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USS Saugus (MCS-4)
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USS Saugus (LSV-4) (1945 - 1956)

Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Alpha - Bravo
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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 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:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    22 to 26 September 1945
    11 to 22 October 1945

  • 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, 13 July 1976, to National Metal & Steel Corp.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,625 t(lt) 9,040 t.(fl)
    Length 451' 4"
    Beam 60' 3"
    Draft 20' (limit)
    Speed 20.3 kts (trial)
    LSV Complement
    Officers 114
    Enlisted 450
    Troop Capacity
    122 Officers
    1236 Enlisted
    Boats
    19 LVT or 29 DUKW
    Armament
    two single 5"/38 cal duel 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
    Propulsion
    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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    Saugus 36k Saugus (LSV-4) underway, date, and location unknown. Her camouflage is Measure 31 Design 15L. Hyperwar US Navy
    in World War II
    Saugus 480k Saugus (LSV-4) underway off the coast of northern California, near San Francisco in 1944. Her camouflage is Measure 31 Design 15L. David Buell

    USS Saugus (LSV-4)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. 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

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    Last Updated 13 September 2013