From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Born in Blairstown, N. J., 6 August 1914, Robert Alfred Belet enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1937. Master Technical Sergeant Belet was killed in action on Guadalcanal 12 September 1942. He was posthumously awarded a Silver Star.

(APD-109: dp. 1,390; l. 306'; b. 37'; dr. 12'7"; s. 23.6 k.; cpl. 204; a. 1 5"; cl. Crosley)

Belet was launched 3 March 1944 by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, Mass., as DE-599; sponsored by Mrs. Robert A. Belet, Sergeant Belet's widow; converted into an APD by her builders (reclassified APD-109, 17 July 1944); and commissioned 15 June 1945, Lieutenant Commander A. P. Merrill, USNR, in command.

Belet reported to San Diego 27 August 1945 for duty with Transport Division 111, Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet. She transported troops in the Pacific until arriving at Wakayama, Japan, for occupation duty 13 October. After arriving at San Francisco 14 January 1946 with returning servicemen, she steamed to Boston Naval Shipyard for repairs. She then sailed to Jacksonville, Fla., where she was placed out of commission in reserve 22 May 1946.