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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:

    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
  • USS Midas earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), date unknown
  • Final Disposition, disposed of by MARAD sale, 19 November 1980, 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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    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)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Young, Robert Albert, USNR23 May 1944 - January 1946
    02LT. Saravia, Jenaro, USNJanuary 1946 - March 1946
    04LCDR. Gilman Jr., John Edwin, 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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