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USS Chimaera (ARL-33)


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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship:
  • Allocated as LST-1137
  • Redesignated ARL-33, 14 August 1944
  • Laid down. date unknown, as Chimaera (ARL-33) at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca IL.
  • Launched, 30 March 1945
  • Placed in reduced commissioned as USS Chimaera (ARL-33)
  • Decommissioned, 7 May 1945, at her conversion yard at Baltimore, MD.
  • Recommissioned, 7 August 1945, LT. Frederick Edson Clerk Jr. in command
  • During World War II USS Chimaera was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Chimaera was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    23 January 1946 to 1 September 194723 January 1946 to 1 September 1947

  • Decommissioned, 8 March 1948, at San Pedro. CA.
  • Laid up at the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Length 328'
    Beam 50'
    Draft 11' 2" (lim)
    Speed 11.6 kts.
    Largest Boom Capacity 60 t.
    Complement
    Officers 22
    Enlisted 233
    Armament
    one single 3'/50 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
    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 100Kw 450V A.C.
    two propellers, 1,800shp
    twin rudders

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    Chimaera 80k USS Chimaera (ARL-33) underway, date and location unknown. Hyperwar, US Navy in WWII
    Chimaera 42k USS Chimaera (ARL-33) underway in Baltimore harbor, circa 1945. Hughes Studio Photo Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Maryland Historical Society
    Chimaera 405k USS Chimaera (ARL-33) laid up in Reserve at San Diego, CA. Note USS Laysan Island (ARST-1) also visible in this photo.
    Photo by Ronald Roy SMC USN Ret.
    Scott Nelson for his Grandfather Ronald Roy SMC USN Ret. USS Atlas

    USS Chimaera (ARL-33)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Clerk Jr., Frederick Edson 7 August 1945 - ?
    02LCDR. Siebenthal, Stanley Arthur, USNAugust - October 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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