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USS Quirinus (ARL-39)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

USS Quirinus (ARL-39) was transferred to Venezuela and renamed Guayana (T-18)
Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship:
  • Laid down, 3 March 1945, as LST-1151 at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched 4 June 1945
  • Placed in reduced commission, 11 June 1945, as USS Quirinus for transit to Bethlehem Steel Co., Key Highway Plant, Baltimore, MD. for decommissioning and conversion to an Landing Craft Repair Ship
  • Recommissioned USS Quirinus (ARL-39), 6 November 1945, LT. William Villella USN in command
  • Decommissioned, 27 March 1947
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Loaned to Venezuela in 1962 under the Military Assistance Program, renamed Guayana (T-18)
  • Sold to Venezuela, under the Security Assistance Program, 2 December 1977
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 3,900 t.(lt) 4,100 t.(fl)
    Length 328'
    Beam 50'
    Draft 11' 2" (lim)
    Speed 11.6 kts.
    Largest Boom Capacity 60 t.
    Officers 22
    Enlisted 233
    one single 3'/50 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 100Kw 450V A.C.
    two propellers, 1,800shp
    twin rudders

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    USS Quirinus (ARL-39)
    Quirinus 90k USS Quirinus (ARL-39) under way, date and location unknown. US Navy photo. David Buell for his father CWO4 Benton, E. Buell USN Ret.
    Guayana (T-18)
    Quirinus 69k Ex-USS Quirinus (ARL-39) in Venezuelan naval service as Guayana (T-18). Robert Hurst

    USS Quirinus (ARL-39)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Villella, William, USN6 November 1945 - March 1946
    01CDR. Nicholson, Richard Philip, USNMarch 1946 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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