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USS Adonis (ARL-4)
USS LST-83 (1943)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Victor - Echo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship:
Laid down, 31 March 1943, as LST-83, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
Launched, 14 June 1943
Commissioned, USS LST-83, 6 August 1943
Decommissioned, 21 August 1943, at Baltimore, MD., for conversion to an Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship
Reclassified and renamed USS Adonis (ARL-4), 26 August 1943
Recommissioned, 12 November 1943, LT. Matthew E. Thompson, USNR in command
During World War II USS Adonis was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of Normandy, 8 to 25 June 1944
"[Adonis]... lost both anchors, had both rudders bent up rendering them useless and the ships hull had several bad ruptures, during the terrible storm that struck Omaha Beach a couple weeks after we arrived. We returned after a sea-tug got us to dry-dock repair." Hans Bakke USS Adonis
Decommissioned, 10 October 1946
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 January 1960
Sold to Virgil G. Thomas of California, 14 October 1960, for conversion to an oil tanker
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS Adonis (ARL-4) earned one battle star for World War II service.
Displacement 3,900 t.(lt) 4,100 t.(fl)
Draft 11' 2" (lim)
Speed 11.6 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 60 t.
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
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
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||USS Adonis (ARL-4) leaving Norfolk Navy Yard, 12 July 1945. Adonis is painted Measure 31 'tropical' design. US Navy photo, courtesy Floating Drydock
||USS Adonis (ARL-4) anchored at Shanghai, China, 4 February 1945. The bow of USS Amycus (ARL-2) is just visible at the far left of this photo.
||Vicki Bruzas for her father Rinaldo A. Rossi, S1/c USNR USS Adonis
USS LST-83 / USS Adonis (ARL-4)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Thompson, Matthew Ellis, USNR||12 November 1943 - 19 September 1945|
|02||LCDR. Anderson, Ray Daniel, USNR||19 September 1945 - ?|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Russ Moody
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 8 November 2013
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