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USS Menelaus (ARL-13)


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


Precedence of awards is from left to right, top to bottom
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal


Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship:
  • Laid down as LST-971, 17 November 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, MA.
  • Launched 20 December 1944
  • Placed in reduced commission as USS LST-971, 15 January 1945, LT. Peter F. Tripp USNR, in command, for transit to her conversion yard, Bethlehem Key Highway Plant Baltimore, MD.
  • Decommissioned, 29 January 1945
  • Recommissioned USS Menelaus (ARL-13), 29 May 1945, LT. Peter F. Tripp, USNR in command
  • Decommissioned, 5 June 1947, at Orange, TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
  • Recommissioned, 14 December 1950
  • Decommissioned, 5 September 1955, at Green Cove Springs FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1960
  • Sold 28 October 1960, to Norfolk, Baltimore and Caroline Line, for commercial service, renamed M/V Maryland Clipper
  • Resold in 1978 to Thor Corporation of Venezuela
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    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.
    Complement
    Officers 22
    Enlisted 233
    Armament
    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
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 4,715 Bbls
    Propulsion
    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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    Menelaus 38k USS Menelaus (ARL-13) departing Norfolk, September 1951 for an 18 month Mediterranean deployment. James Pomeroy YN3 USS Menelaus
    Menelaus 45k USS Menelaus (ARL-13) underway in the harbor at Valetta, Malta, circa 1951-52. Robert Hurst
    Menelaus 72k USS Menelaus (ARL-13) underway, date and location unknown. US Navy photo. David Buell for his father CWO4 Benton, E. Buell USN Ret.

    USS Menelaus (ARL-13)
    DANFS History entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Tripp, Peter Francis, USNR15 January 1945 - 29 January 1945
     Decommissioned29 January 1945 - 29 May 1945
    01LT. Tripp, Peter Francis, USNR29 May 1945 - ?
    02LCDR. Patterson, Lloyd James, USNRMay 1946 - November 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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