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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

Marine Repair Ship:
  • Built in 1903 as the cargo ship SS Duluth by Chicago Shipbuilding Co., Chicago, IL.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Completed and delivered in December 1903 to Western Transit Co.
  • acquired by Great Lakes Transit Corp in 1916
  • Title acquired by the War Shipping Administration, 24 June 1942, from the Great Lakes Transit Corp.
  • Allocated to the War Department Transportation Corp., 19 April 1943
  • Modified for service as a Marine Repair Ship, dates and location unknown
  • USAMRS Duluth, Commissioned 15 August 1944, was operated by a Coast Guard crew with administrative control retained by the Army
  • USAMRS Duluth was assigned to the Southwest Pacific Area during World War II
  • Duluth departed San Francisco, 21 August 1944 and arrived, 2 September 1944 at Finschafen, New Guinea, to take up her duties as a Marine Repair Ship
  • From Finschafen Duluth moved on to Hollandia in October 1944
  • On 23 October 1944 Duluth participated in the Leyte Landings operation
  • 1 December 1946 Duluth returned to San Francisco
  • Decommissioned and delivered by the War Department, 1 April 1947, to the War Shipping Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Astoria, OR.
  • Purchased, 17 July 1947, by the Great Lakes Transit Corp.
  • Withdrawn, 26 April 1948, from the Astoria Reserve Fleet and delivered to Great Lakes Transit Corp.
  • Resold in July 1947, by the Peninsula Packers, converted to a cannery ship
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in Japan, in June 1955
    Displacement 4,369 t. gross
    Length 390'
    Beam 50'
    Draft 30'
    Speed 8 kts.
    one 3'/50 dual purpose gun mount
    six single 20mm gun mounts
    Coast Guard, unknown
    Army, 100
    Cruise Radius unknown
    Fuel Capacities unknown
    one reciprocating steam engine
    single shaft, 1,600 shp

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    Merchant Service
    Duluth - Named for the city of Duluth, Minnesota, which itself bore the name of Sir Daniel Greysolon De Lhut [Duluth] (1636-1710), the explorer who raised the French flag at the westernmost point of Lake Superior in 1679.
    Photo - Aerial image of the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, Canal Park and downtown Duluth. Taken over Lake Superior, June 2021. Photo by Chrisographer CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    Map - Map of the Duluth Minnesota vacinity on Lake Superior
    Tommy Trampp
    Duluth 55k SS Duluth underway on the Great Lakes in merchant service for the Great Lakes Transit Corp., circa 1916-1942.
    HCGL /Main Image ID 001467
    Bowling Green State University-Great Lakes Vessels Online
    USAMRS Duluth
    250k USAMRS Duluth underway in the Philippines, location unknown, circa 1946
    US National Archives Identifier 175739029, US Army Signal Corps photo # 111-SC-281686
    Vincent M. Solinap

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