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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
Displacement 5,371 t.(lt) 14,350 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 23' (lim)
Speed 12.5 kts. (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 36 t.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four single 40mm AA gun mounts
eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 7,400 Bbls
Diesel 1,470 Bbls
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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||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.
||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.
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||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.
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||USS Belle Isle (AG-73) underway, date and location unknown.
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DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Fleet Reserve Association
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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Last Updated 5 March 2010
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