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USS Estes (LCC-12)
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USS Estes (AGC-12) (1944 - 1969)

/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Delta - Echo

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom. left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (4-Vietnam)
Fourth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (6) - United Nations Service Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal
Fifth Row - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (2) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal


Mount McKinley Class Amphibious Force Command Ship:
  • Laid down as SS Morning Star, a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1353) at North Carolina Shipbuilding Co. Wilmington, N.C.
  • Launched, 1 November 1943
  • Transferred to the Navy, 22 February 1944
  • Commissioned USS Estes (AGC-12), 9 October 1944, CDR. R. O. Mathews in command
  • During World War II USS Estes (AGC-12) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 16 to 24 February 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto operation, 25 March to 20 April 1945

  • Following World War II and the Korean War USS Estes was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    9 to 16 March 19466 November 1945 to 8 March 1946
    30 January to 2 February 1949 17 March to 3 April 1947
     13 August to 17 November 1947
     5 December 1947 to 29 January 1949
     2 to 13 February 1955

  • Decommissioned, 30 June 1949
  • Recommissioned, 31 January 1951
  • During the Korean War USS Estes (AGC-12) participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    25 July to 2August 1951
    8 to 17 September 1951
    21 to 23 October 1951
    26 October to 1 November 1951
    Second Korean Winter
    3 to 7 December 1951
    10 to 17 January 1952
    27 January to 1 February 1952
    to 9 March 1952

  • During the Vietnam War USS Estes (AGC-12 / LCC-12) participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Defense Campaign
    4 to 15 July 1965
    17 to 23 August 1965
    20 September to 3 October 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    3 to 14 April 1968
    9 to 20 May 1968
    28 May to 20 June 1968
    28 to 30 June 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    30 August 1966
    9 September 1966
    18 to 20 October 1966
    29 November to 1 December 1966
    3 to 13 January 1967
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 to 20 July 1968
    Tet Counteroffensive
    12 February to 1 March 1968
    17 to 22 March 1968
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    26 August to 4 September 1969

  • Designation changed to (LCC-12), 1 January 1969
  • Decommissioned, 31 October 1969
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 30 July 1976 and custody transferred to MARAD
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping by MARAD, 1 December 1977
  • USS Estes received two battle stars for World War II service, two battle stars for Korean war service and six campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 7,500 t.(lt), 12,580 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 24' (lim)
    Speed 16.4 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 54
    Enlisted 568
    Staff Accommodations
    Officers103
    Enlisted 338
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    ten twin 20mm AA gum mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 22,650 Bbls
    Diesel 700 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric Geared turbine
    two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Estes 26k USS Estes (AGC-12) at anchor in Lingayen Gulf, Luzon Island, Philippines, circa August 1945. Photo by Bernard L. De Noma LCT 725
    Estes 61k Menu cover commemorating USS Estes (AGC-12) first anniversary of commissioned service, 9 October 1945 Richard C Preall, Chief Master Sergeant US Army Ret
    Estes 50k USS Estes (AGC-12), starboard broadside view, underway in Sinclair Inlet off Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 28 July 1947.
    Puget Sound Naval Shipyard photo # NY8-1060 now in the collections of the Seattle Branch of the US National Archives.
    Tracy White
    Estes 51k USS Estes (AGC-12), starboard bow view, underway with the assistance of a navy tug in Sinclair Inlet off Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 28 July 1947.
    Puget Sound Naval Shipyard photo # NY8-1061 now in the collections of the Seattle Branch of the US National Archives.
    Tracy White
    Estes 47k USS Estes (AGC-12), stern view, underway with the assistance of a navy tug in Sinclair Inlet off Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 28 July 1947.
    Puget Sound Naval Shipyard photo # NY8-1062 now in the collections of the Seattle Branch of the US National Archives.
    Tracy White
    Estes 46k USS Estes (AGC-12), head on view, underway with the assistance of a navy tug in Sinclair Inlet off Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 28 July 1947.
    Puget Sound Naval Shipyard photo # NY8-1063 now in the collections of the Seattle Branch of the US National Archives.
    Tracy White
    Estes 41k USS Estes (AGC-12), stern view, underway in Sinclair Inlet off Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 28 July 1947.
    Puget Sound Naval Shipyard photo # NY8-1064 now in the collections of the Seattle Branch of the US National Archives.
    Tracy White
    Estes 88k USS Estes (AGC-12) underway near Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Sinclair Inlet, 28 July 1947.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-129116, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Estes 371k USS Estes (AGC-12) at anchor, 8 August 1955, probably off Coronado, CA.
    US Navy photo from the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
    Darryl Baker
    Estes 62k USS Estes (AGC-12) underway, date and location unknown.  
    Estes 72k USS Estes (AGC-12) underway, date and location unknown.  
    Estes 64k USS Estes (AGC-12) at anchor, date and location unknown. Joe Fyke
    Estes 101k USS Estes (AGC-12) underway, date and location unknown.  
    Estes 128k USS Estes (AGC-12) underway, date and location unknown.  
    Estes 72k USS Estes (AGC-12) arrives at Seattle, WA. for the 1962 World's Fair. The 600-foot 'space needle' stands in the background.
    US Navy photo for All Hands magazine, August 1962.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Estes 105k USS Estes (AGC-12) plaque Tommy Trampp


    For more photos and information about USS Estes, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • USS Estes Association AGC-12
  • Commanding Officers

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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