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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)
Draft 11' 2" (lim)
Speed 11.6 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 60 t.
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
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 Menelaus (ARL-13) departing Norfolk, September 1951 for an 18 month Mediterranean deployment.
||James Pomeroy YN3 USS Menelaus
||USS Menelaus (ARL-13) underway in the harbor at Valetta, Malta, circa 1951-52.
||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
|01||LT. Tripp, Peter Francis, USNR||15 January 1945 - 29 January 1945|
| ||Decommissioned||29 January 1945 - 29 May 1945|
|01||LT. Tripp, Peter Francis, USNR||29 May 1945 - ?|
|02||LCDR. Patterson, Lloyd James, USNR||May 1946 - November 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 6 December 2013
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