Allied Warships

USS Medusa (AR 1)

Repair ship

NavyThe US Navy
TypeRepair ship
Class[No specific class] 
PennantAR 1 
Built byPuget Sound Navy Yard (Bremerton, Washington, U.S.A.) 
Laid down2 Jan 1920 
Launched16 Apr 1923 
Commissioned18 Sep 1924 
End service18 Nov 1947 

Displacement: 10620 BRT
Length: 484 feet
Complement: 512
Armament: 4 5" guns (4x1), 2 3" AA guns (2x1)
Speed: 16 kts

Decommissioned on 18 November 1947
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 24 August 1950


Commands listed for USS Medusa (AR 1)

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1George Johnson McMillin, USN29 May 19396 Oct 1939
2Cdr. Thomas John Doyle, Jr., USN6 Oct 193912 Jun 1941
3Cdr. Albert Ernst Schrader, USN12 Jun 194127 Feb 1943
4T/Cdr. John Frood Prentice Miller, USN27 Feb 194313 Oct 1943
5Cdr. Paul Edward Kuter, USN13 Oct 194314 Sep 1945

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Notable events involving Medusa include:

7 Dec 1941
During the attack on Pearl Harbor, she assisted in shooting down two Japanese aircraft & also in the sinking of a Japanese midget sub. She also rendered assistance to numerous damaged vessels. (1)

May 1943
During her mission of repairing ships of the 7th Fleet, she ran aground on Buna Shoal. This required repairs through June in Sydney, Australia before continuing to Manus. (1)


  1. Personal communication

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