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USS Bailer (YO-54)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Xray - Charlie
NBXC
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Fuel Oil Barge (Self-propelled):
  • Built in 1940 as the fuel oil barge A.H. Dumant, at John H. Mathis Co., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Renamed and designated Bailer (YO-54), 2 October 1941
  • Acquired (purchased) by the Navy from Ira S. Bushey & Sons, 24 November 1941
  • Converted to naval service by the Sullivan Drydock Co. and the New York Navy Yard
  • Commissioned USS Bailer (YO-54), 18 February 1942, LTjg. James F. Ardagh, USNR, in command
  • Allocated to Casco Bay in the 1st Naval District
  • Decommissioned, 23 May 1946, at Boston, MA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 23 December 1946 for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sunk as part of an artificial reef off the coast of New Jersey, 10 June 1986
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,075 t.(fl)
    Length 213' 6"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 14' 6"
    Speed 10.5 kts.
    Complement 18
    Armament one .50 cal. machine gun
    Propulsion Diesel engine

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    YO-54 27k Ex-Bailer (YO-54) ready to be sunk as part of an Artificial Reef off the coast of New Jersey, circa June 1986. Rich Galiano

    Bailer (YO-54)
    DANFS entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command and
    USS Bailer (YO-54) Official Ships History at NavSource
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Ardagh, James F. USNR18 February 1942 - 10 December 1942
    02LT. Gray, Carl P. USNR10 December 1942 - 23 April 1945
    03LT. Young, Herbert S. USNR23 April 1945 - 1 October 1945
    04LT. Griffin, John C. USNR1 October 1945 - 23 May 1946
    Courtesy Ron Reeves

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

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