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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Yankee - Victor

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS ARD-13 was transferred to Venezuela
ARD-12 Class Auxiliary Repair Dock:
  • Laid down in 1943 at Pacific Bridge Co., Alameda, CA.
  • Commissioned USS ARD-13, 4 December 1943, CDR William L. Travis, in command
  • During World War II USS ARD-13 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 15 April to 30 June 1945

    Following WW II USS ARD-13 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 22 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 1 July 1946
  • Laid up in reserve
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1976
  • Sold, 1 December 1977, under the Security Assistance Program to Venezuela
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 5,200 t.
    Length 492'
    Beam 81'
    Draft 6'
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion none

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    YMS-266 52k USS YMS-266 docked in USS ARD-13, Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands, circa. 1944. US Navy photo Naval War College
    Anacapa 52k USS Anacapa (AG-49) entering USS ARD-13, 10 February 1945.
    Note the hinged flaps just aft of the Anacapa's anchor--a reminder of her "Q"-ship career
    Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    138kUSS Yarnall (DD-541) entering USS ARD-13 at Ulithi in March 1945. Yarnall's bow section was severely damaged in collision with USS Ringgold (DD-500) the night of 4,5 March 1945 and broke off while being towed to Ulithi by USS Molala (ATF-106). John De Noma
    ARD-13 148k USS ARD-13 with a destroyer in the dock, probably at Ulithi, date unknown. John De Noma
    ARD-13 158k
    LCS(L)-28/76/57 80k USS LCS(L)(3)-76 drydocked in USS ARD-13 at Nakagusuku Wan, Okinawa Sept. 1945 National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130donated by Kenneth J. Deboer
    LCS(L)-28/76/57 67k USS ARD-13 aft basin view looking forward, Captain's gig under repair in right foreground, Guam, Marianas, 8 January 1946. Barry DeBoer in honor of his father Stanley G. DeBoer USS ARD-13
    LCS(L)-28/76/57 31k USS ARD-13 starboard crane, Guam, Marianas, 8 January 1946. Barry DeBoer in honor of his father Stanley G. DeBoer USS ARD-13
    LCS(L)-28/76/57 59k USS ARD-13 port side basin wing, midships view looking forward, Guam, Marianas, 8 January 1946. Barry DeBoer in honor of his father Stanley G. DeBoer USS ARD-13

    There is no DANFS History currently available for USS ARD-13 at NavSource
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Travis, William Leo4 December 1943 - August 1945
    02LT. Smith, Elvin Maurice August 1945 - 1 July 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    "Crisis at Sea" by Stanley G. DeBoer USS ARD-13
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