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USS Callao (IX-205)
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USCGC Eastbreeze (1944)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal



USS Callao (IX-205) was captured war prize if USCGC Eastwind (WAG-279)
Callao Class Test Experimental Ship:
  • Built in 1943-44 as Externsteine at P. Smit, Jr., Shipyard, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, for the German Navy
  • Captured 15-16 October 1944 by USCGC Eastwind, off Greenland
  • Commissioned, USCGC Eastbreeze by her prize crew, 15 October 1944
  • Decommissioned, at Boston and turned over to the US Navy in October 1944
  • Commissioned Miscellaneous Unclassified USS Callao (IX-205), 24 January 1945, at Boston, MA., LT. D. O. Newton, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, 10 May 1950
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold, 30 September 1950, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,015 t.
    Length 183'
    Beam 30' 10"
    Draft13' 11"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement 78
    Armament assorted German anti-aircraft weaponry
    Propulsion
    one vertical triple-expansion steam engine
    one Scotch boiler
    single propeller, 750shp
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    KMS Externsteine
    Callao 50k KMS Externsteine stuck in the ice off Greenland after being captured by the Coast Guard in October 1944.
    US Coast photos
    Robert Hurst
    Callao 29k
    Callao 55k USCG sailors raise the US Ensign aboard KMS Externsteine while she was stuck in the ice off Greenland after being captured by the Coast Guard in October 1944.
    US Coast photos
    Robert Hurst
    USCGC Eastbreeze
    Callao 30k GMC Webster USCG, christens the German armed trawler KMS Externsteine as the Coast Guard ship USCGC Eastbreeze, while the trawler was stuck in the ice off Greenland after being captured by the Coast Guard in October 1944.
    US Coast photos
    Robert Hurst

    USS Callao (IX-205)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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