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USS Atlas (ARL-7)
USS LST-231 (1943 - 1944)

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

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive

Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship:
  • Laid down, 3 June 1943, as LST-231 at Chicago Bridge and Iron Works, Seneca IL.
  • Launched, 19 October 1943
  • Placed in partial commission, 15 November 1943 as USS LST-231 for transit to her conversion yard, Ferry Command, LT. Ralph E. Sandvigen USNR in command
  • Decommissioned, 14 December 1943
  • Recommissioned as USS Atlas (ARL-7), 8 February 1944, LT. Buell A. Nesbitt, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Atlas was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater participating in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
  • Decommissioned, 1 December 1946, at Astoria OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria
  • Recommissioned at Astoria, 1 June 1951, LCDR. Jaroslav Kohl, in command,
  • USS Atlas served in the Korean War zone from 20 December 1951 to 25 September 1952 and from 14 April to 27 July 1954
  • Decommissioned, 13 April 1956, at Astoria
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1972
  • USS Atlas earned one battle star for her World War II service
  • Final Disposition sold for scrapping
    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 20
    Enlisted 230
    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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    Atlas 198k USS Atlas (ARL-7) at anchor, date and location unknown Paul Weber
    Atlas 75k USS Atlas (ARL-7) underway off San Diego, CA., 23 October 1952 Asa B Robinson
    Atlas 71k USS Atlas (ARL-7) underway off San Diego, CA., 23 October 1952 Asa B Robinson
    Atlas 78k USS Atlas (ARL-7) departing the San Francisco Bay Area, after a yard availability, February 1953 Rolland Kaminsky USS Atlas October 1952 to January 1956
    Atlas 452k USS Atlas (ARL-7) moored pierside at Naval Station Astoria, OR. date unknown.
    Photo by Ronald Roy SMC USN Ret.
    Scott Nelson for his Grandfather Ronald Roy SMC USN Ret. USS Atlas
    Amycus 40k USS Atlas (ARL-7) and USS Amycus (ARL-2) in reserve, moored at the Stockton Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet, Stockton, CA. Ron Reeves

    USS Atlas (ARL-7)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
     LT. Sandvigen, Ralph, Edward, USNR (Ferry Command)15 November 1943 - 31 December 1943
     Decommissioned31 December 1943 - 8 February 1944td>
    01LT. Nesbitt, Buell Arthur, USNR8 February 1944 - July 1945
    02LCDR. Cauthen Jr., Charles Francis, USNRJuly 1945 - January 1946
    04LT. McNally, James John, USNRJanuary 1946 - 5 March 1946
    05LTjg. Sanborn, Ross R., USNR (temporary)5 March 1946 - 21 March 1946
    06LT. Bull, Ray, USN21 March 1946 - 13 September 1946
     Decommissioned13 September 1946 - 1 June 1951
    07LCDR. Kohl, Jaroslav1 June 1951 - 1952
    08LT. Shuping, Hampton, USN1952
    09LCDR. Felton, Henry D., USNR1 July 1954 - 13 April 1956
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Russ Moody

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

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