA 1921-B)9 September 1945 - 1 August 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US Navy Patrol Squadrons - USS St George (AV-16)
    MARAD Vessel History Database
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