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USS Indra (ARL-37)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (2) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship:
  • Laid down, 12 February 1945, as LST-1147 at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Converted while building to a Landing Craft Repair Ship (ARL)
  • Launched. 21 May 1945
  • Placed in reduced commission as USS Indra (ARL-37) to transit to her conversion yard, Bethlehem-Key Highway Shipyard, Baltimore, MD.
  • Placed in full commission, 2 October 1945, LCDR. Richard J. Siegelman in command
  • USS Indra was assigned to China service from 18 February to 30 August 1947
  • Decommissioned, 6 October 1947, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Recommissioned, 16 December 1967, LCDR. Delbert D. Boerner in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Indra (ARL-37) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive-Phase IV,
    7 May to 30 June 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive-Phase V,
    1 July to 17 October 1968
  • Decommissioned in May 1970
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1984
  • USS Indra earned two campaign stars for service during the Vietnam War
  • Transferred to the State of North Carolina in January 1992
  • Final Disposition, sunk as an artificial reef off the coast of North Carolina, 4 August 1992
    Displacement 2,220 t.(lt) 3,960 t.(fl) 4,840 t.(lim)
    Length 327'9"
    Beam 50'1½"
    Draft 16'2" (fully loaded)
    Speed 10 kts.
    Officers 21
    Enlisted 232
    Ship's Boatstwo 36' LCVP
    one 25 Ton Fixed Kingpost Crane
    one 5 Ton Bridge Gantry Crane
    two MK2 Mod 18 quad 40mm AA gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    two Gun Directors MK5 Mod2
    six .50 cal. Machine Guns
    two Stinger Firing Stations
    Fuel Capacity 4,715Bbls
    two General Motors 12-567A Detroit Twelve Cylinder Diesel Engines, combined horsepower 1800
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    four Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V A.C.
    five Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V D.C.
    two fixed pitch 7' bronze propellers
    twin rudders

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    Indra 40k USS Indra (ARL-37) underway, date and location unknown. Albert Moore
    Mobile Riverine Force
    Indra 148k USS Indra (ARL-37) underway, circa 1960s
    US Navy photo # NH 97353 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Indra 1887k USS Indra (ARL-37) recommissioning ceremony, 16 December 1967, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard.
    ARL 37 81225-12-67, Navy Photo, 12/16/67.
    Darryl Baker
    Indra 54k LCDR D. D. Boerner assuming command of USS Indra (ARL-37) 16 December 1967 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Clipping from the shipyard newspaper the "Grapevine" December 16, 1994 covering the commissioning of Indra. At this time the yard was under closure notice so the newspaper was running historical information.
    File name: ARL 37 Comm CO GV 121694
    Darryl Baker
    Albany 145 Ex-USS Indra (ARL-37), Ex-USS Albany (CG-10), Haskell class APA, and an unknown submarine at St. Helena Annex, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, 1986. Ron Reeves

    USS Indra (ARL-37)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Siegelman, Richard Joe, USN2 October 1945 - 6 October 1947
     Decommissioned6 October 1947 - 16 December 1967
    02LCDR. Boerner, Delbert Dean, USN16 December 1967 - 28 August 1969
    03LCDR. Cobb, Loren Hatch, USN28 August 1969 - 30 January 1970
    04LCDR. Blackstock, Fletcher Lee30 January 1970 - 27 May 1970
    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
    Mobile Riverine Force Association
    1967 Recommissioning Ceremony program
    Mobile Riverine Forces Association, USS Indra History
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