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USS Hoist (ARS-40)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Whiskey - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation (3)
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation (2)
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - Battle "E" Ribbon (5) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (Cuba)
Third Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Fourth - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba, 2-Lebanon)

Bolster Class Rescue and Salvage Ship:
  • Laid down, 13 September 1944, at Basalt Rock Co., Napa, CA.
  • Launched, 31 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS Hoist (ARS-40), 21 July 1945, LCDR. Rudolph M. Brunner in command
  • During World War II USS Hoist was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Hoist was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 7 October 1945 to 16 March 1946 while conducting salvage operations
  • Decommissioned and Struck from the Naval Register, 30 September 1994
  • Title transferred to the Maritime Administration, 29 November 2001
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Sold for scrapping, 17 July 2007 for $61,000 to North American Ship Recycling, Sparrows Point, MD.
  • Abandoned at Baltimore, MD., when North American Ship Recycling went out of business in 2007
  • Scrapping contract re-awarded, 30 November 2007, to Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake, VA., for $95,000
  • Final Disposition, towed from North American Ship Recycling at Baltimore, MD. to Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake, VA., 1 December 2007, for scrapping
    Displacement 1,497 t.(lt) 2,048 t.(fl)
    Length 213' 6"
    Beam 43'
    Draft 13' 9"
    Speed 16 kts.
    Officers 7
    Enlisted 113
    Largest Boom Capacity10 t.
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four .50 cal machine guns
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel 2,150 Bbls
    Gasoline 2,500 Gals
    four Cooper-Bessemer Diesel-electric, GSB-8 engines
    double Fairbanks-Morse Main Reduction Gears Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 200Kw 120V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    twin propellers, 3,000shp

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    Hoist 124k USS Hoist (ARS-40) under way in her Korean War configuration, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "Mud, Muscles, and Miracles" by Captain Charles A. Bartholomew, USN and Commander William I. Milwee, Jr., USN (Ret.)
    Robert Hurst
    Baldwin 101k USS Baldwin (DD-624) at right during operations to refloat her at Montauk Point, Long Island, N.Y., at 1030 hrs. 28 April 1961. The "mothballed" destroyer had broken free from her towline, 16 April 1961, and drifted ashore. Among the ships engaged in the salvage effort are USS Hoist (ARS-40), USS Salvager (ARSD-3), USS Windlass (ARSD-4) and a fleet tug (ATF). photographed from an aircraft based at Naval Air Station Quonset Point, R. I. Baldwin was towed seaward by USS Luiseno (ATF-156), bottom left, and USS Recovery (ARS-43), top left, and sunk by their gunfire, in 200 fathoms. Both Salvager and Windlass (ARSD-4), participated in towing her off the beach.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 99108
    Robert Hurst
    125k USS Hoist (ARS-40) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Anonymous., in memory of the USS Hoist (ARS-40) crew members living and deceased.
    Hoist 68k USS Hoist (ARS-40) at Boston, July 1962 with RV Trieste under tow. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Hoist 33k USS Hoist (ARS-40) under way in Hampton Roads, circa 1967 Courtesy Ed Lefebrve
    via NAFTS
    National Association
    of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Hoist 71k
    Hoist 45k
    Hoist 32k
    Hoist 397k USS Hoist (ARS-40) participating in SUBSALVEX69, and exercise in which ex-USS Hake (AGSS-256) was sunk in 110 feet of water in the Chesapeake Bay. Hoist worked with USS Preserver (ARS-8) to successfully salvage the submarine in two and one half weeks.
    US Navy photo
    Harold Weinbaum courtesy David A Downey BM2 (DV) USN USS Hoist 1967-68.
    Hoist 506k USS Hoist (ARS-40) under way in Spain, circa 1967-68.
    US Navy photo.
    Harold Weinbaum courtesy David A Downey BM2 (DV) USN USS Hoist 1967-68.
    Hoist 53k USS Hoist (ARS-40) under way date and location unknown. Tom Langford
    Hoist 84k USS Hoist (ARS-40) in bound to her homeport of Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA. The ship at the time was returning from a six month Mediterranean in November 1979. Photo by Bill Fessenden
    Hoist 1132k Port bow view of USS Hoist (ARS-40) moored at the Portsmouth Public Dock during an open house, 29 October 1989.
    DVIC photo # DN-ST-89-01495 by Don S. Montgomery USN Ret. from the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center.
    Bill Gonyo
    Hoist 64k USS Hoist (ARS-40) entering Gibraltar, 23 September 1993. Photo by Daniel Ferro
    343k USS Hoist (ARS-40) underway near Norfolk Naval Station, Norfolk, VA., May 1997 Photo by Dirk Dijksman
    Hoist 57k USS Hoist (ARS-40) laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., 2002. Joe Lombardi, Ocean Technical Services
    Hoist 127k Ex-USS Hoist (ARS-40) being moved by commercial tug through Hampton Roads (downtown Norfolk, VA. in the background) from North American Ship Recycling at Baltimore, MD. to Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake, VA., for scrapping, 1 December 2007 Photo by Mabel Clark
    Hoist 188k Ex-USS Hoist (ARS-40) moored pierside awaiting scrapping, at Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake, VA., 27 December 2007.
    Photo by KitsuneFX (real name unknown).
    Robert Hurst

