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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

Marine Repair Ship:
  • Built in 1912-13 as the package boat SS Boston by Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ecorse, MI.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Completed and delivered in March 1913 to Western Transit Co.
  • Sold to the Great Lakes Transit Corp. in 1916, renamed SS J.M. Davis
  • Title acquired by the War Shipping Administration in 1942, from the Great Lakes Transit Corp.
  • Allocated to the War Department, date unknown
  • Modified for service as a Marine Repair Ship, dates and location unknown
  • USAMRS J.M. Davis was operated by a Coast Guard crew with administrative control retained by the Army
  • USAMRS J.M. Davis was assigned to the Southwest Pacific Area during World War II, housed 805th Army Ship Repair Unit in Japan in 1945
  • Delivered by the War Department, 4 April 1947, to the War Shipping Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Purchased, 9 May 1947, by the Great Lakes Transit Corp.
  • Withdrawn, 9 May 1947, from the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet and delivered to Great Lakes Transit Corp.
  • Resold to Pratt Steamship Co. in 1947
  • Resold in 1949 to Cia. Argentina De Transportes Maritimas S.R.L., renamed SS Canopus, reflagged Argentina
  • Final Disposition, Sold for scrapping in 1972 to Acenaz Bragado, demolition began at LaPlata, Argentina, in December, 1976
    Displacement 4,357 t. gross
    Length 358'
    Beam 40'
    Draft 30'
    Speed unknown
    Armament unknown
    Complement unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    Fuel Capacities unknown
    one reciprocating steam engine
    single shaft, 2,000 shp

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    J.M. Davis 42k SS Boston moored pierside in Great Lakes port while in merchant service for the Great Lakes Transit Corp., circa 1916-1942.
    HCGL /Main Thro Image ID 000563
    Bowling Green State University-Great Lakes Vessels Online

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    Last Updated 15 February 2019