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USS Saugus (MCS-4)
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USS Saugus (LSV-4) (1945 - 1956)
November - Foxtrot - Alpha - Bravo
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)
Osage Class Mine Layer
Laid down a Net Layer (AN-4), 27 July 1942 at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS
Reclassified a Transport (AP-109), 1 May 1943
Launched, 4 September 1943
Reclassified an Osage Class Landing Ship Vehicle, 21 April 1944
Completed by Tampa Bay Shipbuilding Co., Tampa Bay FL.
Commissioned USS Saugus (LSV-4), 22 February 1945, CAPT. Robert S. Bertschy, USN, in command
During World War II USS Saugus was assigned to th Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Saugus was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Decommissioned, 24 March 1947, at San Diego CA.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
Redesignated an Osage Class Mine Countermeasures Support Ship (MCS-4), 18 October 1956
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 28 October 1960, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register 1 July 1961
Permanent custody transferred to the Maritime Administration, 1 October 1962
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 19 July 1976, to National Metal & Steel Corp. for $470,000.00 a two ship sale (PD-X-1009), delivered 9 August 1976
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|22 to 26 September 1945
|11 to 22 October 1945
Displacement 5,625 t(lt) 9,040 t.(fl)
Length 451' 4"
Beam 60' 3"
Draft 20' (limit)
Speed 20.3 kts (trial)
19 LVT or 29 DUKW
two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts, forward
one twin 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount, aft
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
twenty single 20mm AA gun mounts
two General Electric geared turbines
four Combustion Engineering 2-drum boilers, 400psi 700°
double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
four 500Kw 450V A.C. turbo-drive Ship's Service Generators
two propellers, 11,000shp
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U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No. 19-N-81092
||USS Saugus (LSV-4) underway near her conversion yard at Tampa, Florida, 5 March 1945. Note the two Welin boat
davits on the port side amidships and the relocated 5"/38 single mount aft. Saugus was completed with a single instead of a twin 5"/38 gun mount aft.
U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No.'s 19-N-81092 and US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-81095, U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships photos
now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com
U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-81095
||USS Saugus (LSV-4) underway off the coast of northern California, near San Francisco in 1944. Her camouflage is Measure 31 Design 15L.
USS Saugus (LSV-4)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CAPT. Bertschy, Robert Sylvester USN (24)||22 February 1945 - 1946|
|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 Database
Association of Minemen
Last Updated 6 November 2015
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