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USS Proton (AKS-28)
USS Proton (AG-147) (1949 - 1951)
USS LST-1078 (1945 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Juliet - Quebec
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 27 March 1945, at Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 25 April 1945
  • Commissioned USS LST-1078, 15 May 1945
  • Decommissioned, 29 April 1948, at San Diego, CA.
  • During World War II USS LST-1078 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS LST-1078 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    18 October to 5 November 194518 January to 9 October 1947

  • Decommissioned and laid up, 29 April 1948 , in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Named Proton (AG-147) in January 1949
  • Recommissioned in February 1951, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA., as USS Proton (AKS-28)
  • Decommissioned, 22 April 1958, at Naval Supply Center, Oakland, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 January 1959
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 4,080 t.(fl)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    Draft (light) - 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
    Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
    Complement unknown
    Armament 8 40mm guns
    two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 230V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 1,700shp
    twin rudders

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    USS Proton (AG-147)
    Proton 215k USS Proton (AKS-28) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Naval Memorial.
    Stan Svec
    USS Proton (AKS-28)
    Proton 53k USS Proton (AKS-28) moored to a buoy, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Naval Memorial.
    Stan Svec
    Proton 124k USS Proton (AKS-28) underway in San Francisco Bay after competing a Pacific deployment, December 1957. Note the "Homeward Bound pennant.
    Photo by ©Allied Photographers of San Francisco.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Proton 154k USS Proton (AKS-28) moored pierside, circa 1955-56, location unknown. Mary A Wells for her father LTjg. Edward A. Lyon USS Proton

    USS Proton (AKS-28)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
     Decommissioned24 April 1948 - February 1951 
     LCDR. Henderson, P. E. 1953 - ?USS Proton (AKS-28)
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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