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USS Diomedes (ARB-11)
USS LST-1119 (1945)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS Diomedes (ARB-11) was transferred to Germany and renamed FGS Odin (A512)
Aristaeus Class Battle Damage Repair Ship:
  • Laid down, 19 October 1944, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca. IL.
  • Launched, 11 January 1945
  • Commissioned USS LST-1119, 23 January 1945, LCDR. Samuel H. P. Read, Jr., USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, 21 February 1945, at Maryland Dry Dock Co., Baltimore, MD. for conversion to a Battle Damage Repair Ship
  • Recommissioned, USS Diomedes (ARB-11), 23 June 1945, LCDR. Samuel H. P. Read, Jr., USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Diomedes was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Diomedes was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    24 September to 3 October 19454 October 1945 to 21 March 1946

  • Decommissioned, 3 December 1946, at Jacksonville, FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Transferred in June 1961 to Germany, renamed FGS Odin (A512)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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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    USS Diomedes (ARB-11)
    Diomedes 331k USS Diomedes (ARB-11) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Naval Memorial.
    Stan Svec
    Diomedes 114k USS Diomedes (ARB-11) underway near Baltimore, MD., 24 June 1945 after completion of conversion to a Battle Damage Repair Ship.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-85764, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Diomedes 49k USS Diomedes (ARB-11) at anchor in Hong Kong Harbor, 1 December 1945 Harley N. Wiatt, S1/c USS Diomedes
    FGS Odin (A512)
    Diomedes 46k Ex-USS Diomedes (ARB-11) underway while in German service as FGS Odin (A512), date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Diomedes 67k FGS Odin (A512) underway, date and location unknown.
    Official Federal Republic of Germany photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1967-1968."
    Mike Green

    USS Diomedes (ARB-11)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Read Jr., Samuel Henry Palmer USNR23 January 1945 - 21 February 1945
     Decommissioned21 February 1945 - 23 June 1945
    01LCDR. Read Jr., Samuel Henry Palmer USNR23 June 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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