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USS Telamon (ARB-8)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Lima - Victor
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 - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Aristaeus Class Battle Damage Repair Ship:
  • Before construction LST-976 was redesignated Battle Damage Repair Ship ARB-8 on 28 April 1944
  • Laid down, 5 December 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 10 January 1945
  • Commissioned USS Telamon (ARB-8) 5 February 1945
  • Decommissioned, date unknown, for completion as a Battle Damage Repair Ship at Maryland Drydock Co., Baltimore, MD.
  • Recommissioned, 1 June 1945, LT. Felton Bonepart Schwenneker, USN in command
  • During World War II USS Telamon was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Telamon was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 23 September to 14 December 1945
  • USS Telamon (ARB-8) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.8.1 Service Group - Repair and Service Unit for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Decommissioned, 11 September 1945
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned in the spring of 1946
  • Decommissioned, 20 May 1947, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1973
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 March 1974, by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service
    Displacement 1,781 t.(lt) 3,960 t.(fl)
    Length 328'
    Beam 50'
    Draft 11' 2"
    Speed 11.6 kts.
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 271
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    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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    Telamon 27k USS Telamon (ARB-8) under way, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Telamon 119k USS Telamon (ARB-8) at anchor, circa 1946, location unknown.
    Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 83813. Courtesy of D.M. McPherson, 1975
    Mike Green

    USS Telamon (ARB-8)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Schwenneker, Felton Bonepart, USN1 June 1945 - 11 September 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Russ Moody

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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