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Contributed by Al Grazevich
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:
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
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
Displacement 2,220 t.(lt) 3,960 t.(fl) 4,100 t.(lim)
Draft 11' 2" (lim)
Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
one single 3"/50 cal. dual purpose gun mount
two quad 40mm AA gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
two twin 40mm AA gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
six twin 20mm AA gun mounts
Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
Fuel Capacity 4,715Bbls
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
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||USS Indra (ARL-37) underway, date and location unknown.
Mobile Riverine Force
||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
||USS Indra (ARL-37) recommissioning ceremony, 16 December 1967, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard.
ARL 37 81225-12-67, Navy Photo, 12/16/67.
||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
||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.
USS Indra (ARL-37)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Siegelman, Richard Joe, USN||2 October 1945 - 6 October 1947|
| ||Decommissioned||6 October 1947 - 16 December 1967|
|02||LCDR. Boerner, Delbert Dean, USN||16 December 1967 - 28 August 1969|
|03||LCDR. Cobb, Loren Hatch, USN||28 August 1969 - 30 January 1970|
|04||LCDR. Blackstock, Fletcher Lee||30 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
Last Updated 27 October 2017
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