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USAV LT. Raymond Zussman (FS-246)

USAV FS-246 (1944 - 1945)

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 in 1944 as the Design 342 Freight-Supply Vessel (FS-246), for the US Army at Northwesten Shipbuilding Co., South Bellingham, WA.
  • Launched in 1944
  • Delivered June 1944 to the US Army Quartermaster Corps
  • Allocated to the US Army Transportation Corps, Commissioned USAV FS-246, date unknown
  • During World War II USAV FS-246 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, South West Pacific Area
  • Named USAV LT. Raymond Zussman (FS-246) circa late 1945
  • Decommissioned, date and location unknown
  • Purchased, 9 June 1950, by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
  • Operated by the Fish and Wildlife Service as the "Pribilof tender", a dedicated supply vessel used to transport passengers and cargo to and from the Pribilof Islands
  • FWS formally renamed the ship MV Penguin II, 21 September 1950
  • Placed out service in 1963 and sold her at auction in Seattle, 18 August 1964
  • Renamed MV Aurora reflagged Colombia, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 540 t.
    Length 148'
    Beam 33'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion 875-hp (740-kw) Fairbanks-Morse diesel engine
    single screw

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    LT. Raymond Zussman
    97k USAV LT. Raymond Zussman (FS-246) circa 1950 when first acquired by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), She replaced the damaged by fire MV Penguin as the FWS's Pribilof Islands tender. Renamed MVPenguin II, she transported cargo to and from the islands until it she deemed too small and inadequate. She was retired in 1963 and sold.
    U.S. Army photos by Sgt. William L. Logan. Photo provided by Auke Bay Laboratories (AFSC)
    NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center
    LT. Raymond Zussman
    LT. Raymond Zussman
    24k The lack of adequate landings at the Pribilof Islands in Alaska required the use of baidars (skin boats) to haul cargo ashore from the anchored Pribilof Islands tender MVPenguin II, an often lengthy process due to weather conditions, Summer 1962. NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center

    There is no history record available for LT. Raymond Zussman (FS-246) at NavSource
    Second Lieutenant Raymond Zussman, United States Army Medal of Honor Citation
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