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USS Krishna (ARL-38)

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

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation (2) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (4-Vietnam)
Third Row - Vietnam Service Medal (12) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (4) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

USS Krishna (ARL-38) was sold to the Philippines and renamed BRP Narra (AR-38)
Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship:
  • LST-1149 was reclassified ARL-38 14 August 1944
  • Laid down, 23 February 1945, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca IL.
  • Launched, 25 May 1945
  • Placed in reduced commission as USS Krishna (ARL-38) for transit to her conversion yard at Mobile AL.
  • Fully commissioned, 3 December 1945, LT. Lyle E. Brown in command.
  • During the Vietnam War USS Krishna (ARL-38) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnamese Defense
    16 September to 3 December 1965
    11 December to 24 December 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive-Phase V
    21 September to 1 November 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    25 December 1965 to 30 June 1966
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive-Phase VI
    2 November to 10 November 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive-Phase II
    1 July to 22 July 1966
    6 October 1966
    1 April to 14 April 1967
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    30 June to 31 October 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive-Phase III
    1 November 1967 to 29 January 1968
    Vietnam Winter-Spring1970
    1 November to 10 November 1969
    4 January 1970
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 1 April 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive-Phase VII
    31 December 1970 to 20 March 1971
    30 May to 30 June 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive-Phase IV
    2 April to 16 April 1968
    Consolidation I
    1 July to 9 October 1971

  • Decommissioned, 30 October 1971 at Subic Bay P.I.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 30 October 1971
  • Sold to the Republic of the Philippines, 30 October 1971, renamed BRP Narra (AR-38)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Krishna earned twelve battle stars for Vietnam War service
    Displacement 2,220 t.(lt) 3,960 t.(fl) 4,100 t.(lim)
    Length 328'
    Beam 50'
    Draft 11' 2" (lim)
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Officers 19
    Enlisted 270
    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
    twin rudders

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    Krishna 107k Illustrator John Barrett's rendition of USS Krishna (ARL-38) offered by his company Navy Yard Associates which also offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource. John Barrett
    Navy Yard Associates
    Krishna 105k USS Krishna (ARL-38) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Krishna 30k USS Krishna (ARL-38) underway, circa 1951-54, location unknown. Photo by Michael Eberhardt Sr. USS Minos (ARL-14) Mike Eberhardt in honor of his father Michael R. Eberhardt Sr, DKSN, USNR-R USS Minos
    Krishna 48k USS Krishna (ARL-38) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Krishna 60k USS Krishna (ARL-38) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    LSM-297 76k USS Krishna (ARL-38), USS LSM-297 and USS LST-521 during "Operation Blue Jay" the construction of Thule Air Force Base in Greenland, July 1951. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Krishna 121k USS Krishna (ARL 38) probably photographed during the 1960s. The mainmast is now a tripod.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo
    Robert Hurst
    Krishna 55k USS Krishna (ARL 38) tending Coast Guard Cutters in Vietnam. date unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Krishna 75k USS Krishna (ARL 38) with APL-55 to starboard and a Thai PGM alongside on the port quarter while at anchor in An Thoi Harbor, Phu Quoc Island, South Vietnam, 1966. Truman Richey USS Krishna
    Krishna 29k
    Krishna 91k USS Krishna (ARL 38) repairing a Swift boat at An Thoi, South Vietnam, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine July 1967.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Krishna 80k USS Krishna (ARL 38) plaque. Tommy Trampp

    For more photos and information about USS Krishna see;
  • History located at the Mobile Riverine Forces Association Web Site
  • "Adventure On The USS Krishna (ARL-38) July 5, 1970"
  • 1966 Christmas "Sand' n Salt"
  • Mobile Riverine Force Association
  • 1953 USS Krishna (ARL-38) Crew Photos

  • Commanding Officers
    01LT. Brown, Lyle Edward,USN3 December 1945 - 21 February 1946
    02LCDR. Burton Jr., Roy E., USN21 February 1946 - June 1947
    03LCDR. Parlier, Charles Alle, USNjune 1947 - 11 July 1949
    04LCDR. Brown, Harold Clifford11 July 1949 - January 1952
    05LCDR. Prue, Grant WilliamJanuary 1952 - ?
    06LCDR. Rappenecker, James Carl1962 - September 1964
    07LCDR. Rueff, Eugene CarlSeptember 1964 - March 1966
    08LCDR. Harris, William RossMarch 1966 - April 1967
    09LCDR. Lockey, Richard HermanApril 1967 - November 1967
    10LCDR. Cannon Sr., Jesse DeesNovember 1967 - 1968
    11LCDR. Meardy, Ronald Ross1968 - December 1969
    12LCDR. Straight, DonaldDecember 1969 - 1970
    13LCDR. Newby, Burton Clinton1970 - February 1971
    14LCDR. Usborne, Roger Way1971 - 30 October 1971
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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