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USS Bailer (YO-54)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Xray - Charlie
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
    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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