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USS Romulus (ARL-22)
USS LST-962 (1944 -1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Foxtrot - Sierra
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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (1) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korean War Service Medal (retroactive)

USS Romulus (ARL-22) was transferred to the Philippines, renamed BRP Aklan (AR-67)
Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship:
  • Laid down as LST-962, 17 October 1944, at Bethlehem Steel Co., Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 15 November 1944
  • Placed in reduced commission, 9 December 1944, as USS LST-962 for transit to her conversion yard at Jacksonville, FL., LT. George R. Hoell, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, 8 January 1945, at Gibbs Gas Engine Co., Jacksonville, FL., for conversion to a Landing Craft Repair Ship (ARL)
  • Recommissioned USS Romulus (ARL-22), 10 May 1945, LT. George R. Hoell, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Romulus was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Romulus was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    14 September 1945 to 8 December 19469 to 30 December 1946

  • Decommissioned, 12 May 1947, at San Pedro, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Recommissioned, 2 April 1952
  • During the Korean War USS Romulus (ARL-22) participated in the following campaign:

    Korean War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Korean Summer-Fall 1953 Campaign, 28 May to 11 June 1953
  • Decommissioned, 1 June 1956, at Astoria, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1960
  • USS Romulus (ARL-22) earned one battle star for Korean War service
  • Sold 1 November 1961 under the Military Assistance Program to the Philippines, renamed BRP Aklan (AR-67)
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1989
    Displacement 2,220 t.(lt) 3,960 t.(fl) 4,100 t.(lim)
    Length 328'
    Beam 50'
    Draft 11' 2" (lim)
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Officers 19
    Enlisted 270
    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
    Ship's Service Generators
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    two Diesel-drive 60Kw 450V A.C.
    two propellers, 1,800shp
    twin rudders

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    USS Romulus(ARL-22)
    Romulus 230k Romulus (ARL-22) officers, circa 1952, location unknown.
    Back Row, left to right; Slattery, Wallace, White, Allain.
    Front Row, one unidentified plus Pereina, LCDR Hemera, Kilduff, and Lang.
    Knelling, left, Gosch, right Jennett.
    Gilbert Jennett for his father LT. Gaston P. Jennett, Jr. USS Romulus
    Romulus 236k Romulus (ARL-22) officers, circa 1952, location unknown.
    Standing, left to right, Jennett, White, Kilduff, Benny Hemus.
    Seated, left to right, Meale, Know, CAPT. Hemera, John Slattery, Doc. Lang
    Gilbert Jennett for his father LT. Gaston P. Jennett, Jr. USS Romulus
    BRP Aklan (AR-67)
    Romulus 38k Ex-Romulus (ARL-22) at anchor, circa 1968, while in Philippines service as BRP Aklan (AR-67). Robert Hurst
    Romulus 87k BRP Aklan (AR-67) getting underway, date and location unknown.
    Official Philippines Navy photo from "Janes Fighting Ships 1967-1968"
    Mike Green

    USS Romulus (ARL-22)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Hoell, George Raymond, USNR9 December 1944 - 8 January 1945
     Decommissioned8 January 1945 to 10 May 1945
    01LT. Hoell, George Raymond, USNR10 May 1945 - December 1945
    02LT. Lenhart, John Howard, USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    03LT. Ryan, Marvin Francis, USNMarch 1946 - June 1946
    04LCDR. Kelly, James, TimotheyJune 1946 - 17 February 1947
     Decommissioned12 May 1947 - 2 April 1952
    04LCDR. White, Robert Roy2 April 1952 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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