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USS Grasp (ARS-24)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Alpha - November

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row - Navy Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (3) - American Campaign Medal
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (5)
Fifth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Vietnam, Korea) - Vietnam Service Medal (5) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (2)
Sixth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Diver Class Rescue and Salvage Ship:
  • Laid down, 27 April 1943, at Basalt Rock Co., Napa, CA.
  • Launched, 31 July 1943
  • Commissioned USS Grasp (ARS-24), 22 August 1944, LCDR. Jacob F. Lawson, in command
  • During World War II USS Grasp was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 6 to 18 January 1945
    Manila Bay-Bicol operations
    Zambales-Subic Bay, 6 to 18 January 1945
    Nasugbu, 31 January to 2 February 1945
    Mariveles-Corregidor, 14 to 18 February 1945

  • Decommissioned, 12 December 1946, at Astoria, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Astoria
  • Recommissioned, 10 October 1950, at San Diego, CA., LCDR. Sam J. Brown in command
  • During the Korean War USS Grasp participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean Service Medal
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    First UN Counter Offensive
    8 March to 13 April 1951
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    26 to 30 August 1952
    15 September to 11 October 1952
    20 to 25 November 1952
    27 to 30 November 1952
    1 to 24 December 1952
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    5 to 27 June 1951
    Third Korean Winter
    4 to 24 January 1953
    13 February to 8 March 1953
    22 March to 5 April 1953
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    19 August to 13 September 1951

  • During the Vietnam War USS Grasp participated in the following campaigns:

    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Advisory Campaign
    14 to 17 September 1963
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    16 to 22 February 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    19 to 20 June 1968
    Tet/69 Counteroffensive
    23 February to 9 April 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    5 July to 1 September 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    8 to 31 August 1970
    19 September to 3 October 1970
    18 to 20 March 1971
    29 March to 4 April 1971

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 March 1978
  • Sold to South Korea, 31 March 1978 under the Security Assistance Program
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Grasp earned her first Navy Unit Commendation for service in Salvage, Fire Fighting, and Rescue Unit, Service Force, 7th Fleet - Philippine Islands area, 6 January to 10 January 1945, plus two battle stars for World War II service, five battle stars for Korean War service, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with five campaign stars for Vietnam service
    Displacement 1,530 t.(lt) 1,940 t.(lim)
    Length 213' 6"
    Beam 39' 6"
    Draft 14' 4" (lim)
    Speed 14.8 kts.(trial)
    Officers 7
    Enlisted 113
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 Tons
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel Oil - 2,300 Bbls.
    Gasoline - 2,400 Bbls.
    As Built
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    three twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    After 1963-64 Overhaul
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    one single 40mm gun mount
    four Cooper Bessemer GSB-8 diesel engines driving four General Electric electric motors
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    Ships' Service Generators
    one Cooper Bessemers FS-6 Diesel-drive 200Kw 120V D.C.
    twin propellers, 3,000shp

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    " Grasp
    156k U.S.N. salvors from the salvage vessel USS Grasp (ARS-24), assisted by a Korean boy, study a recalcitrant air compressor used to blow air into the tanks of the South Korean LST M-170.
    Images and text from Mud, Muscles, and Miracles: Marine Salvage in the United States Navy. 2nd Edition. Captain Charles A. Bartholomew, USN, and Commander William I. Milwee, Jr., (Ret.). Naval History & Heritage Command, Naval Sea Systems Command, Department of the Navy, Washington, D.C., 2009.
    Robert Hurst
    Grasp 98k USS Grasp (ARS-24) docking/undocking at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI., in 1954.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, May 1955
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Grasp 32k USS Grasp (ARS-24) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Courtesy Jerry Lentz
    via NAFTS
    National Association
    of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Grasp 110k USS Grasp (ARS-24) underway off Oahu, Hawaii, circa, early 1960s. The ship still has her original tubs behind the bridge with their two 40-mm twin gun mounts.
    US Navy photo #. KN-4910, courtesy
    Mike Green
    " Grasp
    195k It's a dirty job! A USN salvor from USS Grasp (ARS-24) with a fire hose washes mud out of the RPS Rajah Solman to lighten the ship.
    Images and text from Mud, Muscles, and Miracles: Marine Salvage in the United States Navy. 2nd Edition. Captain Charles A. Bartholomew, USN, and Commander William I. Milwee, Jr., (Ret.). Naval History & Heritage Command, Naval Sea Systems Command, Department of the Navy, Washington, D.C., 2009.
    Robert Hurst
    Grasp 121k USS Grasp (ARS-24) underway off Oahu, Hawaii, 21 March 1967. Note the single 40mm gun mount on the signal bridge.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # USN 1122603, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Grasp 1237k USS Grasp (ARS-24) (outboard) and USS Safeguard (ARS-25) (inboard) conducting salvage operations of USS Regulus (AF-57) after she ran aground on a reef at Kau I Chau Island off the coast of Hong Kong following the passing of Typhoon Rose on 16-17 August 1971.
    US Navy photo
    Joseph Colombara USS Abnaki
    Grasp 44k USS Grasp (ARS-24) moored pierside at Naval Station Guam.
    "I think we need a bigger crane!"
    Photo by Eli Blanco RM3, USS Wandank

    USS Grasp (ARS-24)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Lawson, Jacob Frank, USN22 August 1944 - 10 April 1945
    02LT. Scoville, Charles Arthur, USN10 April 1945 - 12 December 1946
     Decommissioned12 December 1946 - 10 October 1950
    03LCDR. Brown, Samuel Joseph, USN10 October 1950 - 30 June 1952
    04LCDR. Roliman, Richard W., USNR30 June 1952 - 18 January 1954
    05LCDR. Hale, James Charles, USN18 January 1954 - 18 January 1956
    06LCDR. Gros, Willie Joseph, USN18 January 1956 - 13 February 1958
    07LCDR. Meyer, Joseph Peter, USN13 February 1958 - 17 September 1960
    08LCDR. Byington, Ward Gregory, USN (USNA 1947)17 September 1960 - 29 November 1962
    09LCDR. Tyson, Billie Cardwell, USN 29 November 1962 - 30 June 1964
    10LCDR. Blundell, Peveril, USN (USNA 1953)30 June 1964 - 13 January 1967
    11LCDR. Nicholson, Walker Dupuis (Nick), USN13 January 1967 - 5 March 1969
    12LCDR. Gann, Dewey Leslie, USN5 March 1969 - 29 March 1971
    13LCDR. Young, Bruce Albert, USN 29 March 1971 - 9 August 1972
    14LCDR. Hillis, Robert J., USN9 August 1972 - November 1974
    15LCDR. Brucato, Philip Edward, USNNovember 1974 - 3 November 1976
    16LCDR. Ostertag, James Joseph, USN3 November 1976 - 28 February 1978
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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