USS Arcturus (AF-52) – This was a ship that my dad was on while serving in the Navy. I had to scan it in and share with my readers all about this Naval Ship. #USSAcrcturus #AF52 #ArcturusAF52 #USSAcrcturusAF52
USS Arcturus (AF-52)
The USS Arcturus (AF-52) was an Alstede-class stores ship. This naval ship was also known as the Golden Eagle. This ship was also the fifth Navy vessel to be named Arcturus.
USS Arcturus (AF-52) was an Alstede class stores ship stores ship acquired by the U.S. Navy. Her task was to carry stores, refrigerated items, and equipment to ships in the fleet, and to remote stations and staging areas.WikiPedia
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The USS Arcturus (AF-52) was a United States Navy stores ship that served during the Cold War and the Vietnam War. Commissioned in 1945, the Arcturus played an important role in supplying American forces with food, fuel, and other essential supplies.
The Arcturus was built at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation in Camden, New Jersey, and was launched on March 8, 1945. The ship was named after the star Arcturus, which is the fourth brightest star in the night sky.
After completing sea trials, the Arcturus was commissioned on June 1, 1945, with Captain Francis W. Schmidt in command. The ship was assigned to the Pacific Fleet and sailed to Pearl Harbor to begin its service.
In the years following World War II, the Arcturus was involved in a variety of missions, including supplying American forces during the Korean War and supporting the US Navy’s Operation Castle, a series of nuclear tests conducted in the Pacific in 1954.
During the Vietnam War, the Arcturus continued its important role in supplying American forces in Southeast Asia. The ship made numerous trips to ports in Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines, delivering much-needed supplies and equipment to the troops on the ground.
In addition to its supply missions, the Arcturus also played a role in humanitarian efforts. In 1964, the ship was dispatched to assist in the aftermath of the Alaskan earthquake, which was one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded. The ship helped to deliver supplies and transport injured people to safety.
After more than 30 years of service, the Arcturus was decommissioned on December 20, 1976. The ship was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on September 30, 1977, and was eventually sold.
In recognition of its service, the Arcturus received numerous awards and commendations, including the Navy Occupation Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal. The ship also earned two battle stars for its service in the Korean War.
The USS Arcturus was not only a critical component of the US Navy’s logistics capabilities, but it also served as a symbol of American power and resolve. The ship and its crew demonstrated the importance of ensuring that American forces had the resources they needed to carry out their missions and protect the nation’s interests.
Today, the legacy of the USS Arcturus lives on in the memory of those who served on board and in the stories of its many missions. The ship’s service serves as a reminder of the critical role that supply ships have played in US Navy operations and the importance of maintaining a strong logistics infrastructure to support military readiness.
The Golden Eagle was sunk as a target on July 24, 1997.
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