USS Extractor (ARS-15)

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History
Name: USS Extractor
Builder: Colberg Boat Works, Stockton, California
Launched: 15 June 1943
Commissioned: 3 March 1944
Fate: Sunk, 24 January 1945
General characteristics
Type: Anchor-class rescue and salvage ship
Displacement: 1,089 long tons (1,106 t)
Length: 183 ft 3 in (55.85 m)
Beam: 37 ft (11 m)
Draft: 14 ft 8 in (4.47 m)
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 65 officers and enlisted
Armament:

USS Extractor ARS-15 was an Anchor-class rescue and salvage ship of the United States Navy in World War II.

Extractor was launched by Colberg Boat Works, Stockton, California, on 15 June 1943 (sponsored by Mrs. Lowden Jessup), and commissioned on 3 March 1944, Lieutenant (junior grade) L. C. Oaks in command.

Service history[edit]

Extractor sailed from San Francisco on 8 May 1944 en route to Eniwetok where she reported to Commander Service Squadron 2 (ServRon 2) for salvage and rescue duty. During the summer of 1944 she executed repairs, diving, and towing as well as salvage operations from Pearl Harbor to Eniwetok and Ulithi. On 20 November while at Ulithi she fought valiantly though futilely against fire on board USS Mississinewa (AO-59) which capsized and sank.

On 3 December 1944 she steamed to Guam, reporting for duty with Service Squadron 12 (ServRon 12), with which she served until 21 January 1945 when she departed unescorted for the Philippine area. She was underway on the morning of 24 January when, through mistaken identification by USS Guardfish (SS-217), the latter fired a torpedo which struck Extractor's starboard side. The salvage ship capsized and sank at 15°44′N 135°29′E / 15.733°N 135.483°E / 15.733; 135.483, within 5 minutes. Six lives were lost, but the remainder of her crew were rescued by Guardfish.

References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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