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USS Amycus (ARL-2)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)

Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship:
  • Laid down as LST-489 at Kaiser Co., Richmond, CA.
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Repair Ship, ARL-2, 13 January 1943, while building
  • Launched, 2 April 1943
  • Completed at Matson Navigation Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Commissioned USS Amycus (ARL-2), 30 July 1943, LT. John J. Reidy, Jr., USNR in command
  • During WWII USS Amycus was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater, Service Forces 7th Fleet, and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Hollandia operation, 27 April to 1 June 1944 Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 7 to 18 January 1945

  • Decommissioned, 15 November 1946, at San Francisco CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1970
  • USS Amycus earned the Navy Unit Commendation for service in Salvage, Fire Fighting, and Rescue Unit, Service Force, 7th Fleet - Philippine Islands area, 6 January to 15 February 1945, and two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 13 August 1971 to Zidell Explorations, Inc., Portland, OR.
    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 cal. 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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    Amycus 157k USS Amycus (ARL-2) (aft plan view) moored pierside at San Francisco, 8 August 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5780-43, 8/8/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Amycus 123k USS Amycus (ARL-2) in San Francisco Bay, 10 August 1943, soon after commissioning. The bow doors on most ARLs of this class were welded shut.
    US National Archives Photo # 19-N-51874, RG-19 LCM a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Robert Hurst
    Amycus 126k USS Amycus (ARL-2) in San Francisco Bay, 10 August 1943, soon after commissioning. Note the 3"/50 gun on the extreme stern with the 40 mm quad mount just forward of and above it.
    US National Archives Photo # 19-N-51875, RG-19 LCM a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Darryl Baker and Robert Hurst
    Adonis 34k The bow of USS Amycus (ARL-2) is just visible at the far left of this photo of USS Adonis (ARL-4) anchored at Shanghai, China, 4 February 1945. Vicki Bruzas for her father Rinaldo A. Rossi, S1/c USNR USS Adonis
    Amycus 40k USS Amycus (ARL-2) and USS Atlas (ARL-7) in reserve, moored at the Stockton Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet, Stockton, CA. Ron Reeves

    USS Amycus (ARL-2)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Reidy Jr., John Joseph, USNR30 July 1943 - 11 January 1944
    02LT. Hirsch, Louis Elwood, USNR11 January 1944 - 3 June 1944
    03CDR. Wunch Jr., Edward William, USN (Ret,) (USNA 1918)3 June 1944 - June 1946
    04LT. Roy, George Albert, USNJune 1946 - 15 November 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Russ Moody

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

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