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Maj. Gen. Robert Olds (ARU(F)-1)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Aircraft Repair Ship
Laid down, 14 February 1944, as SS Daniel E. Garrett, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 2818), at Todd Houston Shipbuilding, Houston, TX.
Launched, 22 March 1944
Delivered, 5 April 1944, to the War Shipping Administration and simultaneously transferred to the War Department
Converted to an Aircraft Repair Ship at Mobile Air Tactical Command Brookley Field, Mobile, AL
Commissioned, Maj. Gen. Robert Olds (ARU(F)-1)
During World War II Maj. Gen. Robert Olds provided support facilities for the US Army Air Force at Saipan and Iwo Jima
Returned, 29 March 1946 to the War Shipping Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 18 September 1958, to Bethlehem Steel Corp., (PD-X-548, dated 8 August 1958) for $76,191.00, withdrawn, 7 March 1960
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 12.5 kts.
Cargo Capacity 7,750 DWT
one 5"/38 dual purpose gun stern mounted
one 3"/50 dual purpose gun bow mounted
one 40mm anti-aircraft gun mount
twelve 20mm anti-aircraft gun mounts
NSFO 7,285 Bbls
one vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
two header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
Ship's Service Generators
three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 2,500shp
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Maj. General Robert Olds (June 15, 1896 – April 28, 1943) was a general officer in the United States Army Air Forces, theorist of strategic air power, and
proponent of an independent United States Air Force. Olds is best known today as the father of Brig. Gen. Robin Olds, a "triple ace" fighter pilot of World War II and the
Photo from Wikipedia
||Maj. Gen. Robert Olds (ARU(F)-1) approaching USS ABSD-6 at Guam, 22 July 1945.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-379539
|Rick R. Davis
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