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USS Bellerophon (ARL-31)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - November - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship:
  • Authorized as LST-1132
  • Redesignated as a Landing Craft Repair Ship prior to construction
  • Laid down, 12 December 1944, as ARL-31 at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 7 March 1945
  • Placed in reduced commission, 19 March 1945, for transit to her conversion yard at Mobile AL., LT. Perry P. Wynn, USN, in command
  • Decommissioned, 31 March 1945, at Alabama Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co., Mobile AL.
  • Recommissioned USS Bellerophon (ARL-31), 21 July 1945, , LT. Samuel H. Alexander, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Bellerophon was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned at San Diego, CA. 26 November 1947
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group and later in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Bremerton, Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1977
  • Final Disposition, sold, 20 June 1980, to Levin Metals Corp., Richmond, Calif., for scrapping, removed from the Reserve Fleet, 20 June 1980
    Displacement 2,220 t.(lt) 4,100 t.(fl)
    Length 328'
    Beam 50'
    Speed 11.6 kts.
    Officers 21
    Enlisted 232
    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 60Kw 450V A.C.
    two propellers, 1,800shp
    twin rudders

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    Bellerophon 106k USS Bellerophon (ARL-31) commissioning ceremony invitation, 21 July 1945, at Navy Warehouse, City Docks, Mobile AL Rob Wade, courtesy Sid Hisel SM3/c USS Bellerophon
    Bellerophon 935k USS Bellerophon (ARL-31) crew commissioning photo, 21 July 1945, at Alabama Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co., Mobile AL Rob Wade, courtesy Sid Hisel SM3/c USS Bellerophon
    Bellerophon 64k USS Bellerophon (ARL-31) alongside USS Broadwater (APA-139) in San Francisco Bay. A strike by civilian workers paralyzed civilian yards in the San Francisco area during the latter part of October 1945, Bellerophon provided voyage repairs to "Magic Carpet" ships in the harbor during the strike.
    Photo available for purchase from ©Nobe Smith, Atlantic Fleet Sales, Box 6202, Norfolk, VA 23508 All Rights Reserved
    Rob Wade, courtesy Lynn Watson for her father Paul Klinkert S1/c USS Bellerophon
    Bellerophon 80k USS Bellerophon (ARL-31) underway, date and location unknown. Rob Wade, courtesy Sid Hisel SM3/c USS Bellerophon

    USS Bellerophon (ARL-31)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Wynn, Perry Paul, USN19 March 1945 - 29 March 1945
     Decommissioned31 March 1945 - 21 July 1945
    02LT. Alexander, Samuel Hugh, USNR 21 July 1945 - 1 February 1946
    03LT. Berry, Kenneth Pons, USN 1 February 1946 - 1 April 1947
    04LT. Foley, Daniel Edward, USN1 April 1947 - 26 November 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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