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USS Antares (AKS-3)
USS Antares (AG-10) (1922 - 1940)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Tango - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (2-7 December 1941, 25 June 1945)
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Antares Class Miscellaneous Auxiliary:
  • Laid down, 3 July 1917, as SS Nedmac, under a United States Shipping Board (USSB) contract at American International Ship Building Corp.
  • Launched, 30 May 1919
  • Delivered to the USSB, 26 July 1919
  • Acquired by the Navy, 14 November 1921
  • Commissioned USS Antares (AG-10), 23 February 1922 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA., LCDR. Howard E. Pinkham, USNRF, in command
  • Reclassified General Stores Ship (AKS-3), 30 November 1940
  • During World War II USS Antares was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941 Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 9 May to 18 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Antares 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 to 30 November 19451 December 1945 to 18 April 1946

  • Decommissioned, 2 August 1946 at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Vessel Register, 25 September 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 18 September 1947, to Kaiser and Co.1947
  • USS Antares earned two battle stars for World War II service
    Displacement 9,720 t.(lim)
    Length 401'
    Beam 54' 2"
    Draft 24' 5"
    Speed 11.5 kts.
    Officers 17
    Enlisted 213
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    AGS - 6-pdrs (authorized but not installed at time of commissioning)
    AKS - two 5"/51 cal dual purpose gun mounts, four 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts, eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 7,340 Bbls
    one General Electric Curtis turbine
    three Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 215psi 475°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    one turbo-drive 50Kw 120V D.C.
    two turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    USS Antares (AG-10)
    Antares 68k USS Antares (AG-10) at anchor, date and location unknown. Jon Burdett
    Antares 42k USS Antares (AG-10) assisted by Samoset (YT-5) departing Philadelphia Navy Yard, bound for Panama, 1 March 1923. Robert Hurst
    Antares 177k USS Antares (AG-10) at anchor in September 1924, location unknown. Note the crew mustered at quarters, her two forward hatches open, and a Navy tug alongside to port. She was serving as the fleet tender and target repair vessel for the Scouting Fleet in the Atlantic and was the flagship of Train Squadron One of the Fleet Base Force.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 1220
    Mike Green
    Antares 289k USS Antares (AG-10) signed photo, date and location unknown. Will Seippel
    Antares 60k USS Antares (AG-10) postal cover commemorating her fourteen year of commissioned service. Jon Burdett
    USS Antares (AKS-3)
    Antares 76k USS Antares (AKS-3) at anchor, circa 1943-1945, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 83307
    Mike Green

    USS Antares (AG-10 / AKS-3)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Pinkham, Howard E.23 February 1922 - 1922
    03CAPT. Fremont Jr., John Charles30 June 1923 - ?
    02CAPT. Pope, Ralph Elton? - 11 November 1923
    04LCDR. Johnson, Benjamin Kent11 November 1923 - 7 July 1924
    05CAPT. Long, Byron Andrew7 July 1924 - ?
    06CAPT. Cook, Harold Earle2 June 1926 - 8 June 1928
    07CAPT. Jeffers, William Nicholson8 June 1928 - 13 May 1929
    08CAPT. Soulé, Jr., Charles Carroll13 May 1929 - 8 July 1930
    09CDR. Beck, William Lewis8 July 1930 - 15 June 1932
    10CDR. Gill, Charles Clifford15 June 1932 - 27 May 1933
    11CDR. Keller, Henry Rupert27 May 1933 - ?
    15CDR. Pamperin, Lyell St. Louis13 May 1937 - 15 June 1938
    16CDR. DuVal, Jr., Miles Percy.15 June 1938 - 3 July 1939
    17CAPT. Grannis, Lawrence Charles3 July 1939 - 1941
    18CDR. Bellingham, Harold Jackson10 March 1942 - 12 April 1944
    20LCDR. Kendall, James Edward15 February 1945 - 22 March 1945
    20LCDR. Skolfield, Ellis Percy12 April 1944 - February 1945
    21LCDR. Gansa, Nicholas Thomas22 March 1945 - 2 August 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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