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USAV COL. Donald M. Keiser (FS-212)

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-212), 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. Donald M. Keiser, date unknown
  • During World War II COL. Donald M. Keiser was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, date and location unknown
  • Sold, date unknown, renamed MV Ruth Ann
  • Resold, in 1969 to an Italian firm, reflagged Italy, renamed M/V L. F. Marsili
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1988
    Displacement 575 t.
    Length 180'
    Beam 32'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    two 500hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 diesel engines
    twin screws

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    Col. Donald M Keiser 32k
    Donald M Keiser was a US Army Air Corp officer who received the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action at Malang, Java 20 February 1942 for carrying a wounded comrade to safety during an air attack. Keiser died, 10 December 1942, of natural causes in his quarters while serving as Chief of Staff to IX Bomber Command in Middle Eastern Air Force. Probably the youngest airman to ever become Colonel at age 28. Born, 5 September 1914, in Hancock OH. Buried in the North Africa American Cemetery in Tunis, Tunisia. He was also awarded the DFC with two Oak Leaf Clusters.
    Tommy Trampp
    M/V L. F. Marsili
    Col. Donald M Keiser
    64k Italian school in port ship M/V L. F. Marsili moored pierside in an Italian port, date and location unknown John Spivey

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