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USAV COL. Donald M. Keiser (FS-212)
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 between October 1944 and January 1945 as Freight Supply Vessel (FS-212), at Higgins Industries, New Orleans LA.
Launched between October 1944 and January 1945
Delivered between October 1944 and January 1945 to the War Shipping Administration and allocated to the War Department
Converted to an Aircraft Repair Ship at Mobile Air Tactical Command Brookley Field, Mobile, AL.
Commissioned, COL. Donald M. Keiser, date unknown
During World War II COL. Donald M. Keiser was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Decommissioned, date and location unknown
Sold, date unknown, renamed MV Ruth Ann
Resold, in 1969 to an Italian firm, reflagged Italy, renamed M/V L. F. Marsili
Final Disposition, scrapped in 1988
Displacement 575 t.
Speed 12 kts.
two 500hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 diesel engines
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Donald M Keiser was a US Army Air Corp officer who received the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action at Malang, Java 20 February 1942 for carrying a wounded
comrade to safety during an air attack. Keiser died, 10 December 1942, of natural causes in his quarters while serving as Chief of Staff to IX Bomber Command in Middle
Eastern Air Force. Probably the youngest airman to ever become Colonel at age 28. Born, 5 September 1914, in Hancock OH. Buried in the North Africa American Cemetery in
Tunis, Tunisia. He was also awarded the DFC with two Oak Leaf Clusters.
M/V L. F. Marsili
||Italian school in port ship M/V L. F. Marsili moored pierside in an Italian port, date and location unknown
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