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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
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USS Guardian (AGR-1)
USS Guardian (YAGR-1) (1955 - 1958)
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Culpeper (S)ierra - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
Navy Expeditionary Service Medal (2-Cuba) - National Defense Service Medal
Guardian Class Radar Picket Ship:
Laid down, 20 March 1945, as SS James Squires, a Maritime Commission type (Z-EC2-S-C5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 3137) at J. A. Jones Construction Co. Inc., Panama City, FL.
Launched, 8 May 1945
Delivered, 31 May 1945, to Waterman Steamship Co.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 5 October 1945, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
Acquired by the Navy in 1954
Converted to a Radar Picket Ship at Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C.
Commissioned, USS Guardian (YAGR-1), 1 February 1955, at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA., LCDR. Robert E. Euliss in command
Redesignated (AGR-1), 28 September 1958
Decommissioned, 28 July 1965
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Returned to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping (PD-X-888) dated 23 November 1970, to Revalarizacion de Materiales, S. A. c/o Boston Metals Co. contract MA-6163, withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 21 December 1970. scrapped in September 1971 at Bilbao, Spain
Displacement 10,760 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Speed 11 kts.
Armament two 3"/50 guns
NSFO, 8.066 Bbls.
Diesel, 68,267 gals.
Fresh Water, 15,082 gals.
Ballast, 1,326,657 gals fresh water
two 220 PSI boilers
one 3 cylinder triple-expansion reciprocating engine,
one 4 blade, 18' 6" propeller, 2,500shp
two Ship's Service Generators
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||USS Guardian (AGR-1) moored pierside, Boston, July 1960.
||© Richard Leonhardt
||USS Guardian (AGR-1) moored pierside, date and location unknown
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, April 1955.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||USS Guardian (AGR-1) under way, date and location unknown
US Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1958-59 Edition.
||Aerial view of USS Guardian (AGR-1) under way, circa 1959-60, location unknown.
US Navy photo.
|Rodney Zehfus USS Guardian
||Aerial view of USS Guardian (AGR-1) under way, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo.
|Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
USS Guardian (YAGR-1 / AGR-1)
DANFS Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
|01||LCDR. Euliss, Robert Eastman USN||1 February 1955 - 6 January 1956||YAGR-1|
|02||LCDR. Patterson Jr., Thomas John USN||6 January 1956 - 9 March 1956||YAGR-1|
|03||LCDR. Dyer, Donald Penfield USN||9 March 1956 - 2 August 1958||YAGR-1|
|04||LCDR. Rogers, Harry Melville (Mel) USN||2 August 1958 - 1 August 1960 ||YAGR/AGR-1|
|05||LCDR. Ellis, Joseph H. USN||1 August 1960 - 9 July 1963||AGR-1|
|06||LCDR. Krantzman, Harry Morris USN||9 July 1963 - 28 July 1965||AGR-1|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
YAGR's (Radar Picket Ships) Association
Online Air Defense Radar Museum
Last Updated 30 October 2015
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