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USS Saugus (MCS-4)
USS Saugus (LSV-4) (1945 - 1956)

Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Alpha - Bravo
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)

Osage Class Mine Layer
  • Laid down a Net Layer (AN-4), 27 July 1942 at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS
  • Reclassified a Transport (AP-109), 1 May 1943
  • Launched, 4 September 1943
  • Reclassified an Osage Class Landing Ship Vehicle, 21 April 1944
  • Completed by Tampa Bay Shipbuilding Co., Tampa Bay FL.
  • Commissioned USS Saugus (LSV-4), 22 February 1945, CAPT. Robert S. Bertschy, USN, in command
  • During World War II USS Saugus was assigned to th Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Saugus was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    22 to 26 September 1945
    11 to 22 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 24 March 1947, at San Diego CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Redesignated an Osage Class Mine Countermeasures Support Ship (MCS-4), 18 October 1956
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 28 October 1960, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 July 1961
  • Permanent custody transferred to the Maritime Administration, 1 October 1962
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 19 July 1976, to National Metal & Steel Corp. for $470,000.00 a two ship sale (PD-X-1009), delivered 9 August 1976
    Displacement 5,625 t(lt) 9,040 t.(fl)
    Length 451' 4"
    Beam 60' 3"
    Draft 20' (limit)
    Speed 20.3 kts (trial)
    LSV Complement
    Officers 114
    Enlisted 450
    Troop Capacity
    122 Officers
    1236 Enlisted
    19 LVT or 29 DUKW
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts, forward
    one twin 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount, aft
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    twenty single 20mm AA gun mounts
    two General Electric geared turbines
    four Combustion Engineering 2-drum boilers, 400psi 700°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    four 500Kw 450V A.C. turbo-drive Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 11,000shp

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    298k Saugus (LSV-4) stern and port side forward ship building progress photos, 5 July 1944, Tampa Shipbuilding Co. Inc., Tampa Bay, FL. Rick Davis
    558k Saugus (LSV-4) bow and port side forward ship building progress photos, 8 January 1945, Tampa Shipbuilding Co. Inc., Tampa Bay, FL. Rick Davis
    NARA Photo # 19-N-81092
    215k USS Saugus (LSV-4) underway while running builders trials near her conversion yard at Tampa, Florida, 5 March 1945. Note the two Welin boat davits on the port side amidships and the relocated 5"/38 single mount aft. Saugus was completed with a single instead of a twin 5"/38 gun mount aft.
    U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No.'s 19-N-81092 and US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-81095, U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green and
    Rick Davis
    NARA Photo # 19-N-81095
    480k USS Saugus (LSV-4) underway off the coast of northern California, near San Francisco in 1944. Her camouflage is Measure 31 Design 15L. David Buell
    187k The anxious crew of USS Saugus (LSV-4) docking at Portland, OR., 23 December 1945, after concluding a WestPac cruise.
    Oregon Historical Society Lot284.1069
    John Chiquoine

    USS Saugus (LSV-4)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Bertschy, Robert Sylvester USN (USNA 1924)22 February 1945 - 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
    Association of Minemen
    Minewarfare Association

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