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USS Palmyra (ARST-3)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Uniform - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Laysan Island Class Salvage Craft Tender
  • Laid down, 11 December 1944, as LST-1100 at Jeffersonville Bridge and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Redesignated Salvage Craft Tender, ARST-3, 8 December 1944
  • Named Palmyra, 23 December 1944
  • Launched, 20 February 1945
  • Commissioned, USS Palmyra (ARST-3), 28 July 1945, LT. Franzini, John C., USNR in command
  • During after World War II USS Palmyra was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • USS Palmyra (ARST-3) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.2.7 Target Vessel Group - Salvage Units for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Decommissioned, 20 June 1947, at Orange, TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange, TX.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1973
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service, 1 April 1974
    Displacement 4,100 t. (lim)
    Length 328'
    Beam 50'
    Draft 11' 2"
    Speed 11.6 kts
    Officers 41
    Enlisted 248
    Largest Boom Capacity 25 t.
    two quad 40mm AA gun mounts
    twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Boats two LCVPs
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel 6,830 Bbls
    Gasoline 17,850 Gals
    two General Motors 12-567A Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    four Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    twin rudders
    twin propellers, 1,800shp

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    Palmyra 177k Palmyra (ARST-3) being ferried down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers from Jeffersonville, IN., to New Orleans, LA. Palmyra arrived in New Orleans, 28 July 1945 for commissioning. Of the five boats visible, two are in davits and the other three are probably served by the large rotating crane, the long boom of which is clearly visible.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-89764 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Palmyra 23k USS Palmyra (ARST-3) under way, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Palmyra 44k USS Palmyra (ARST-3) under way, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Palmyra 76k USS Palmyra (ARST-3) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "Mud, Muscles, and Miracles" by Captain Charles A. Bartholomew, USN and Commander William I. Milwee, Jr., USN (Ret.)
    Robert Hurst

    USS Palmyra (ARST-3)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Franzini, John C., USNR27 July 1945 - 21 November 1945
    02LCDR. Jones, Willie Lee, USN21 November 1945 - 5 June 1946
    03LCDR. Brazeal, Richard H., USNR5 June 1946 - 10 April 1947
    04LCDR. Young, James Thomas, USN10 April 1947 - 20 June 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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