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USS Supply (AVS-1)
USS Supply (IX-147) (1944 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Sierra - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Supply Class Aviation Stores Issue Ship:
  • Built in 1921 as MS Ward, by Doullut & Williams, New Orleans, LA.
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 5 February 1944 at Pearl Harbor, T.H.
  • Converted for Naval service as an Aviation Supply Issue Ship
  • Commissioned USS Supply (IX-147), 8 February 1944, LCDR. A. J. F. Schmidt, USNR, in command.
  • During World War II USS Supply was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and assault of southern Palau Islands (Peleliu), 6 to 14 October 1944

  • Following World War II USS Supply was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 2 November 1945
  • Redesignated Aviation Supply Ship (AVS-1), 25 May 1945
  • Decommissioned, 4 February 1946 and returned to the War Shipping Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
  • USS Supply earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Sold by the Maritime Commission, 26 January 1947, to Florida Pipe and Supply Co.,
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 13,250 (fl.)
    Length 411'9"
    Beam 55'
    Draft 27' 2"
    Speed 11.8 kts.
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 152
    one single 4"/50 cal gun mount
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity Diesel-7,675 Bbls
    one Busch-Sulzer Diesel 6 CMT engine
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 340Kw 240V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 35Kw 240V D.C.
    single propeller, 3,500shp

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    Supply 99k USS Supply (AVS-1) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 84651, from the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Supply (IX-147 / AVS-1)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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