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USS Chourre (ARV-1)

/International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Quebec - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Second Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Philippine Liberation Medal - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Chourre Class Aircraft Repair Ship
  • Originally authorized as the Internal Combustion Engine Repair Ship Dumaran (ARG-14)
  • Reclassified as Aircraft Repair Ship Chourre, 22 February 1944
  • Laid down, 20 April 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCE 2637) at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Baltimore, MD.
  • Launched, 22 May 1944
  • Commissioned, USS Chourre (ARV-1), 7 December 1944, CAPT. Andrew H. Bergeson USN in command
  • During World War II USS Chourre was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Chourre was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 29 October 1945 to 2 January 1946
  • Decommissioned, 28 November 1948, at Stockton, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Stockton Group
  • Recommissioned, 21 February 1952
  • During the Korean War USS Chourre participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    11 to 14 October 1952
    16 to 20 November 1952
    Third Korean Winter
    18 to 20 December 1952
    18 to 21 January 1953
    5 to 7 February 1953
    13 to 15 February 1953
  • Decommissioned, 13 September 1955, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 31 October 1960, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1961
  • USS Chourre received 2 battle stars for Korean War service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 February 1971, to Union Minerals & Alloys, Corp.,
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,350 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 22' (lim)
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Officers 71
    Enlisted 507
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    Largest boom capacity 5 tons
    Ship's service generators
    two turbo drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    two Diesel drive 350Kw 450V A.C.
    Fuel Oil Capacity
    NSFO 9,500 Bbls
    Diesel 515 Bbls
    one vertical triple expansion steam engine
    two Babcock & Wilcox header type boilers 220psi 450°
    single propeller, 2,500shp.
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    Chourre 25k USS Chourre (ARV-1) underway with a harbor tug alongside, date and location unknown. Gunter Krebs
    Chourre 147k Overhead view of USS Chourre (ARV-1) underway, date and location unknown. Note the crew manning the rails.
    US Navy photo.
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Chourre 93k USS Chourre (ARV-1) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Chourre 97k USS Chourre (ARV-1) at anchor, 11 August 1945, probably in the Philippines at San Pedro Bay, Leyte Island.
    US Navy photo # 80-G-337970 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Robert Hurst
    139k USS Chourre (ARV-1) near the San Francisco Naval Shipyard, 27 March 1952 after a routine overhaul.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photos # 19-N-141292 and 19-N-141291, RG-19 LCM now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    128k USS Chourre (ARV-1) underway, circa 1953, location unknown.
    U.S. Navy photo
    Nicholas Tiberio

    USS Chourre (ARV-1)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Bergeson, Andrew Harold, USN (USNA 1927)7 December 1944 - June 1946
    02CAPT. Koepke, Lyle Lawrence, USN (USNA 1930)June 1946 - ?
     Decommissioned28 November 1948 - 21 February 1952
    03CAPT. Gill, Frank Fulgham, USN21 February 1952 - May 1953
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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

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