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USS Endymion (ARL-9)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Kilo - Golf
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (2- 28 April 1945 and 21 June1945 ) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

Personnel Awards

Pearl Heart (15 WIA, 28 April 1945, 11-WIA, 21 June 1945)

Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship:
  • Laid down, 23 August 1943, as LST-513 at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Reclassified as a Landing Craft Repair Ship ARL, 3 November 1943
  • Launched, 17 December 1943
  • Commissioned USS Endymion (ARL-9), 9 May 1944, LT. Albion Edgell, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Endymion was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Landing Craft Flotillas and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 to 14 October 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 30 June 1945

  • Decommissioned at Astoria OR., 4 December 1946
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1972
  • USS Endymion earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Merchant Service
    Sold for mercantile service, 1 September 1973, renamed MV Petrola XVIII
    Registered to Petrola Hellas S.A., Panama, in 1974
    Name changed to MV Petrola 18 in September 1976
    Sold in 1978 to Thetis Shipping & Trading Corp. S.A., Panama,
    Resold, date unknown, to Sete Technical Services S.A., Panama, renamed MV Sete 50
    Final Disposition, fate unknown

    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 19
    Enlisted 270
    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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    Endymion 72k USS Endymion (ARL-9) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Phil Belliveau
    Endymion 79k USS Endymion (ARL-9), anchored at Kerama Retto, Okinawa, May 1945.
    Photo by Al Schneider USS Endymion
    Phil Belliveau
    Endymion 16k USS Endymion (ARL-9) at anchorage X-13 East Loch, Naval Station Pearl Harbor HI.
    Photo by Walter R. Jones USS Endymion
    Phil Belliveau
    182k USS Endymion (ARL-9) moored pierside at Tongue Point Naval Station, Astoria, OR. while serving as service vessel for small ships for the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Tongue Point Group, April 1946. Endymion has three LCS(L)(3)'s including USS LCS(L)(3)-116 and USS PC-789.
    US Navy photo.
    Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine

    USS Endymion (ARL-9)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Edgell, Albion, USNR9 May 1944 - 26 August 1945
    02LT. Monohan, Charles Oscar, USNR26 August 1945 - 17 September 1945
    03LCDR. Dundon Jr., Walter Bruce, USNR17 September 1945 - December 1945
    04CDR. Lindner, Philip Francis, CDR USNRDecember 1945 - 21 March 1946
    05LTjg. Leonhard, John Stevens, LTJG USN21 March 1946 - August 1946
    06LTjg. Kotsmith, Chester Mike, LTJG USNAugust 1946 - 4 December 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Russ Moody

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Western Caroline Islands Attack Landing Order
    Beach White Peleliu - CTF 32 Operation Plan A501-44 Appendix 4 to Annex "D"

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