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

Barge - Self-propelled:
  • Built between 1942 and 1944 a as US Army wooden hulled self- propelled Barge BSP-1918 by Maritime Shipyard, Seattle, WA.
  • Launched, between 1942 and 1944
  • Delivered to the US Army Quartermasters Corps between 1942 and 1944
  • Assigned to the US Army Transportation Corp. placed in service as self-propelled barge BSP-1918
    COMNORPAC War Diary February 1944.
    12 February 1944: BSP-1918 went on rocks southwest side of Chuginadak Island. Atlanta left Dutch harbor to assist.
    13 February 1944: FB-39 (COMNOPAC War Diary February, 1944 entry indicates FP-38 which may be in error) ordered from Atka to assist BSP-1918
    15 February 1944: Atlanta and BSP-1915 in Applegate Cove (Chuginadak Island) to attempt salvage and rescue.
    16 February 1944: USS Cree (ATF-84) departs Adak to relieve Atlanta. Army Barge BSP-1915 crashed on Eastern Shore of Chuginadak.
    18 February 1944: USS Cree reports BSP-1918 high on beach and crew camped nearby. Will attempt rescute of crew if weather permits.
    19 February 1944: Storms prevent Cree from evacuating crew of BSP-1918 from beach at Applegate Cove.
    26 February 1944: USS Oriole (AT-136) ordered to relieve Cree as rescue vessel for Army BSP-1918 at Applegate Cove. Cree reported unable to take BSP-1918 crew aboard. Recovered parts from crashed Kingfisher.
    27 February 1944: Cree departs for Adak. to try on 28 February to attempt removal of BSP crew from shore.
    29 February 1944: Oriole reports successful rescue of BSP-1918 crew at Applegate Cove.
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, 14 February 1944, ran grounded on rocks southwest side of Chuginadak Island, Alaska.
    Thanks to Ian W. Black
    Displacement 95 t.
    Length 86'
    Beam 24'
    Draft 7'5"
    Speed unknown
    Range unknown
    Complement 9
    Armament one 50cal machine gun
    Fuel Capacity unknown
    two diesel engines
    two shafts, 270shp

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