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USCGC Spruce (II) (WAK-246)
USAV FS-222 (1945 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Romeo - Whiskey - Hotel

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 Liberation Medal

USAV FS-222 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-222, at Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA.
  • Launched in 1944
  • Delivered to the US Army Quartermaster Corps January 1945
  • Assigned to the US Army Transportation Corps
  • Commission USAV FS-222, 31 January 1945, at New Orleans, LTjg. J.A. Sayre, USCGR in command
  • LTjg. J.A. Sayre was succeeded by LT. J.V. Freeny, USCG, date unknown
  • LT. J.V. Freeny was succeeded by LTjg. A.L. Lundberg, USCG, 25 September 1945
  • USAV FS-222 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, Southwest Pacific Area during World War II
  • Released from Coast Guard control, AF WESPAC, 13 January 1946 and transferred to control of Administration Commander, Coast Guard Activities SWPA, Philippine Sea Frontier
  • Decommissioned and retired from US Army service, 18 January 1946 and turned over to the US Coast Guard
  • Commissioned USCGC Spruce (WAK-246) in January 1946, homeported at Honolulu
  • Spruce was assigned to delivering construction and logistic supplies to the expanding Pacific LORAN chain
  • Due to a lack of personnel, she was ordered to steam to Seattle in 1947, where she was placed "out of commission, in reserve."
  • Formally decommissioned, 6 January 1948, and was placed in storage at the Coast Guard moorings at Kennydale, WA.
  • Turned over to the Coast & Geodetic Survey, 17 May 1950
  • Sold in 1961 to MarĂ­tima Mexicana S.A. de C.V. Renamed Mexicali, reflagged Mexico
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 935 tons
    Length 176'1"
    Beam 32'
    Draft 10'
    Speed 13.7 kts
    Cruising Range 4,000 miles
    Cargo Capacity 300 t.
    Deck Gear
    one x 15-ton capacity boom
    two x 5-ton capacity booms
    (1945) 30
    (1947 36
    Electronics SO-4 radar
    (1945) one 40mm/60 gun mount
    (1947) none
    Propulsion two 500hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 diesel engines, twin screws
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    35k Ex-USAV FS-222 in MarĂ­tima Mexicana S.A. de C.V. service, drydocked, date and location unknown..
    John Spivey

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