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USS Patroclus (ARL-19)
ex
USS LST-955 (1944 - 1945)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Foxtrot - India
NKFI
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 - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)



USS Patroclus (ARL-19) was transferred to Turkey, renamed TCG Basaran (A-582)
Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship:
  • Laid down as LST-955, 22 September 1944 at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham MA.
  • Launched, 22 October 1944
  • Placed in reduced commission as USS LST-955, 13 November 1944 for transit to her conversion yard at Baltimore, MD.
  • Decommissioned, 27 November 1944, at Bethlehem Key Highway Shipyard, Baltimore, MD. for conversion to a Landing Craft Repair Ship (ARL)
  • Recommissioned USS Patroclus (ARL-19), 17 April 1945, LT. Evan G. Bower, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Patroclus was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Patroclus was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 9 April 1946
  • Decommissioned, 2 October 1946, at Green Cove Spring, FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Spring, FL.
  • Transferred in 1951 to the custody of 6th Naval District for conversion
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 22 August 1952
  • Transferred to Turkey under the Military Assistance Program, 15 November 1952, renamed TCG Basaran (A-582)
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in September 1993
    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 Patroclus (ARL-19)
    Patroclus 147k USS Patroclus (ARL-19) in the harbor at Baltimore, MD., 18 April 1945 after completion of conversion from an LST to an ARL. Danis Mutlu for his father Ret. CAPT. Hakki Mutlu,TU Navy, Commanding Officer TCG Basaran 1965-67
    Patroclus 86k USS Patroclus (ARL-19) underway in Hampton Roads, 2 May 1945. Danis Mutlu for his father Ret. CAPT. Hakki Mutlu,TU Navy, Commanding Officer TCG Basaran 1965-67
    Patroclus 175k USS Patroclus (ARL-19) anchored at Tinian, Marianas Islands with an unidentified LSM alongside to port, date unknown. A good view of the ships 15 and 20 ton booms as well as the 60 ton A-frame boom. Tommy Browning for his father James Browning SF3/c USS Patroclus
    Patroclus 212k USS Patroclus (ARL-19) at anchor in Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945. The two battleships in the background are USS Missouri (BB-63) at right with USS Wisconsin (BB-64) partially obscured behind a destroyer or cruiser at left. Patroclus's Special Sea and Anchor Detail is set, detail members on the fantail include 3 - James Browning - SF3/c (sound-powered phones), 4 - Linderman - BM1/c, 5 - Lochbaum - Coxswain, 6-ENS - Jones. Sailors in the gun tub just beyond and above Coxswain Lochbaum (labeled #5) are; leaning on his elbow with his hand to his face, H. Dale Johnson RDM2/c, Jack Kountz RM3/c, Shadick RT3/c, Jack Knauf QM2/c and Chuck Drufke RM3/c. (The sailor to the left of H. Dale Johnson, and the tallest sailor in the photo, are unidentified. This photo was taken after the Peace Treaty had been signed and only minutes before USS Dauphin (APA-97) rammed Patroclus while entering Tokyo Bay. Photo contributed by Tommy Browning for his father James Browning SF3/c USS Patroclus, caption contributed by H. Dale Johnson RDM2/c USS Patroclus
    TCG Basaran (A-582)
    Patroclus 78k Ex-USS Patroclus (ARL-19) in Turkish Naval service as TCG Basaran (A-582), moored in the Marmara Sea, date unknown. Danis Mutlu for his father Ret. CAPT. Hakki Mutlu,TU Navy, Commanding Officer TCG Basaran 1965-67
    Patroclus 52k TCG Basaran (A-582) at anchor, 1965, location unknown.
    Official Turkish Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Patroclus 64k LCDR. Hakki Mutlu, TU Navy, Commanding Officer, far right, along with other officers of TCG Basaran (A-582), October 1965. Photo was taken after completion of a NATO exercise in the Mediterranean Sea and ships were heading back to Turkey. TCG Gaziantep (D-344) Ex-Lansdowne (DD-486) is in the background. Danis Mutlu for his father Ret. CAPT. Hakki Mutlu,TU Navy, Commanding Officer TCG Basaran 1965-67
    Patroclus 83k LCDR. Hakki Mutlu, TU Navy, second on the left, along with the other officers of TCG Basaran (A-582), February 1966. Photo was taken while the ship and her officers were waiting for General Cevdet Sunay, Chief of General Staff. Danis Mutlu for his father Ret. CAPT. Hakki Mutlu,TU Navy, Commanding Officer TCG Basaran 1965-67
    Patroclus 76k General Cevdet Sunay, Chief of General Staff boarding TCG Basaran (A-582), February 1966. Danis Mutlu for his father Ret. CAPT. Hakki Mutlu,TU Navy, Commanding Officer TCG Basaran 1965-67
    Patroclus 68k LCDR.Hakk Mutlu, TU NAVY, far left, along with other senior Turkish Naval officers on board TCG Basaran (A-582) as the ship sails back to Turkey after visiting the Island of Cyprus, 28 September 1966. In the background are several ex-US Navy destroyers in Turkish Navy service serving as escorts for Basaran. Danis Mutlu for his father Ret. CAPT. Hakki Mutlu,TU Navy, Commanding Officer TCG Basaran 1965-67
    Patroclus 70k LCDR.Hakk Mutlu, TU NAVY, second from right bottom row, along with other Turkish Army and Navy officers while underway from the Island of Cyprus to Turkey. TCG Basaran (A-582) was bring Turkish Army personnel back from a six month deployment in Cyprus, 28 September 1966. Danis Mutlu for his father Ret. CAPT. Hakki Mutlu,TU Navy, Commanding Officer TCG Basaran 1965-67
    Patroclus 26k TCG Basaran (A-582), underway in 1970 in the Marmara Sea near Golcuk Naval Base. Danis Mutlu for his father Ret. CAPT. Hakki Mutlu,TU Navy, Commanding Officer TCG Basaran 1965-67
    Patroclus 88k TCG Basaran (A-582), underway in 1970 in the Marmara Sea. Tommy Browning
    Patroclus 141k TCG Basaran (A-582) with two submarines alongside. TCG Dumlupinar (S-339), ex-USS Caiman (SS-323) and TCG Preveze (S-345), ex-USS Entemedor (SS-340). In the distance out in the harbor is TCG Akin (A-585), ex-USS Greenlet (ASR-10) Sait Kucuk, CPOS (Ret), Turkish Navy
    Patroclus 64k TCG Basaran (A-582) underway, date and location unknown. CŁneyt Demir
    Patroclus 108k
    Patroclus 141k TCG Basaran (A-582) at anchor, dates and locations unknown. CŁneyt Demir
    Patroclus 86k
    Patroclus 52k
    Patroclus 129k TCG Basaran (A-582) crew, date and location unknown. CŁneyt Demir
    Patroclus 84k TCG Basaran (A-582) with submarines alongside, date and location unknown. CŁneyt Demir
    Patroclus 217k TCG Basaran (A-582) painting by CŁneyt Demir. CŁneyt Demir

    USS Patroclus (ARL-19)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Bower, Evan Graham, USNR17 April 1945 - 17 November 1945
    02LT. Spann, Robert E. USNR17 November 1945 - February 1946
    03LCDR. Clevinger, Woodson Revel, USNRFebruary 1946 - September 1946
    04LTjg. Seay, Samuel David, USNRSeptember 1946 - 2 October 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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