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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, 12 November 1942, 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
  • USS Aristaeus earned one battle star for her World War II service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,781 t.(lt) 4,100 t.(fl)
    Length 328'
    Beam 50'
    Draft 11' 2"
    Speed 11.6 kts (trial)
    Officers 20
    Enlisted 234
    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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    Aristaeus 219k USS Aristaeus (ARB-1) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH83855 courtesy D. M. McPherson, 1975
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Aristaeus 44k 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)
    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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