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USAV Col. Sam L. Ellis (FS-209)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Aircraft Repair Ship
  • Laid down between October 1944 and January 1945 as Freight Supply Vessel (FS-209), at Higgins Industries, New Orleans LA.
  • Launched between October 1944 and January 1945
  • Delivered between October 1944 and January 1945 to the War Shipping Administration and allocated to the War Department
  • Converted to an Aircraft Repair Ship at Mobile Air Tactical Command Brookley Field, Mobile, AL.
  • Commissioned, Col. Sam L. Ellis, date unknown
  • During World War II Col. Sam L. Ellis was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, date and location unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 575 t.
    Length 180'
    Beam 32'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion two 500hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 diesel engines
    twin screws

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    Col.  Sam Love Ellis 19k
    Sam Love Ellis was a US Army Air Corp officer born and reared in Knoxville, TN., after graduating from high school in 1914 he attended the University of Tennessee from 1914 to 1917, and did graduate work in the College of Law at San Antonio, Texas.
    Enlisting early in 1918 as a cadet in the Army Air Force, he trained at the graduate pursuit school at Gerstner Field, La., and then at Issoudun, France. From there, he went into service in the 141st Pursuit Squadron at Toul, France for the duration of World War I and then was with the Army of Occupation with base at Coblenz, Germany. Subsequently, he became commanding officer of the 147th, the 94th and the 3rd Pursuit Squadron, serving in that capacity until 1932, with time out as commanding officer for cadets from 1925-30.
    In 1933 he was selected by the army to attend Command and Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and his superiors kept him on there as an instructor until 1935 when Col Ellis, and he was ordered to the Philippines to take charge of airfield construction. Ordered back to the states to army chief of aviation for the Third Army in 1940.
    In 1941 he was ordered to Big Springs TX. as project officer for school construction. In 1942 he was assigned as project officer and commanding officer Big Spring Bombardier school. He died of a heart attack while serving at Big Spring.
    Tommy Trampp

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