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USS Remus (ARL-40)
USS LST-453 (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Golf - Alpha
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 15 December 1943) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship / Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship:
  • Laid down, 28 July 1942, at Kaiser Co., Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched, 10 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-453, 21 January 1943, LT. Adolph J. Hamre, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-453 / USS Remus (ARL-40) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Arawe, New Britain, 15 December 1943
    Eastern New Guinea operation
    Supporting and consolidating operations
    designated by Commander Seventh Fleet, 15 September to 30 October and 15 to 16 December 1943
    Finschhafen occupation, 17 December 1943 to 17 February 1944

  • Converted to a Landing Craft Repair Ship at Brisbane, Australia in May 1943
  • Named USS Remus (ARL-40), 15 August 1944
  • Decommissioned, 15 July 1946, at New Orleans. LA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1946
  • USS LST-453 / USS Remus (ARL-40) earned two battle star for World War II service
  • Sold, 4 November 1947, to B. T. Jones, New Orleans, LA., withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 16 December 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    LST Specifications:
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    light 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
    sea-going 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
    landing 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 LCVP
    Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
    Typical loads
    One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
    Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
    Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
    2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
    12 single 20MM gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 4,300 Bbls
    two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 230V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 1,700shp
    twin rudders

    ARL Specifications:
    Displacement 3,900 t.(lt) 4,100 t.(fl)
    Length 328'
    Beam 50'
    Draft 11' 2" (lim)
    Speed 11.6 kts.
    Largest Boom Capacity 60 t.
    Officers 22
    Enlisted 233
    one single 3'/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two quad 40mm AA gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    six twin 20 mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 4,715 Bbls
    two General Motors 12-567A Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    two Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    two propellers, 1,700shp
    twin rudders

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    USS LST-453 / USS Remus (ARL-40)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Hamre, Adolph J., USNR21 January 1943 - 20 October 1943LST-453
    02LCDR. Norman, Oliver L., USNR20 October 1943 - 26 October 1945LST-453 - ARL-40
    03LCDR. Brady, John Balford, USN26 October 1945 - 15 July 1946ARL-40
    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
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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