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USS Agenor (ARL-3)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Victor - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal

USS Agenor (ARL-3) was transferred to France, renamed RFS Vulcain (A-656), resold by France to the Republic of China, renamed ROCS Wu Tai (ARL-336)
Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship:
  • Authorized as LST-490
  • Redesignated Landing Craft Repair Ship ARL-3, 13 January 1943
  • Laid down, 24 January 1943 by Kaiser Co., Inc., Vancouver, WA.
  • Launched, 3 April 1943
  • Commissioned USS Agenor (ARL-3), 30 August 1943, LT. Argyle W. Markley, USNR in command
  • During WWII USS Agenor was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 25 June to 21 July 1944
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 1 to 15 August 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 16 March 1945
    Tinian capture and occupation, 24 to 31 July 1944  

  • Decommissioned, 15 November 1946
  • Transferred to France, 2 March 1951, under the terms of the Mutual Defense Assistance Program, renamed RFS Vulcain (A-656)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 March 1951
  • USS Agenor earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Transferred by France to the Republic of China in 1957, renamed ROCS Wu Tai (ARL-336)
    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 231
    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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    USS Agenor (ARL-3)
    Agenor 216k Agenor (ARL-3) at the Matson Navigation Co., pier in San Francisco, 8 August 1943, shortly before commissioning. The "A" frame hoist could lift a 50-ton weight by means of a multiple past purchase whose line was connected to the drum of a 50 hp which. It was a general purpose hoist, capable of supporting a motor torpedo boat on its cradle when in stripped condition, or a section of the 105-ft landing Craft Tank, Mk V. "A" frame hoists were fitted to the converted LSTs of the AGP-4, ARB-1, ARL-1 and ARL-10 classes.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-87305, RG-19-LCM, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Agenor 211k USS Agenor (ARL-3) at anchor, circa 1945, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 51445. Courtesy of D.M. McPherson.
    Mike Green
    RFS Vulcain (A-656)
    Agenor 52k Ex-USS Agenor (ARL-3) in French naval service as RFS Vulcain (A-656) attempting to re-float a small coastal freighter at the mouth of the Haiphong, Vietnam, 1952 Provided by François Laurent QM/signalman RFS Vulcain, submitted by André Pilon RFS Golo
    Agenor 36k RFS Vulcain (A-656) underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Agenor 26k RFS Vulcain (A-656) while participating in Operation Hirondelle, French Indo-china, July 1953. She is shown waiting to pick-up French and Vietnamese paratroopers who had raided Vietminh supply depots near Lang Son. After photographing and destroying the depots, the paratroopers returned overland via Loc Binh, where other French units had been dropped on the 17th to repair and hold a river crossing for the retreating units; and then to form a rearguard for 20 miles. The entire force rendezvoused with Mobile Group Five, and was then extracted by sea on July 19, suffering from heat exhaustion. Photo by Pierre Ferrari (Cinematographic Service of the Armies, SCA). French Defense Ministry archives (ECPAD). Info regards Operation Hirondelle courtesy of Wikipedia. Robert Hurst
    Agenor 41k RFS Vulcain (A-656) moored in Halong Bay, North Vietnam, probably to repair a LCM, circa 1951-1954.
    Photos by Thierry Le Cam
    André Pilon RFS Golo
    Agenor 43k
    Agenor 36k
    Agenor 42k
    Agenor 52k RFS Vulcain (A-656) ships insignia pin. André Pilon RFS Golo
    ROCS Wu Tai (ARL-336)
    Agenor 47k Ex-USS Agenor (ARL-3) in Taiwanese service as Wu Tai (ARL-336) Taiwan Navy web site

    USS Agenor (ARL-3)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Markley, Argyle Willis, USNR30 August 1943 - 30 November 1943
    02LT. Brandau, Curtis Charles, USNR30 November 1943 - 31 December 1943
    03LCDR. Nagle, Louis Francis, USNR31 December 1943 - 20 January 1944
    04LCDR. Roenicke, Walter Otto, USN20 January 1944 - 30 November 1944
    05LCDR. Rocca, Curtis Michael, USNR30 November 1944 - 30 September 1945
    06LT. Hightower Jr., John Newton, USN30 September 1945 - 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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