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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
USS Adonis (ARL-4) earned one battle star for World War II service
Sold to Virgil G. Thomas of California, 14 October 1960, for conversion to an oil tanker
Final Disposition, fate unknown
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 cal. 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)
| ||Ferry Command||6 August 1943 - 21 August 1943|
| ||Decommissioned||21 August 1943 - 12 November 1943|
|01||LT. Thompson, Matthew Ellis, USNR||12 November 1943 - 19 September 1945|
|02||LCDR. Anderson, Ray Daniel, USNR||19 September 1945 - ?|
|04||LT. Caulfield, Joseph A., USNR||1 December 1945 - 3 December 1945|
|05||LT. Giesmann Jr., Jacob Henry, USN||3 December 1945 - 5 June 1946|
|06||ENS. Pack, Richard Perry, USN||5 June 1946 - 10 October 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Russ Moody
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 29 September 2017
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