World War two 
          U.S Navy
USS Shackle ASR-9
U.S  Coast Guard
      USCGC Acushnet

Builder:       Basalt Rock Company

Laid down:      26 October 1942

Launched:        1 April 1943

Sponsored by:     Mrs. Walker Cochran


  • as USS Shackle (ARS-9),

  • 5 February 1944

Decommissioned:    29 June 1946

In service:

  • as USCGC Acushnet (WAT-167),

  • 23 August 1946

Out of service:

  • as WMEC-167,

  • 11 March 2011

Struck:   date unknown

Fate:     Awaiting restoration

General characteristics

Tonnage:   1,441 tons

Displacement:   1,720 tons

Length:     213 ft 6 in (65.07 m)

Beam:     39 ft (12 m)

Draught:14 ft 4 in (4.37 m)

Propulsion:  Diesel-electric, four Cooper-Bessemer GSB 8 engines driving four generators and motors, driving two shafts with 3460 Shaft Horse Power

Speed:15 kts.


Armament:two 40 mm AA gun mounts; four ..50-caliber machine guns

Name:   USCGC Acushnet (WMEC-167)

Namesake:  Revenue Cutter Acushnet

Operator:   United States Coast Guard

Commissioned:   23 August 1946

Decommissioned:   11 March 2011

Reclassified:    (WAGO-167)- 1968.                                      (WMEC-167)- 1978

Homeport:    Ketchikan, AK


Motto:     Help, Save, Strengthen!

Nickname(s):  "A" team of Alaska Fisheries

Status:Awaiting restoration


  • Crest of the USCGC Acushnet

Commanding Officers USCG

01CDR. Johnson, Frank K., USCG23 August 1946 - 1949WAT-167

02CDR. Joseph, John M., USCG1950 - 1952WAT-167

03CDR. MacLellan, N. D., USCG1952 - 1955WAT-167

04LCDR. Lutz, Paul A., USCG1955 - 1957WAT-167

05CDR. Lynch, Harold F., USCG1957 - May 1959WAT-167

06CDR. Heckman, Albert A. :RADM, USCGMay 1959 - July 1961WAT-167

07CDR. Westfall, Neal O., USCGJuly 1961 - 1963WAT-167

08CDR. Kolkhorst, Bernard E., USCG1963 - 1965WAT-167

09CDR. Ensrud, Norman P., USCG1965 - 1966WAT-167

10CDR. Knapp, Richard J. :RADM, USCG1966 - August 1968WAT-167

11CDR. Morrison, Arthur G., USCGAugust 1968 - 1971WAT-167 / WAGO-167

12CDR. Garnett, Donald D., USCG1971 - 1973WAGO-167

13CDR. Flanders, William M., USCG1973 - 1975WAGO-167

14CDR. Busby, Charles W., USCG1975 - 1977WAGO-167

15CDR. Peck, Alan C., USCG1977 - 1979WMEC-167

16CDR. Nelson, Gary C., USCG1979 - 1981WMEC-167

17CDR. Carbone, Anthony R., USCG1981 - 1983WMEC-167

18CDR. Park, Charles S., USCG1983 - 1985WMEC-167

19CDR. Lundberg, Douglas D., USCG1985 - 1987WMEC-167

20CDR. McDonough, William H., USCG1987 - 1989WMEC-167

21CDR. Calhoun, John G., USCG1989 - 1991WMEC-167

22CDR. Yearout, Thomas D., USCG1991 - 1993WMEC-167

23CDR. Capacci, George A., USCG1993 - 1995WMEC-167

24CDR. Carpenter, Lance W., USCG1995 - 2 June 1997WMEC-167

25CDR. Vose, Lawrence C., USCG2 June 1997 - 1999WMEC-167

26CDR. Preston, Richard J., USCG1999 - 2001WMEC-167

27CAPT. Inman, Michael D., USCG2001 - 8 July 2003WMEC-167

28CAPT. Wiedenhoeft, Paul E., USCG8 July 2003 - 21 July 2005WMEC-167

29CDR. Stegman, Marc D., USCG21 July 2005 - 2007WMEC-167

30CDR. Sugimoto, Andrew M., USCG2007 - 22 July 2009WMEC-167

31CAPT. Frankford, Mark D., USCG22 July 2009 - 11 March 2011WMEC-167

Commanding Officers U.S Navy

01LT. Jenkins Jr., Charles Grandison, USN5 February 1944 - ?ARS-9

02LT. Van Horne, Roscoe Mathieson, USNWW IIARS-9

Awards and Honors ​

  • World War II Victory Medal

  • Navy Occupation Service Medal with "Asia" Clasp

  • Presidential Unit Citation

  • Secretary of Transportation Outstanding Unit Award

  • 2 Coast Guard Unit Commendations

  • 6 Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendations

  • Coast Guard E Ribbon

  • Coast Guard Bicentennial Unit Commendation

  • American Campaign Medal

  • Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 3 battle stars

  • 4 National Defense Service Medals

  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

  • 2 Humanitarian Service Medals

  • Transportation 9-11 Ribbon

  • 2 Special Operations Service Ribbons


Ocean Guardian

Captain: Pearson Smith                                                               former Crew  USCGC Yocona 


James                                                                                                                        Vet US Navy 

Mack                                                                                                                           Vet US Navy