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Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row- Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberatin Medal

USAV FS-168 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Freight-Supply Vessel
  • Laid down, circa 1944, as Design 330 Freight-Supply Vessel FS-168, at Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA.
  • Launched in 1944
  • Delivered to the US Army Quartermaster Corps between July and October 1944
  • Assigned to the US Army Transportation Corps
  • Commission USAV FS-168, 27 September 1944, at New Orleans, LTjg. Richard W. Jones, USCG in command
  • LTjg. Jones was relieved, by LTJG Joseph A. Kean, USCGR, 27 September 1944
  • USAV FS-168 was assigned to the Southwest Pacific area and operated at Mindoro, Tacloban, Zamboanga, etc.
  • Decommissioned 2 October 1944
  • Sold 1964 to Ocean Science & Engineering (South Africa) to be used for marine prospecting. 1964-1972, named MV Rockeater, reflagged South Africa
  • Donated in 1972 to the False Bay Conservation Society
  • Rockeater was towed to Smitswinkel Bay on 15th December 1972 and scuttled.
  • Final Disposition, sunk, 15 December 1972, in Smitswinkel Bay, Cape Peninsula, South Africa
    Displacement 557 gross tons
    Length 177'
    Beam 33'
    Draft 10'
    Speed 12 kts
    Freight Capacity unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion two 500hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 diesel engines, twin screws
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    53k The sinking of the MV Rockeater (Ex-USAV FS-168) in Smitswinkel Bay, Cape Peninsula, South Africa, 15 December 1972.
    Photographer unknown. WRECKSITE - ROCKEATER 1944">
    Robert Hurst
    29k The wreck of the diamond prospecting ship MV Rockeater in Smitswinkel Bay, Cape Peninsula, South Africa, May 2011.
    Courtesy Jean Tresfon. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license - Wikimedia Commons
    Robert Hurst
    54k General arrangement sketch of the wreck of the MV Rockeater, False Bay, Cape Peninsula. May 2011.
    Courtesy Peater Wouthwood. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license - Wikimedia Commons
    Robert Hurst

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