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USS Tantalus (ARL-27)

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
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship:
  • Laid down, 10 October 1944, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 2 January 1945
  • Commissioned USS Tantalus (ARL-27), 13 January 1945, LT. Frank L. Guberlet, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Tantalus was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Tantalus was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    4 August to 31 October 19462 April to 3 August 1946

  • Decommissioned, 18 January 1947 at Shanghai, China
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 7 February 1947
  • Final Disposition, released to the Foreign Liquidation Commission for further transfer to the United Nations Relief, and Rehabilitation Administration for disposal, fate unknown.
    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
    Diesel 4,715 Bbls
    two General Motors 12-567A Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    Ships Service Generators
    three 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    two 60Kw 450V A.C.
    two propellers, 1,800shp
    twin rudders

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    Tantalus 27k USS Tantalus (ARL-27) underway, date and location unknown. Note the pontoon causeway secured to her starboard side.
    US Navy photo
    Edgar Runkel USS Tantalus
    Tantalus 46k USS Tantalus (ARL-27) looking forward while underway enroute to Guam with pontoon causeways secured to both port and starboard sides, date unknown. Edgar Runkel USS Tantalus
    Tantalus 23k USS Tantalus (ARL-27) and USS Coronis (ARL-10) moored pierside at Shanghai, China, 5 April 1946. Edgar Runkel USS Tantalus

    USS Tantalus (ARL-27)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Guberlet, Frank Louis, USNR13 January 1945 - 27 July 1946
    02LCDR. Simmons, Jesse Franklin, USN27 July 1946 - 18 January 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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