USS Midas (ARB-5)

USS Midas (ARB-5)

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USS Midas (ARB-5)

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USS Midas (ARB-5) was one of twelve Aristaeus-class battle damage repair ships built for the United States Navy during World War II. Named for Midas (in Greek mythology, the king of Phrygia, whose touch turned all to gold), she was the only U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name.

Originally laid down as LST-514 on 31 August 1943 by Chicago Bridge & Iron Company of Seneca, Illinois; reclassified as a battle damage repair ship on 3 November 1943 and converted by the Maryland Dry Dock Company; launched on 24 December 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Frederick J. Miller; and commissioned on 23 May 1944 at Baltimore, Maryland with Lieutenant Robert A. Young in command.

Service history

Midas got underway for the Pacific, departing Norfolk, Virginia on 25 June 1944. She arrived off New Guinea on 26 August, having repaired ships in the Society Islands and New Caledonia en route. She continued to operate along the northern coast of New Guinea until late in October when ordered to the Philippines, arriving on 12 November as the first 7th Fleet repair ship at San Pedro, Leyte. During her stay she witnessed numerous air attacks. She shot down an aircraft on 27 November, and she repaired ships of all types, readying them for further operations in the Philippines. After 25 May 1945 she continued her battle damage and routine repair work from Guiuan Roadstead, Samar, in the Philippine Islands. With the end of the war, Midas centered more on mine damaged hulls. Short handed as a result of men...
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