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USS Sphinx (ARL- 24)


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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (5-5NOV68, 18JUN69, 21JUN69, 21NOV70, 23NOV70) - Presidential Unit Citation (2) - Navy Unit Commendation (3)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (1)
Fourth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (8) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (8) - Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal


Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship:
  • Authorized as LST-963
  • Redesignated Landing Craft Repair Ship (ARL), 11 September 1944
  • Laid down, 20 October 1944 at Bethlehem Steel Co., Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 18 November 1944
  • Placed in partial commissioned for ferrying to her fitting out yard, 12 December 1944, LT. Evans, Maurice H. in command
  • Decommissioned, 8 January 1945, at Merrill Stevens Dry Dock Co., Jacksonville, FL. for fitting out
  • Recommissioned, USS Sphinx (ARL-24), 10 May 1945, LCDR. Evans, Maurice H. in command
  • Decommissioned, 24 May 1947, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Recommissioned, 3 November 1950, at San Diego, LCDR Collier, Leland H. in command
  • During the Korean War USS Sphinx (ARL-24) participated in the following campaign:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive, 26 to 28 April 1952

  • Decommissioned, 31 January 1956, at San Diego
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Recommissioned, 16 December 1967, at New Orleans, LA., LCDR Looby, Robert J. in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Sphinx (ARL-24) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive, Phase IV
    8 June to 30 June 1968
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 June to 20 June 1969
    23 August to 31 October 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive, Phase V
    1 July to 1 November 1968
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive, Phase VI
    2 November 1968 to 22 February 1969
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive,
    1 May to 30 June 1970
    Tet 69/Counteroffensive,
    23 February to 8 June 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive, Phase VII,
    1 July to 12 December 1970
    11 March to 30 June 1971

  • Decommissioned, 30 September 1971, at Bremerton, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 16 April 1977
  • Re-acquired by the Navy in 1985
  • Recommissioned, 26 July 1985, at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., CDR Vosseler, Paul K. in command
  • Decommissioned, 16 June 1989, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., 15 June 1990
  • Custody transferred, 2 December 2002, to Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse and Veterans Park Museum, Dunkirk, N.Y.
  • Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse and Veterans Park, was unable to raised the required funds to tow Sphinx out of the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • MARAD retained title and officially withdrew it from donation in April 2007
  • Sold for scrapping 24 August 2007, to North American Ship Recycling, Sparrows Point, MD. as part of a five ship contract worth $2,161,610
  • Abandoned at Baltimore, MD., when North American Ship Recycling went out of business in 2007
  • Scrapping contract re-awarded, 30 November 2007, to Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake, VA., for $695,000
  • Final Disposition, towed from North American Ship Recycling at Baltimore, MD. to Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake, VA., 1 December 2007, for scrapping
  • USS Sphinx received one battle star for the Korean War and eight campaign stars for the Vietnam War
    Specifications:
    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)
    Complement
    Officers 21
    Enlisted 232
    Armament
    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
    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 60Kw 450V A.C.
    two propellers, 1,800shp
    twin rudders

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    Sphinx 9k USS Sphinx (ARL-24) in Vietnamese waters, date unknown Tom Willoughby
    USS Askari (ARL30) Association, courtesy Dennis Miller
    Sphinx 98k USS Sphinx (ARL-24) in Vietnamese waters, date unknown. Albert Moore, Mobile Riverine Force Association
    Sphinx 78k USS Sphinx (ARL-24) anchored at Vung Tao South Vietnam in Sept 1970, The ship was enroute to Tan Chao. Artie Kitchen EN3
    Sphinx 27k USS Sphinx (ARL-24) underway in Puget Sound prior to recommissioning in 1985 at Bremerton Naval Shipyard. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Sphinx 233k USS Sphinx (ARL-24) Commissioning invitation. Tom Armstrong
    Sphinx 553k USS Sphinx (ARL-24) Recommissioning decal. Tom Armstrong
    Sphinx 59k USS Sphinx (ARL-24) laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., date unknown. Joe Lombardi, Ocean Technical Services
    Sphinx 95k Ex-Sphinx (ARL-24) being moved by commercial tug through Hampton Roads (downtown Norfolk, VA. in the background) from North American Ship Recycling at Baltimore, MD. to Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake, VA., for scrapping, 1 December 2007 Photo by Mabel Clark
    Sphinx 279k Ex-Sphinx (ARL-24) moored forward of Ex-Hoist (ARS-40) at Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake, VA., awaiting the scrappers cutting torch, 20 December 2007 Photo by Jerry Crow
    Sphinx 284k Ex-Sphinx (ARL-24) moored at Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake, VA., awaiting dismantling, 20 December 2007 Photo by Jerry Crow
    Sphinx 315k Ex-Sphinx (ARL-24) moored at Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake, VA., awaiting dismantling, 20 December 2007 Photo Jerry Crow
    Sphinx 206k Ex-Sphinx (ARL-24) moored at Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake, VA., awaiting dismantling, December 2007. Robert Hurst

    USS Sphinx (ARL-24)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Navy History and Heritage Command and at the
    Mobile Riverine Force Association
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Evans, Maurice H.12 December 1944 - 8 January 1945 
     Decommissioned8 January 1945 - 10 May 1945 
    02LCDR. Evans, Maurice H.10 May 1945 - 13 May 1946Photo and Bio
    03LTjg. Salisbury, Harley G.13 May 1946 - 20 July 1946 
    04LT. Hass, Walter H.20 July 1946 - 24 May 1947 
     Decommissioned24 May 1947 - 3 November 1950 
    05LCDR. Collier, Leland H.3 November 1950 - 31 July 1952 
    06LCDR. Hann, Edward Neyland31 July 1952 - 9 August 1954 
    07LCDR. Doran, Edward M.9 August 1954 - 31 January 1956 
     Decommissioned31 January 1967 - 16 December 1967 
    08LCDR. Looby, Robert J.31 October 1967 - 6 December 1968Photo and Bio
    09LCDR. Marchfield, William E.6 December 1968 - 3 December 1969 
    10LCDR. Garcia, Rudolpho C.3 December 1969 - 9 November 1970 
    11LCDR. Seeber, Lauren9 November 1970 - 26 July 1971 
    12LT. Lake, Larry J.26 July 1971 - 6 August 1971 
    13LCDR. Young Jr., Sol6 August 1971 - 30 September 1971Photo and Bio
     Decommissioned30 September 1971 - 26 July 1985 
    14CDR. Vosseler, Paul K. A.26 July 1985 - 1986Photo
    15LCDR. Londot, Jack L.1986 - 7 July 1987 
    16CDR. Kendall, Gene R. ;RADM7 July 1987 - 26 July 1988 
    17CDR. Baker, Thomas Allan26 July 1988 - 16 June 1989Photo and Bio
    Courtesy USS Sphinx (ARL-24) Web Site

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Sphinx (ARL-24)
    Mobile Riverine Force Association
    Brownwater Navy in Vietnam Web Book
    ARL-24 Online Photos at Picturetrail.com
    USS Sphinx ARL-24 on Facebook
    Recommissioning Program on Facebook
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