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Coronis

 

Several characters in Greek mythology, including the mother of Asclepius, god of medicine and healing, have this name.

 

(ARL-10: dp. 2,220; l. 328'; b. 50'; dr. 15';  s. 11 k.; cpl. 255; a. 1 3"; cl. Achelous)

 

LST-1003 was launched 8 June 1944 by Boston Navy Yard; sponsored by Mrs. V. M. Rines; named and reclassified Coronis (ARL-10) on 12 June 1944; placed in partial commission 29 June 1944; and sailed to Baltimore, Md., for conversion to a landing craft repair ship; and commissioned in full 28 November 1944, Lieutenant J. J. Ready, Jr., USNR, in command.

 

Departing Norfolk 4 January 1945 Coronis arrived at Purvis Bay, Solomon Islands, to repair battle-damaged landing craft in preparation for the invasion of Okinawa. Arriving at Ulithi, the staging area, on 2& March, she joined the Service and Salvage Unit, and 5 days later sortied with them for Okinawa, arriving off the island 3 April. Here she repaired landing craft and the smaller radar picket ships, and operated a fog generator to give protective cover from air attack to ships lying in her area. On 18 June Coronis sailed for Saipan and Guam to load spare parts and supplies, continuing to Subic Bay where she acted as repair ship for the training group preparing for the invasion of Japan.

 

After the close of the war, Coronis returned to Okinawa 26 August to repair landing ships of the 5th Fleet. She also converted LST-494 into a minecraft tender. She arrived in Wakayama Wan 25 September to operate a boat pool, and service ships of the 5th Fleet carrying out occupation activities until 16 March 1946. After calling at Shanghai, China, she sailed for Astoria, Oreg., arriving 2 May. Coronis was placed out of commission in reserve at Vancouver, Wash., 29 July 1946.

 

Coronis received one battle star for World War II service.