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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
Contributed by Mike Smolinski
USS Pandemus (ARL-18)
USS LST-650 (1944 - 1945)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Mike - Echo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2-Cuba) - Philippines Liberation Medal
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship / Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship:
Laid down, 20 July 1944 as LST-650 at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
Reclassified as a Landing Craft Repair Ship ARL-18, 14 August 1944
Named Pandemus, 11 September 1944
Launched, 10 October 1944
Placed in reduced commission for transit to her conversion yard, 21 October 1944
Decommissioned, 3 November 1944
Converted to a Landing Craft Repair Ship at Todd-Johnson Dry Dock Inc., New Orleans, LA.
Recommissioned, USS Pandemus (ARL-18), 23 February 1945, LCDR. Howard B. Shaw, Jr., USNR, in command
During World War II USS Pandemus was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
Following World War II USS Pandemus performed occupation duty including China service
Decommissioned, 23 September 1946, at Algiers, LA.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
Recommissioned, 14 December 1951, at Green Cove Springs, FL., LT. John H. Thomas in command
Decommissioned, 30 September 1968
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1968
Final Disposition, sunk as a target in 1969
USS Pandemus received one battle star for World War II service
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, June 1945
Displacement 2,220 t.(lt) 3,960 t.(fl) 4,100 t.(lim)
Draft 11' 2" (lim)
Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
one single 3"/50 cal. dual purpose gun mount
two quad 40mm AA gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
two twin 40mm AA gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
six twin 20mm AA gun mounts
Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
Fuel Capacity 4,715Bbls
two General Motors 12-567A Diesel engines
single Falk Main Reduction Gears
Ships Service Generators
three 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
two 60Kw 450V A.C.
two propellers, 1,800shp
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||USS Pandemus (ARL-18), MINRON 4 flagship, with MSCs
USS Falcon (MSC-190),
USS Humming Bird (MSC 192) and
USS Shrike (MSC 201) moored alongside.
YO-129 is outboard of Shrike
US Navy Photo from the February 1957 issue of All Hands magazine
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||USS Pandemus (ARL-18) coming alongside USS Proteus (AS-19) during highline operations at sea, 17 October 1963,
.US Navy photo # NH 1085356.
|David Buell for his father CWO4 Benton, E. Buell USN Ret.
||USS Pandemus (ARL-18) underway, date and location unknown.
||Frank Martin, ETR3 USNR USS Pandemus July 61 to August 64
|Additional Ships Patches
Contributed by Robert Stahn
Contributed by Mike Smolinski
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Last Updated 11 September 2009
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