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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
Contributed by Don McGrogan, BMCS, USN Ret.
USS Aristaeus (ARB-1)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Whiskey - Xray
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, date unknown, 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:
|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
Displacement 1,781 t.(lt) 4,100 t.(fl)
Draft 11' 2"
Speed 11.6 kts (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
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
two General Motors 12-567A Diesel engines
single Falk Main Reduction Gears
two propellers, 1800shp
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||USS Aristaeus (ARB-1) under way, date and location unknown.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH83855 courtesy D. M. McPherson, 1975
||USS Aristaeus (ARB-1) overhead view while under way, date and location unknown.
||Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
USS Aristaeus (ARB-1)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Swany Jr., Ralph. Michael George, USNR||18 May 1943 - March 1945|
|02||LCDR. Killen, John Kenneth, USNR||March 1945 - January 1946|
|03||LT. Forester, William Mark, USN||January 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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