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USS Laertes (AR-20)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (2) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Xanthus Class Repair Ship:
  • Laid down, 7 August 1944, as Dutiful, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 2674) at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc., Baltimore, MD.
  • Intended for Great Britain as HMS Dutiful (F-176)
  • Launched, 14 September 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy, 28 September 1944
  • Retained by the US Navy
  • Commissioned USS Laertes (AR-20), 24 March 1945, CDR. Leslie H. Hawkins in command
  • Decommissioned, 15 January 1947, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 19 December 1951, at San Diego, CA.
  • During the Korean War USS Laertes participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    25 August 1952
    25 to 27 September 1952
    Third Korean Winter
    12 to 13 December 1952

  • Decommissioned, 26 February 1954, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in 1972
  • USS Laertes received two battle stars for Korean War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,801 t.(lt) 14,350 t.(trial)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 22'
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 27
    Enlisted 1,497
    Largest Boom Capacity 12 t,
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    three single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 8,000 Bbls
    Diesel 2,200 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Hoover, Owens, Rentschler Co. triple expansion steam engine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 2230psi 450°
    Ship's Service Generators
    three Diesel-drive 500Kw 450V A.C.
    two turbo-drive 60Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,500shp
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    Laertes 103k USS Laertes (AR-20) in Chesapeake Bay off the Maryland Drydock Co., Baltimore, MD., 24 March 1945, the day she completed conversion.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. photo # 19-N-80869, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Laertes 111k USS Laertes (AR-20) underway off Norfolk, VA, 1 April 1945
    US Navy photo # NH 96913 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Laertes 54k USS Laertes (AR-20) enroute to Sasebo, Japan in 1952 Jerry O Johnson BM3 USN, USS Laertes1949-1958
    Laertes 58k USS Laertes (AR-20) at Sasebo, Japan, with nine minesweepers and a harbor tug alongside, 8 October 1952.
    Ships nested on her port side are (from left):
    USS Impeccable (AM-320);
    USS Gladiator (AM-319);
    USS Shoveler (AM-382);
    USS Defense (AM-317) and
    USS Devastator (AM-318)
    .
    Ships nested to starboard are (from left):
    USS Condor (AMS-5);
    USS Kite (AMS-22);
    USS Curlew (AMS-8);
    USS Chatterer (AMS-40)
    and
    Wallacut (YTB-420)
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-63229 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Laertes 70k Ex-USS Laertes (AR-20) at the breakers yard, Tacoma, WA., circa 1972 David Nixon
    Laertes 63k Ex-USS Laertes (AR-20) at the breakers yard, Tacoma, WA., circa 1972 David Nixon

    USS Laertes (AR-20)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Hawkins, Leslie H.24 March 1945 - ~
      Decommissioned15 January 1947 - 19 December 1951
    02CAPT. Shepard, Seth Armstrong19 December 1951 - ~
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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