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USS Brontes (AGP-17)
USS LST-1125 (1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Yankee - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Portunus Class Motor Torpedo Boat Tender
  • Laid down as LST-1125, 15 November 1944, at Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., Seneca IL.
  • Launched, 6 February 1945
  • Placed in reduced commission as , 17 February 1945, Algiers, LA.
  • Decommissioned, 10 March 1945, at Maryland Drydock Co., Baltimore, MD., for conversion to a Motor Torpedo Boat Tender
  • Recommissioned, 14 August 1945, as USS Brontes (AGP-17), LT. William B. Rearden, Jr., USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, 14 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • Merchant Service
    Sold for merchant service, 28 march 1947, renamed MV GP-17, later in the same year renamed MV Barbara
    Resold in 1948 to Mineral Transport Corp., Liberia, renamed MV Diane, reflagged Liberian
    Resold in 1956 to Transportes Marimes, Mexico, renamed MV Xalapa, reflagged Mexican
    Final Disposition, driven aground, 27 October 1959, at Manzanilla, Mexico by hurricane. Constructive total loss

    Displacement 4,100 t.
    Length 328'
    Beam 50'
    Draft 11' 2"
    Speed 11.6 kts.
    Officers 41
    Enlisted 245
    Largest Boom Capacity 60 t.
    Boats 2 LCVP
    two quad 40mm AA gun mounts
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel 4,480 Bbls
    Gasoline 62,000 Gals
    two General Motors 12-568A Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V.240V D.C.
    two Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    two propellers, 1,800shp
    twin rudders

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    Brontes 297k Overhead view of USS Brontes (AGP-17) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial
    Stan Svec

    USS LST-1125 / USS Brontes (AGP-17)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    02LT. Rearden Jr., William Benedict, USNR14 August 1945 - 14 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    LST Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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