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USS Antares (AKS-3)
USS Antares (AG-10) (1922 - 1940)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Tango - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (two-7 December 1941, 25 June 1945)
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Defense Service Medal (with bronze star in lieu of Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Antares Class Miscellaneous Auxiliary:
  • Assigned to name SS Shakopee, name changed, to SS Nedmac, date unknown
  • Laid down, 3 July 1917, as SS Nedmac, under a United States Shipping Board (USSB) contract at American International Ship Building Corp.
  • Launched, 30 May 1919
  • Delivered to the USSB, 26 July 1919
  • Acquired by the Navy, 14 November 1921
  • Commissioned USS Antares (AG-10), 23 February 1922 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA., LCDR. Howard E. Pinkham, USNRF, in command
  • Reclassified General Stores Ship (AKS-3), 30 November 1940
  • During World War II USS Antares was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941 Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 9 May to 18 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Antares was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September to 30 November 19451 December 1945 to 18 April 1946

  • Decommissioned, 2 August 1946 at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Vessel Register, 25 September 1946
  • USS Antares earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 18 September 1947, to Kaiser and Co.1947
    Displacement 9,720 t.(lim)
    Length 401'
    Beam 54' 2"
    Draft 24' 5"
    Speed 11.5 kts.
    Officers 17
    Enlisted 213
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    AGS - 6-pdrs (authorized but not installed at time of commissioning)
    AKS - two 5"/51 cal dual purpose gun mounts, four 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts, eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 7,340 Bbls
    one General Electric Curtis turbine
    three Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 215psi 475°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    one turbo-drive 50Kw 120V D.C.
    two turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    United States Shipping Board
    Antares 183k Newspaper clipping of SS Nedmac launch, 30 May 1919, at American International Ship Building Corp., Hog Island, PA.
    Photo by Photographer is George Groesbeck.
    John Burdett
    USS Antares (AG-10)
    Antares 251k USS Antares (AG-10) at anchor, date and location unknown. Jim Kurrasch
    Battleship Iowa Pacific Battleship Center
    Antares 127k USS Antares (AG-10) assisted by Samoset (YT-5) departing Philadelphia Navy Yard, bound for Panama, 1 March 1923.
    US National Archives, RG-19-A-31. Photo No. Unknown, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Antares 177k USS Antares (AG-10) at anchor in September 1924, location unknown. Note the crew mustered at quarters, her two forward hatches open, and a Navy tug alongside to port. She was serving as the fleet tender and target repair vessel for the Scouting Fleet in the Atlantic and was the flagship of Train Squadron One of the Fleet Base Force.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 1220, courtesy
    Mike Green
    118k Target Repair Ship USS Antares (AG-10) at anchor location unknown, 2 May 1927. Antares was assigned to the Fleet Base Force.
    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 1033
    Robert Hurst
    Antares 289k USS Antares (AG-10) signed photo, date and location unknown. Will Seippel
    Antares 116k USS Antares (AG-10) at anchor between the wars, date and location unknown.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. Photo No. 19-N-26702 Courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Antares 406k USS Antares (AG-10) mooring dockside, location unknown, 1934.
    Photo by CWO4 Cecil L.Wood USMC.
    Donald Wood for his father CWO4 Cecil L. Wood USMC.
    364k Stern view of USS Antares (AG-10), circa 1930s, location unknown.
    Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
    Darryl Baker
    USS Antares (AKS-3)
    111k General Stores Ship USS Antares (AKS-3) at anchor location unknown, circa 1941.
    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 67563
    Robert Hurst
    Antares 127k USS Antares (AKS-3) probably photographed at Pearl Harbor circa August-September 1942. She was given the then-standard armament for older auxiliaries of two-5"/51 and four-3"/50 guns, but in her installation the after 5" and 3" guns swapped positions, with the 5" gun superfiring over the 3" guns on the fantail. The forward pair of 3" guns is abreast the foremast.
    USN Navy Bureau of Ships photo # 19-N-34745, courtesy Shipscribe
    Mike Green
    Antares 76k USS Antares (AKS-3) at anchor, circa 1943-1945, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 83307, courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Antares (AG-10 / AKS-3)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Pinkham, Howard Edward, USNRF23 February 1922 - 8 January 1923
    03CAPT. Fremont Jr., John Charles30 June 1923 - ?
    02CAPT. Pope, Ralph Elton? - 11 November 1923
    04LCDR. Johnson, Benjamin Kent11 November 1923 - 7 July 1924
    05CAPT. Long, Byron Andrew7 July 1924 - ?
    06CAPT. Cook, Harold Earle2 June 1926 - 8 June 1928
    07CAPT. Jeffers, William Nicholson8 June 1928 - 13 May 1929
    08CAPT. Soulé, Jr., Charles Carroll13 May 1929 - 8 July 1930
    09CDR. Beck, William Lewis8 July 1930 - 15 June 1932
    10CDR. Gill, Charles Clifford15 June 1932 - 27 May 1933
    11CDR. Keller, Henry Rupert27 May 1933 - ?
    15CDR. Pamperin, Lyell St. Louis13 May 1937 - 15 June 1938
    16CDR. DuVal, Jr., Miles Percy.15 June 1938 - 3 July 1939
    17CAPT. Grannis, Lawrence Charles3 July 1939 - 1941
    18CDR. Bellingham, Harold Jackson10 March 1942 - 12 April 1944
    19LCDR. Skolfield, Ellis Percy12 April 1944 - 15 February 1945
    20LCDR. Kendall, James Edward15 February 1945 - 22 March 1945
    21LCDR. Gansa, Nicholas Thomas22 March 1945 - 2 August 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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    MARAD Vessel History Database
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