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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 in 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.
    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 19
    Enlisted 270
    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
    Diesel 4,715 Bbls
    Propulsion
    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)
    DANFS
    history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Guberlet, Frank Louis, USNR13 January 1945 - July 1946
    02LCDR. Simmons, Jesse Franklin, USNJuly 1946 - October 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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