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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), for transit to her fitting out yard, LT. Frederick Clerk Jr. USNR in command
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 1947||23 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, 1 July 1961
Final Disposition, sold, 20 March 1962 to NASSCO, Terminal Island, San Pedro, CA., withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 13 April 1962
Draft 11' 2" (lim)
Speed 11.6 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 60 t.
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
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 100Kw 450V A.C.
two propellers, 1,800shp
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||USS Chimaera (ARL-33) underway, date and location unknown.
||Hyperwar, US Navy in WWII
||USS Chimaera (ARL-33) underway in Baltimore harbor, circa 1945.
||Hughes Studio Photo Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Maryland Historical Society
||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)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Clerk Jr., Frederick Edson, USNR||12 April 1945 - 7 May 1945|
| ||Decommissioned||7 May 1945 - 7 August 1945|
|01||LT. Clerk Jr., Frederick Edson, USNR||7 August 1945 - 9 October 1945|
|02||LCDR. Siebenthal, Stanley Arthur, USN||9 October 1945 - October 1946|
|04||LCDR. Bogdan, Joseph George, USN||10 July 1947 - 8 March 1948|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 27 October 2017
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