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Captain Eric J. Newman (LT-6)
Major Ocea L. Ferris (LT-6) (1944 - 19??)
LT-6 (1943 - 1944)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Design 271 Large Tugboat:
  • Built by Jakobson Shipyard, Oyster Bay, NY (YN 299)
  • Laid down, date unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered to the US Army Transportation Corps as LT 6, December 1943
  • Named Major Ocea L. Ferris (LT 6), 1944
  • Retained in Army service postwar
  • Renamed Captain Eric J. Newman, date unknown
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Registered to Wade Towing, Inc., Brownsville, TX, renamed Falcon (ON 290289), 1963
  • Later renamed Pat B.
  • Sold to St. Philip Towing Co., renamed Mary St. Philip, 1970s
  • Final disposition, reefed on Mariner Outboard Artificial Reef II, 1.5 miles off Pompano Beach, FL, April 1993
    Displacement 484 tons
    Length 162'
    Beam 27'
    Draft 13'
    Speed 9 kts
    Complement 23 (including gun crew of 6)
    Armament two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 280,000 gallons
    Propulsion one 6-cyl diesel engine
    single screw 400shp

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    Ocea Le Roy Ferris was born in Gettysburg, Dakota Territory, 05 December 1885, but spent his adult years in new York. Enlisting in the NY National Guard as a Private in the First Infantry, 17 October 1904, Ferris rose through the ranks to Quartermaster Sergeant, 12 May 1916. he served in the Mexican Campaign, and was commissioned a Captain in the Quartermaster Corps of the Regular Army, July 1917. Promoted to Major, 15 September 1918, he served as the executive officer of the Army Warehouse at Fort McPherson, Georgia and as Quartermaster at Camp Sevier, South Carolina. Ferris died at Walter Reed General Hospital, Washington, DC, 22 September 1921.

    Eric J. Newman was born in Rock Creek, Idaho, 21 September 1910, and was killed in action on Okinawa, 13 June 1945.

    Dave Wright

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