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USS Gordius (ARL-36)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

USS Gordius (ARL-36) was transferred to Iran and renamed Sohrab
Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship:
  • Laid down, 5 February 1945, as LST-1145, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Works, Seneca IL.
  • Redesignated a Landing Craft Repair Ship ARL-36
  • Launched, 7 May 1945
  • Placed in reduced commission, 18 May 1945, for transit to her conversion yard at Baltimore, MD., LT. Roy L. Roy USN in command
  • Decommissioned, 11 June 1945, at Bethlehem Steel Co., Key Highway Plant, Baltimore MD.
  • Recommissioned USS Gordius (ARL-36), 14 September 1945, LT. Roy L. Guy USN in command
  • Decommissioned, 21 December 1955, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 February 1961
  • Loaned under the Military Assistance Program to Iran, 7 September 1968, renamed Sohrab
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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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    USS Gordius (ARL-36)
    Gordius 152k USS Gordius (ARL-36) under way, date and location unknown. Jim White SKSN, USS Minos 1952-54.
    Gordius 97k USS Gordius (ARL-36) under way, looking towards the bow, date and location unknown. Jim White SKSN, USS Minos 1952-54.
    Gordius 49k Ex-US Gordius (ARL-36) at anchor while in Iranian service as Sohrab, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Gordius 82k Sohrab at anchor, date and location unknown. CŁneyt Demir

    USS Gordius (ARL-36)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Guy, Roy Lee, USN18 May 1945 - 11 June 1945
     Decommissioned11 June 1945 - 14 September 1945
    02LT. Guy, Roy Lee, USN14 September 1945 - 8 January 1946
    03LTjg. Bohannon, John M., USN8 January 1946 - ?
    04LCDR. Jergens, USNR1949 - ?
    05LT. Gray, Charles BruningJuly 1950 - June 1951
    06LCDR. Easley, Ira David1953
    07LCDR. Gleason, Carl Thomas, USN1955 - 21 December 1955
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    1953 USS Gordius (ARL-36) Crew Photos contributed by Jim White
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