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Contributed by Don McGrogan, BMCS, USN Ret. - Popular Patch

USS Proserpine (ARL-21)
USS LST-1116 (1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Foxtrot - Xray
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 - National Defense Service Medal

Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship:
  • Laid down, 2 October 1944 as LST-1116 at Chicago Bridge and Iron Works, Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 28 December 1944
  • Placed in reduced commission, 9 January 1945, as USS LST-1116 for transit to her conversion yard at Jacksonville, FL., LT. Meredith L. Scott USNR in command
  • Decommissioned, 15 February 1945 at Gibbs Gas Engine Co., Jacksonville, FL. for conversion to a Landing Craft Repair Ship (ARL)
  • Recommissioned USS Proserpine (ARL-21), 31 May 1945, LCDR. Meredith L. Scott USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Proserpine was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 18 January 1947, at Green Cove Spring, FL.
  • Assigned to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at Green Cove Spring, FL.
  • Recommissioned, 27 October 1950
  • Decommissioned, 24 May 1956
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Boston Group, South Boston, MA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 September 1960, at South Boston, MA.
  • Sold 26 September 1960 to Interamerican Standard Co., New York, N.Y. as the barge MV McLeod
  • 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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    Proserpine 95k USS Proserpine (ARL-21) underway in the Port of Jacksonville, FL., 10 June 1945, after completion of conversion to a Landing Craft Repair Ship. Note the two tall kingposts, considerably closer together than earlier ARLs.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-86800, RG-19 LCM, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives..
    Robert Hall
    Proserpine 63k USS Proserpine (ARL-21) moored at NAB Little Creek, VA, circa 1951. George Panos, QMS2C USS Earle B. Hall
    Proserpine 83k USS Proserpine (ARL-21) moored at NAB Little Creek, VA, 1952. Donald B. Canaday
    Proserpine 76k USS Proserpine (ARL-21) laid up at East Boston, June 1961 © Richard Leonhardt

    USS Proserpine (ARL-21)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Scott, Meredith Leitch, USNR9 January 1945 - 15 February 1945
     Decommissioned15 February 1945 - 31 May 1945
    01LCDR. Scott, Meredith Leitch, USNR31 May 1945 - 18 January 1947
     Decommissioned18 January 1947 - 27 October 1950
    02LCDR. Darrow, John B., USNR27 October 1950 - ?
    03LCDR. Hibler Jr., Oscar Newton1953
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Proserpine (ARL-21) 1953 Cruisebook courtesy Jim White SKSN, USS Minos 1952-54
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