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USS Harcourt (IX-225)

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 - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

  • Laid down, 23 November 1942, as John M. Clayton, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 687) at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 27 December 1942
  • Operated by American-Hawaiian Steamship Co. until 2 January 1945 when she was severely damaged by a Japanese bomb during the Mindoro landings
  • Acquired by the US Navy and repaired
  • Commissioned USS Harcourt (IX-225), 22 June 1945, LCDR. H. T. Shelly in command
  • During World War II USS Harcourt was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Harcourt was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 17 September 1945 to 31 March 1946
  • Decommissioned, 17 May 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, in 1962 to Zidell Exploration Co.
    Displacement 3,381 t.(lt)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 27' 1"
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement 71
    one 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    four single 40mm AA gun mounts
    reciprocating steam engine,
    two boilers
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    SS John M. Clayton
    Harcourt 40k SS John M. Clayton underway, 7 June 1943, place unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo
    David Nixon
    USS Harcourt (IX-225)
    Harcourt 98k USS Harcourt (IX-225) probably shown returning to San Francisco in April, 1946. Harcourt was commissioned, June 22, 1945, after, being bombed and then beached during the Mindoro landings, while operating as the SS John M. Clayton. Unlike several other torpedoed and bombed EC2-S-C1 hulled Liberty ships, the propulsion machinery of this ship remained operational, and her structural strength was largely restored. A slightly inferior print of this photograph is filed at the Naval History and Heritage Command as No. NH 84196.
    Photo courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Harcourt (IX-225)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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