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USS Myrmidon (ARL-16)
USS LST-948 (1944 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Yankee - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship:
  • Laid down, 25 August 1944, as LST-948, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, MA.
  • Renamed Myrmidon, 11 September 1944
  • Launched, 28 September 1944
  • Placed in reduced commission, 19 October 1944 as USS LST-948, LT. Edgar A. Simpson USNR in command, for for transit to her conversion yard, Merrill Stevens Shipyard, Jacksonville, FL.
  • Decommissioned, 10 November 1944, at Jacksonville, FL. for conversion to a Landing Craft Repair Ship
  • Recommissioned USS Myrmidon (ARL-16), 9 March 1945, LT. Edgar A. Simpson USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Myrmidon was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 7 July 1947, at Orange, TX. for lay up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 April 1960
  • Sold, 21 December 1960, to River Equipment, Memphis, TN., resold to Dravo Corp, Neville Island, Pittsburgh, PA, 16 January 1961, Resold to Avondale Shipbuilding Corp, circa 1962
  • 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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    Myrmidon 118k USS Myrmidon (ARL-16) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 91143
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Myrmidon 28k USS Myrmidon (ARL-16) at anchor, date and location unknown. LST-361 web site

    USS Myrmidon (ARL-16)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Simpson, Edgar Allen, USNR19 October 1944 - 10 November 1944 LST-948
     Decommissioned10 November 1944 - 9 March 1945 
    02LT. Simpson, Edgar Allen, USNR9 March 1945 - October 1945ARL-16
    03LT. Doak, Woodrow G., USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946ARL-16
    04LTjg. Bennett, Bert L., USNRMarch 1946 - April 1946ARL-16
    05LCDR. Bernson, Alvin Emanuel, USNApril 1946 - 14 January 1947ARL-16
    06LT. Miles, Edwin Frank, USN14 January 1947 - March 1947ARL-16
    07LCDR. Matthews, Joseph Alfred, USNMarch 1947 - 7 July 1947 ARL-16
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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