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USS Pandemus (ARL-18)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - India - November
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 (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:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 13 to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Pandemus was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    6 September to 22 December 19456 September to 22 December 1945

  • 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
  • USS Pandemus earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target in 1969
    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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    MSC-190/192/201 144k USS Pandemus (ARL-18), MINRON 4 flagship, with MSCs USS Falcon (MSC-190), USS Hummingbird (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.
    Pandemus 686k 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.
    Pandemus 358k USS Pandemus (ARL-18) under way, date and location unknown. Frank Martin, ETR3 USNR USS Pandemus July 61 to August 64
    Pandemus 190k USS Pandemus (ARL-18) under way off San Diego, CA., circa 1967.
    US Navy photo from 1967-68 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships"
    Robert Hurst
    Pandemus 84k USS Pandemus (ARL-18) ship's plaque Tommy Trampp

    Additional Ships Patches
    Contributed by Robert Stahn
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski

    USS Pandemus (ARL-18)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Shaw, Jr., Howard Baker, USNR23 February 1945 - November 1945
    02LT. Hoover, Robert Eugene, USNNovember 1945 - 23 September 1946
     Decommissioned23 September 1946 - 14 December 1951
    03LT. Thomas, John Hugo, USN14 December 1951 - ?
    04CDR. Engler, Clifford Will, USN1955 - 30 January 1957
    05LCDR. Dunham, Alonzo Colbert, USN30 January 1957 - 12 March 1958
    06LCDR. Fleming, Marion Russell, USN12 March 1958 - 23 July 1960
    07LCDR./CDR. Kubiszewski, Robert Joseph, USNR23 July 1960 - 12 April 1963
    08LCDR. O'Donnell, John Joseph, USN12 April 1963 - 20 August 1965
    09LCDR. Ryan, James Anthony, USN20 August 1965 - 5 June 1967
    10LCDR. Scarbrough, Vernon Ray, USN5 June 1967 - 30 September 1968
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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