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USS Minotaur (ARL-15)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - 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)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS Minotaur earned one battle star for World War II service
  • 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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    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.
    Minotaur 132k ROKS Duk Soo (ARL-1) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 45336
    Mike Green

    USS Minotaur (ARL-15)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    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, Dennis, USN 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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