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USS Belle Isle (AG-73)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


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


Basilan Class Miscellaneous Auxiliary:
  • Laid down, 19 September 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 3070) at New England Shipbuilding Corp., South Portland, ME.
  • Launched, 3 November 1944
  • Commissioned, USS Belle Isle (AG-73), 15 November 1944, LCDR. James H. Graves, Jr., USNR, in command
  • Ferried to Bethlehem Steel Co., Hoboken, N.J. and decommissioned, 18 November 1944, for conversion to an electronics repair vessel
  • Recommissioned, 13 July 1945, at New York Navy Yard
  • Decommissioned, 30 August 1946, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Reclassified General Stores Issue Ship (AKS-21), 18 August 1951
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 April 1960
  • Final Disposition, possibly sunk as a target in 1960
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,371 t.(lt) 14,350 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 23' (lim)
    Speed 12.5 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 52
    Enlisted 843
    Largest Boom Capacity 36 t.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 40mm AA gun mounts
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 7,400 Bbls
    Diesel 1,470 Bbls
    Propulsion
    One General Machine Corp. vertical triple-expansion reciprocating engine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450° Ship's Service Generators
    three Diesel-drive 350Kw 450V A.C.
    two turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    Belle Isle 105k USS Belle Isle (AG-73) underway near New York Navy Yard, 13 July 1945, her commissioning date.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. photo # 19-N-87439, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Belle Isle 91k USS Belle Isle (AG-73) in San Francisco Bay, circa April 1946. Note the electronics antennas on the forecastle, used for repairing electronics equipment. The stern of USS Saratoga (CV-3) is in the background at left.
    US Navy photo # NH 98707 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, donated by Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003.
    US Navy Historical Center
    Belle Isle 67k USS Belle Isle (AG-73) underway off San Diego, CA. in 1946.
    US Navy photo # NH 82191 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975.
    US Navy Historical Center
    Belle Isle 17k USS Belle Isle (AG-73) underway, date and location unknown. Gunter Krebs

    USS Belle Isle (AG-73)
    DANFS
    history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Graves Jr., James Henry, USNR15 November 1944 - 18 November 1944
     Decommissioned18 November 1944 - 13 July 1945
    02LCDR. Morck, Carl Edward, USNR13 July 1945 - ?
    03LCDR. Brackett, George Albert, USNR1 September 1945 - 30 August 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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