USS Pandemus

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(APL-18: dp. 4,100; 1. 328'; b. 50'; dr. 11'2"; s. 11 k.; cpl. 53; a. 1 3"; cl. AchelouS)

Pandemus (APL-18) was laid down as LST-660, 20 July 1944 by the Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, III., reclassified AKL 18 on 14 August 1944; named Pandemus 11 September 1944; launched 10 October 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Laura Sauter Gasperik; placed in reduced commission 21 October 1944 for transit to New Orleans, decommissioned 3 November 1944 for conversion to a landing craft repair shiD by Todd Johnson Dry Dock, Inc., and commissioned in full 23 February 1945, Lt. Comdr. Howard B. Shaw, Jr., USNR, in command.

Pandemus departed New Orleans 12 March 1945 for shakedown out of Panama City, Fla. and returned for alterations 26 March. On 4 April she stood down the Mississippi River, bound by way of the Panama Canal, the Hawanan and Marshall Islands, the Mariana Islands and Ulithi to Hagushi anchorage, Okinawa. There she tended and repaired infantry 1945.

Pandemus touched at Guam and Saipan on her way to San Pedro Bay, Leyte, Philippine Islands. She serviced land

ing and small craft in that area and then at Okinawa and Shanghai, China. She put to sea from Shanghai 21 December 1945 and steamed by way of Pearl Harbor to San Pedro, Calif., arriving 5 February 1946. Six days later she was on her way to Mobile, Ala. where she arrived 3 March. She shifted to Algrers, La., 4 July and decommissioned there 23 September 1946.

Pandemue recommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla., 14 December 1951, Lt. John H. Thomas in command; fitted out at Merrill Stevens Shipyard, Jacksonville, visited Norfolk 23 January 1952, and arrived at the U.S. Naval Minecraft Base, Charleston, her home port, 30 March and began 1634 years of service supporting minesweeping operations along the Atlantic Coast from Newport, R.I. to Key West, Fla., in the Caribbean, and in the Gulf of Mexico.

She decommissioned 30 September 1968 and was struck from the Navy List 1 October 1968. She was sunk as a target in late 1969.

Pandemus received one battle star for World War II service.