- USS Extractor (ARS-15)
USS|Extractor|ARS-15 was an "Anchor"-class Rescue and Salvage ship of the
United States Navyin 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.
"Extractor" sailed from San Francisco on 8 May 1944 en route to
Eniwetokwhere 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 Harborto 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 torpedowhich struck "Extractor"'s starboard side. The salvage ship capsized and sank at coord|15|44|N|135|29|E, within 5 minutes. Six lives were lost, but the remainder of her crew was rescued by "Guardfish".
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