- USS Shackle (ARS-9)
USS Shackle (ARS-9) was an "Diver"-class
rescue and salvage shipcommissioned by the U.S. Navyfor service in World War II. She was responsible for coming to the aid of stricken vessels.
"Shackle" (ARS-9) was laid down on
26 October 1942by the Basalt Rock Co., Napa, California; launched on 1 April 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Walker Cochran; and commissioned on 5 February 1944, Lt. Charles G. Jenkins, Jr., in command.
World War II service
Following shakedown out of
San Diego, California,, "Shackle" proceeded to Pearl Harbor. In May, she continued west to Midway Islandwhere she cleared the entrance channel of the wreckage of "Macaw" (ARS-11). She then returned to Hawaii; and, in late November, took "ARD-2H" in tow and again headed west. Brief duties at Eniwetok, Guam, and Saipanfollowed; and, in late January 1945, she commenced preparations for the assault on Iwo Jima.
A unit of
Task Force51, she arrived in the Volcano Islandson 19 Februaryand remained until 10 March. Having completed over 44 salvage and diving assignments, she then sailed for Ulithito prepare for the Okinawacampaign. On 27 March, she departed the Carolinesfor the Ryukyuswhere, operating from Kerama Retto, she provided assistance to ships on the vulnerable screening stations in the Okinawaarea and made repairs and pumped water from damaged ships in preparation for docking them. In May alone, she provided salvage and repair assistance to 21 ships, many of which were kamikazevictims.
Minesweeping the East China Sea
1 July, "Shackle" joined Task Group 39.11, a mine-sweeping group; and, during that month, as area "Juneau" in the East China Seawas swept, she combined salvage and mine disposal duties. At the end of the month, she returned to Buckner Bay, where, on 12 August, she witnessed the torpedoing of "Pennsylvania" (BB-38) and immediately commenced salvage work on the damaged battleship. Three days later, the war ended.
"Shackle" remained in the
Buckner Bayarea until 20 September. She then sailed for Tokyo Baywhere, into November, she was employed in clearing the docking area at Yokosuka. On the 27th, she started back across the Pacific Ocean. Salvage duties interrupted her voyage at Wake Island. At the end of December, she arrived at Pearl Harbor; and, in. February 1946, continued on to the west coast.
She remained at
San Diego, California, until ordered to San Francisco, California, where, on 29 June, she was decommissioned and transferred to the United States Coast Guard.
23 February 2007"Acushnet" was designated as the "Oldest Commissioned Cutter" in the fleet and that she shall have gold hull numbers to show its distinction.
Military awards and honors
"Shackle" (ARS-9) earned three
battle starsduring World War II:
* Iwo Jima operation (Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 10 March 1945)
* Okinawa Gunto operation (Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, April to June 1945)
* Minesweeping Operations Pacific (Juneau (East China Sea) 1 to 31 July 1945)Her crew was eligible for the following medals:
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal(3)
World War II Victory Medal
Navy Occupation Service Medal(with Asia clasp)
USCGC Acushnet (WMEC-167)
List of United States Navy ships
World War II
* [http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/#Anchor-Editoria-14954 Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]
* [http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/37/3709.htm NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive - ARS-9 Shackle - WAT-167 / WAGO-167 / WMEC-167 Acushnet]
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