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USS Midas (ARB-5)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Xray - Juliet
NJXJ
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:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    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
    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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    Midas 89k 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.
    Robert Hurst
    Midas 87k 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)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Young, Robert Albert, USNR23 May 1944 - January 1946
    02LT. Saravia, Jenaro, USNJanuary 1946 - March 1946
    04LCDR. Gilman Jr., John Edward, USNRMarch 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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