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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 by John H. Mathis Co., Camden, NJ (YN 129)
  • Launched, December 1939
  • Completed for Spentonbush Fuel Transportation Service, Brooklyn, NY, as A.H. Dumont (ON 239224), February 1940
  • Renamed and designated Bailer (YO-54), 02 October 1941
  • Purchased by the Navy from Ira S. Bushey & Sons, 24 November 1941
  • Converted for naval service by the Sullivan Drydock Co. and New York Navy Yard
  • Commissioned USS Bailer (YO-54), 18 February 1942, LT(jg) James F. Ardagh, USNR, in command
  • Assigned to First Naval District at Casco Bay, ME, 12 March 1942 - 20 June 1945
  • Assigned to Fifth Naval District at Norfolk, VA, August 1945 - April 1946
  • Decommissioned at Boston, MA, 23 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 23 December 1946
  • Registered to Diesel Tanker A.H. Dumont, Inc., Brooklyn, NY, as A.H. Dumont, 1947
  • Later registered to Diesel Tanker J.A. Martin, Inc., Brooklyn, NY
  • Final Disposition, sunk as part of Garden State North artificial reef, 6.5 miles off Harvey Cedars, NJ, 10 June 1986
    Displacement 981 gross tons, 789 net tons, 2,075 tons (fl)
    Length 213' 6"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 14' 6"
    Speed 10.5 knots
    Cargo Capacity 12,000 barrels
    Complement 18
    Armament one .50 cal. machine gun
    one Fairbanks-Morse diesel engine
    single shaft, 805hp

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    68k A.H. Dumont as completed. Image from Diesel Progress, May 1941. Dave Wright
    27k A.H. Dumont ready to be reefed off the coast of New Jersey, June 1986. Rich Galiano

    Bailer (YO-54)
    DANFS entry located at the Naval History and Heritage Command website
    USS Bailer (YO-54) Official Ships History at NavSource
    Commanding Officers
    01LT(jg) James Francis Ardagh, D-M USNR18 February 1942 - 10 December 1942
    02LT Carl P. Gray D-V(S) USNR10 December 1942 - 23 April 1945
    03LT Herbert S. Young USNR23 April 1945 - 01 October 1945
    04LT John C. Griffin USNR01 October 1945 - 23 May 1946
    Courtesy Ron Reeves

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

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