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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

  • Laid down in 1942 as a US Army design 257-A steel hulled tug at Port Houston Iron Works Inc., Houston, TX.
  • Launched in 1943
  • Delivered to the US Army Quartermaster Corps, February 1943
  • Assigned to the US Army Transportation Corps, placed in service as ST-85
  • During World War II ST-85 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater
  • Retired from US Army service circa 1946
  • Acquired in 1948 by Esperance Inc., New York, N.Y .
  • Towed to Argentina in 1948 by Tug Snohomish
  • Acquired circa 1948 by the Ministry of Public Works, Buenos Aires, Argentina, named 253-B
  • Final Disposition, sank in the Parana River in 1975
    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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