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Lost to enemy action, 18 July 1944


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Individual Awards

Purple Hearts (18 July 1944)
  • Laid down in 1943 as a US Army design 257-A steel hulled tug at JK Welding Brooklyn N.Y.
  • Launched in August 1943
  • Delivered to the US Army Quartermaster Corps, December 1943
  • Assigned to the US Army Transportation Corps, placed in service as ST-75
  • ST-75 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater
  • Final Disposition, sunk by German gunfire from Guernsey Island, Channel Islands, 18 July 1944.
    Straying from a convoy from Southampton to Cherbourg in dense fog ST-75 and five other tugs lost contact with the convoy around midnight. The following morning the tugs master set a northerly course but before the tug could clear the Channel Islands German shore batteries on Guernsey opened fire. As the tug began to sink the crew abandoned ship and were picked up the next day by a Canadian destroyer. Casualties included one sailor who refused to abandon ship, a sergeant that later died of his wounds and an officer with severe wounds to his legs.
    Displacement 106 gross tons
    Length 74'
    Beam 20'
    Draft 8.4'
    Speed 9.3 kts
    Complement unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    one 6cyl Atlas-Imperial type 6BM, 400bhp
    single three bladed propeller

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