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USS Midas (ARB-5)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Xray - Juliet
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - 27 November 1944) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
Aristaeus Class Battle Damage Repair Ship:
Laid down, 31 August 1943, as LST-514 at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
Redesignated a Battle Damage Repair Ship, 3 November 1943
Launched, 24 December 1943
Completed as a Battle Damage Repair Ship at Maryland Dry Dock Co., Baltimore, MD.
Commissioned, USS Midas (ARB-5), 23 May 1944, at Baltimore, MD., LT. Robert A. Young, USNR in command.
During World War II USS Midas was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
Leyte landings, 5 to 18 and 12 to 29 November 1944
Placed in reserve, in commission, 30 November 1946, at San Diego, CA.
Decommissioned in January 1947 and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group.
Struck from the Naval Register, 15 April 1976
Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), date unknown
Final Disposition, disposed of by MARAD sale, 19 November 1980, fate unknown
USS Midas earned one battle star for 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 Midas (ARB-5) underway near Baltimore, MD., 18 March 1944, after completion of conversion to a Battle Damage Repair Ship. The profile of this class was very similar to the Achelous (ARL-1) class. with two short, widely spaced kingposts forward.
US National Archives photo # 19-N-66520, RG-19 LCM, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS Midas (ARB-5) underway, date and location unknown. Note Midas is painted Camouflage Measure 31, Design 8L.
US Navy photo from DANFS.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
USS Midas (ARB-5)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Young, Robert Albert, USNR||23 May 1944 - January 1946|
|02||LT. Saravia, Jenaro, USN||January 1946 - March 1946|
|04||LCDR. Gilman Jr., John Edward, USNR||March 1946 - January 1947|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Russ Moody
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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