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USS Achelous (ARL-1)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (16-18 August 1943) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship:
  • Laid down, 15 August 1942, as LST-10 at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA.
  • Reclassified as a Landing Craft Repair Ship while still building
  • Launched, 25 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS Achelous (ARL-1), 2 April 1943, at Baltimore, MD., LT. Walter Ringies, in command
  • During World War II USS Achelous was first assigned to the European Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater participating in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Sicilian occupation, 15 July to 19 August 1943 Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, May, June and August 1945
    Invasion of southern France, August 1944  

  • Decommissioned, 6 September 1946
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1973
  • Final Disposition sold for scrapping, 1 January 1974
  • USS Achelous earned three battle stars for World War II service
    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, 1,800shp
    twin rudders

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    Achelous 54k USS Achelous (ARL-1) steams beneath the Cooper River Bridge, Charleston, S.C., 19 February 1945. She is painted in the Measure 31 camouflage scheme (dull black, ocean green and Navy green).
    Note the large A-frame on her port side for hoisting damaged landing craft aboard for repair, and the booms stepped port and starboard for handling cargo.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-78643, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Achelous 196k Starboard broadside view of USS Achelous (ARL-1) passing under the Cooper River Bridge at Charleston, S.C., 19 February 1945.
    US National Archives Photo # 19-N-78642, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Achelous 27k Starboard broadside view of USS Achelous (ARL-1) under way on the Cooper River off Charleston, S.C., 19 February 1945.
    US Navy Yard Charleston, S.C. photo #619-45
    Robert Hall
    Achelous 53k USS Achelous (ARL-1) under way, April 1943, location unknown.
    US Navy photo

    USS Achelous (ARL-1)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Ringies, Walter D.2 April 1943 - 1944
    02LT. Scott, Meredith Leitch1944 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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