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USS Minotaur (ARL-15)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Lima - Foxtrot
NJLF
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal



USS Minotaur (ARL-15) was transferred to South Korea, renamed ROKS Duk Soo (ARL-1)
Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship:
  • Laid down, 20 June, 1944 as LST-645 at Chicago Bridge and Iron Works, Seneca, IL.
  • Redesignated a Landing Craft Repair Ship ARL, 14 August 1944
  • Launched, 20 September 1944
  • Placed in Ferry Commission, 30 September 1944 for transit to her conversion yard at Mobile, AL.
  • Commissioned,USS Minotaur (ARL-15), 26 February 1945, LT. Joseph H. Church, USNR in command
  • During World War II Minotaur was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 4 to 30 June 1945

  • Decommissioned, 26 February 1947, New Orleans, LA.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 14 June 1951, LCDR. D. Garrett, in command
  • Decommissioned, 3 October 1955, at New York City, N.Y.
  • Transferred (loaned) to South Korea, renamed ROKS Duk Soo (ARL-1)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Minotaur earned one battle star for World War II service
    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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    USS Minotaur (ARL-15)
    Minotaur 25k USS Minotaur (ARL-15) underway, date and location unknown. Capt Steve Hogue, USN, Ret
    Minotaur 14k USS Minotaur (ARL-15) underway, date and location unknown. Capt Steve Hogue, USN, Ret
    ROKS Duk Soo (ARL-1)
    Minotaur 73k Ex-USS Minotaur (ARL-15) in South Korean naval service as ROKS Duk Soo (ARL-1) at anchor, circa 1963, location unknown. Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    USS Minotaur (ARL-15)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Church, Joseph Henry, USNR26 February 1945 - 12 December 1945
    02LT. Crane, Albert Herman, USNR12 December 1945 - 31 January 1946
    03LTjg. Entringer, James Samuel, USNR31 January 1946 - 12 April 1946
    04LCDR. Ambler, John Ernest, USNR12 April 1946 - 26 February 1947
     Decommissioned26 February 1947 - 14 June 1951
    05LCDR. Garrett, D.14 June 1851 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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