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USS Menelaus (ARL-13)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Kilo - Yankee
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
    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 22
    Enlisted 233
    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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    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) under way in the harbor at Valletta, Malta, circa 1951-52. Robert Hurst
    Menelaus 72k USS Menelaus (ARL-13) under way, date and location unknown. US Navy photo. David Buell for his father CWO4 Benton, E. Buell USN Ret.

    USS Menelaus (ARL-13)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Tripp, Peter Francis, USNR15 January 1945 - 29 January 1945
     Decommissioned29 January 1945 - 29 May 1945
    01LT. Tripp, Peter Francis, USNRMay 1945 - ?
    02LCDR. Patterson, Lloyd James, USNRMay 1946 - 5 June 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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