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USAV LT. Raymond Zussman (FS-246)
USAV FS-246 (1944 - 1945)
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 in 1944 as the Design 342 Freight-Supply Vessel (FS-246), for the US Army at Northwesten Shipbuilding Co., South Bellingham, WA.
Launched in 1944
Delivered June 1944 to the US Army Quartermaster Corps
Allocated to the US Army Transportation Corps, Commissioned USAV FS-246, date unknown
During World War II USAV FS-246 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, South West Pacific Area
Named USAV LT. Raymond Zussman (FS-246) circa late 1945
Decommissioned, date and location unknown
Purchased, 9 June 1950, by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
Operated by the Fish and Wildlife Service as the "Pribilof tender", a dedicated supply vessel used to transport passengers and cargo to and from the Pribilof Islands
FWS formally renamed the ship MV Penguin II, 21 September 1950
Placed out service in 1963 and sold her at auction in Seattle, 18 August 1964
Renamed MV Aurora reflagged Colombia, date unknown
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 540 t.
Speed 12 kts.
Propulsion 875-hp (740-kw) Fairbanks-Morse diesel engine
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||USAV LT. Raymond Zussman (FS-246) circa 1950 when first acquired by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS),
She replaced the damaged by fire MV Penguin as the FWS's Pribilof Islands tender. Renamed MVPenguin II, she transported cargo to and from
the islands until it she deemed too small and inadequate. She was retired in 1963 and sold.
U.S. Army photos by Sgt. William L. Logan. Photo provided by Auke Bay Laboratories (AFSC)
|NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center
||The lack of adequate landings at the Pribilof Islands in Alaska required the use of baidars (skin boats) to haul cargo ashore from the
anchored Pribilof Islands tender MVPenguin II, an often lengthy process due to weather conditions, Summer 1962.
||NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center
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Second Lieutenant Raymond Zussman, United States Army Medal of Honor Citation
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