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USS Bellona (ARL-32)
USS LST-1136 (1945)

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

Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship:
  • Redesignated ARL-32, 14 August 1944
  • Laid down, 27 December 1944, as LST-1136 at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 26 March 1945
  • Placed in reduced commission as USS LST-1136, 6 April 1945, for transit to her conversion yard at Baltimore, MD., LT. Perry P. Wynn USN (Ferry Crew No. 20) in command
  • Decommissioned, 13 April 1945, at Bethlehem Steel Co., Key Highway Plant, Baltimore, MD.
  • Recommissioned USS Bellona (ARL-32), 28 July 1945, LT. Walter P. Sullivan USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Bellona was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Lost due to grounding, 1 December 1945, near Iwo Jima at Kama Rocks
  • Decommissioned, 4 February 1946, at Iwo Jima
  • Final Disposition, destroyed, 14 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
    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 cal. 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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    60k USS Bellona ARL-32) commissioning ceremony, 28 July 1945 at Bethlehem Steel Co., Key Highway Plant, Baltimore, MD. Ships officers and Miss. Malise, ship's sponsor. Officers left to right; ENS. Cummings, LTjg. Kimball, LT. Farnell, Commanding Officer LT. Sullivan, LTjg. Wolhuter and LTjg. Russell.
    Bethlehem Steel Co. photo from USS LST Ship Memorial, Inc. LST Shipyard Collection
    Tommy Trampp

    USS Bellona (ARL-32)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Wynn, Perry Paul, USN (Ferry Crew No. 20)6 April 1945 - 13 April 1945
    02LT. Sullivan, Walter Paul, USNR13 April 1945 - 27 April 1945
     Decommissioned27 April 1945 - 28 July 1945
    02LT. Sullivan, Walter Paul, USNR28 July 1945 - October 1945
    03LT. Farrell, Richard Evan, USNROctober 1945 - 4 February 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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