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USS Demeter (ARB-10)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Mike - Juliet
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Aristaeus Class Battle Damage Repair Ship:
  • Laid down as LST-1121 at Chicago Bridge and Iron Works, Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 19 January 1945
  • Placed in reduced commission as USS LST-1121, 31 January 1945, LT Francis P. Wynn, Ferry Crew # 2 in command
  • Decommissioned, 2 March 1945, at Baltimore for conversion to a Battle Damage Repair Ship
  • Recommissioned, USS Demeter (ARB-10), 3 July 1945, LT. Elliot V. Converse USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Demeter was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 25 May 1947, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Placed in service in reserve, 27 May 1947, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Placed out of service in reserve, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold in 1958, resold in 1961 for merchant service, renamed MV Motonave
  • Renamed MV Demeter, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sunk 12 January 1964
    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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    Demeter 221k USS Demeter (ARB-10) laid up in reserve at East Boston Naval Annex,
    September 1960
    ©Richard Leonhardt

    USS Demeter (ARB-10)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Wynn, Francis Perry (Ferry Crew #2)31 January 1945 - 9 February 1945
    02LT. Converse, Elliot VanVeltner, USNR9 February 1945 - 2 March 1945
     Decommissioned2 March 1945 - 3 July 1945
    02LT. Converse, Elliot VanVeltner, USNR2 March 1945 - August 1946
    03LT. Frisch, Donald Howard, USNAugust 1946 - December 1946
    04LTjg. Ford, F. R.December 1946 - 1 March 1947
    05LT. Wrenn, John William, USN1 March 1947 - 1 April 1947
    06LT. Fisher, A . E.1 April 1947 - 1 May 1947
    07LT. Wrenn, John William, USN1 May 1947 - 25 May 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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