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USS Aristaeus (ARB-1)

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


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Aristaeus Class Battle Damage Repair Ship:
  • Laid down as LST-329 at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Redesignated Battle Damage Repair Ship ARB-1, 26 January 1943
  • Launched, 11 February 1943
  • Commissioned, USS Aristaeus (ARB-1), 18 May 1943, LT. Ralph M. G. Swany, Jr., USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Aristaeus was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 16 April to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Aristaeus was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 3 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 10 January 1947, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Aristaeus earned one battle star for her World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,781 t.(lt) 4,100 t.(fl)
    Length 328'
    Beam 50'
    Draft 11' 2"
    Speed 11.6 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 20
    Enlisted 234
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Armament
    one single 3'/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two quad 40mm AA gun mounts
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Ship's Service Generators
    four 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    two 100Kw 450V A.C.
    Fuel Oil Capacity Diesel 4,480 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two General Motors 12-567A Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    two propellers, 1800shp

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    Aristaeus 44k USS Aristaeus (ARB-1) overhead view while underway, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII

    USS Aristaeus (ARB-1)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Swany Jr., Ralph. Michael George, USNR18 May 1943 - March 1945
    02LCDR. Killen, John Kenneth, USNRMarch 1945 - January 1946
    03LT. Forester, William Mark, USNJanuary 1946 - June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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