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USS Cadmus (AR-14)

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November - Uniform - Uniform - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2)

USS Cadmus (AR-14) was sold to the Republic of China and renamed ROCS Yu Tai (A-521)
Amphion Class Repair Ship:
  • Laid down, 30 October 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2) hull, under a Maritime Commission contract at Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Inc, Tampa, FL.
  • Launched, 5 August 1945
  • Commissioned USS Cadmus (AR-14), 23 April 1946, CAPT James M. Connally USN in command
  • Decommissioned, 14 September 1971
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 January 1974
  • Sold under the Security Assistance Program to Taiwan, 22 April 1974, renamed ROCS Yu Tai (A-521)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 6,266 t.(lt) 16,900 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 27' 6"
    Speed 16.5 kts. (trial)
    Officers 67
    Enlisted 854
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 16,205 Bbls
    Diesel 3,575 Bbls
    one Westinghouse steam turbine
    two Foster Wheeler D-type boilers, 435psi 740°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
    Ship's Service Generators
    four turbo-drive 750Kw 450V A.C.
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    USS Cadmus (AR-14)
    Cadmus - Was the founder and first king of Thebes. Cadmus was the first Greek hero and, alongside Perseus and Bellerophon, the greatest hero and slayer of monsters before the days of Heracles.
    Cadmus fighting the dragon. Side A of a black-figured amphora from Euboea, ca. 560550 BC.
    Collection - Louvre Museum. Paris, France
    Tommy Trampp
    Cadmus 117k USS Cadmus (AR-14) underway during sea trials near Tampa, FL, 14 July 1946. She had been commissioned in April 1946.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-120497, RG-19-LCM, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Cadmus 77k USS Cadmus (AR-14) underway, circa 1956, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1958-59 Edition.
    Robert Hurst
    Cadmus 80k USS Cadmus (AR-14) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "Our Navy" Magazine", First of June 1954.
    Stanley Svec
    93k USS Cadmus (AR-14) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Jos Haver
    142k USS Cadmus (AR-14) underway, circa 1960s, location unknown.
    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 81596
    Robert Hurst
    388k USS Cadmus (AR-14) underway, circa 1960s, location unknown.
    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 81597
    Robert Hurst
    Cadmus 59k USS Cadmus (AR-14) at South Boston Naval Annex, August 1960 © Richard Leonhardt
    Cadmus 153k USS Cadmus (AR-14) underway between around 1958 and 1965. She has lost her 40mm twin mounts but still has both 5"/38 guns. Note the extra enclosed level added above the bridge
    US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Robert Hurst
    Cadmus 145k USS Cadmus (AR-14) entering Valletta harbor, Malta, in 1966.
    Photo courtesy of A. & J. Pavia from 1966/67 Edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships"
    Robert Hurst
    Cadmus 84k USS Cadmus (AR-14) at Naval Station Newport, R.I., 30 May 1970 with Nipmuc (ATF-157), USS Harlan R. Dickson (DD-708) and USS Norris (DD-859) alongside. © Richard Leonhardt
    Cadmus 98k USS Cadmus (AR-14) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan, MACM USN Ret.
    ROCS Yu Tai (A-521)
    Cadmus 16k ex-USS Cadmus (AR-14) in Republic of China service as ROCS Yu Tai (A-521) Taiwan Navy Web Site
    Cadmus 12k ROCS Yu Tai (A-521) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Taiwan Navy Web Site
    Cadmus 16k ROCS Yu Tai (A-521) underway, date and location unknown. Taiwan Navy Web Site
    Cadmus 63k ROCS Yu Tai (A-521) moored pierside at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 15 November 1985. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Cadmus 77k ROCS Yu Tai (A-521) moored pierside at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 26 April 1995.
    Photo by Karsten Petersen
    Robert Hurst

    USS Cadmus (AR-14)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Connally, James Monroe, USN (USNA 1918)23 April 1946 - March 1948
    02CAPT. Terry, Winthrop Eugene, USN (USNA 1925)March 1948 - ?
    08CAPT. Foster, Everett Joseph, USN (USNA 1933)? - 28 October 1957
    09CAPT. Thompson, Floyd Thomas, USN (USNA 1936)28 Octoberr 1957 - 24 December 1958
    10CAPT. Claggett, Bladen Dulany, USN (USNA 1935)24 December 1958 - 1959
    11CAPT. Clausner, Marlin David, USN1959 - 30 November 1960
    12CAPT. Pugsley, Edmund Brewster, USN30 November 1960 - February 1962
    13CAPT. Vickrey Jr., William Clyde, USN (USNA 1940)February 1962 - 1 August 1964
    14CAPT. Porter Jr., Phillip Wells, USN 1 August 1964 - 1965
    15CAPT. Hayler, William Birch, USN (USNA 1945)1965 - 1966
    16CAPT. Cushman Jr., Charles Henry, USN1966 - 1968
    18CDR. Kreinberg, Alfred George, USN1968 - 4 January 1969
    17CAPT. Smith, George Townsend, USN 4 January 1969 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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