    For more information about USS Hoist, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • Additional USS Hoist History
  • National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

  • Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Brunner, Rudolph Martin21 July 1945 - 29 August 1945
    02LCDR. Sibitzky, Martin Conrad (Ski)29 August 1945 - 14 October 1947
    03LT. Reed, Dale Frank14 October 1947 - 29 March 1948
    04LT. Shahan, Neil George29 March 1948 - 24 May 1951
    05LT. Simmons, Arthur Edwin24 May 1951 - 10 January 1952
    06LT. Kratochvil, Edward John10 January 1952 - 14 December 1953
    07LT. Bucolo, Mariano John, USN (USNA 1946)14 December 1953 - 20 May 1955
    08LCDR. Grey, George Stuart20 May 1955 - 7 June 1957
    09LCDR. Phalan Jr., Robert Albin7 June 1957 - 17 April 1959
    10LCDR. Bransom, Richard King17 April 1959 - 14 June 1960
    11LCDR. Geary, Mervyn Otis14 June 1960 - 18 January 1962
    12LCDR. Elliott, Edward Charles18 January 1962 - 15 June 1963
    13LCDR. Jennings, Gerald Warren15 June 1963 - 15 February 1965
    14LCDR. Kane, Paul Edward15 February 1965 - 26 November 1966
    15LCDR. Reynolds, Keith Austin26 November 1966 - 26 July 1967
    16LCDR. Lefebvre, Edward Joseph26 July 1967 - 1968
    17LCDR. Kurz, Walter Charles1968 - 13 January 1970
    18LCDR. Christiansen, Michael L.13 January 1970 - 8 June 1972
    19LCDR. Garden, Leon Bernard8 June 1972 - 4 March 1974
    20LCDR. Bissell, Allen Morris, USN (USNA 1960)4 March 1974 - 6 September 1975
    21LCDR. Kaiser, David Gordon6 September 1975 - 1977
    22LCDR. Durham, Andrew Canton1977 - 10 October 1979
    23LCDR. Driver, John Edward10 October 1979 - 31 July 1981
    25LCDR. Almy III, Gideon Wilcox31 July 1981 - 1983
    26LCDR. Wallace, David K.1983 - 12 August 1985
    27LCDR. Bafford, Barney R.12 August 1985 - 1987
    28LCDR. Freeman, Michael D.1989 - 1990
    29CDR. Mirick, Robert Allen (Rusty), USN (USNA 1979)1990 - October 1992
    30LCDR. Hendrick, Peter R.October 1992 - May1994
    31LCDR. Kurtz, Jonathan David, USN (USNA 1982)May 1994 - 30 September 1994
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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