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USS Winston (LKA-94)
USS Winston (AKA-94) (1945 - 1963)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Mike - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation (2) - 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 (2) - Korean Service Medal (6)
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (6) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (4)
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Andromeda Class Amphibious Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 10 July 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 216), at Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Kearney, N.J.
  • Launched, 30 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS Winston (AKA-94), 19 January 1945, at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y., CDR. Morgan C. Wheyland, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Winston (AKA-94) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-Two, COMO. S. P. Jenkins;
    TransDiv Sixty-Six, CAPT. W. G. Ludlow Jr. USN (17)
  • Following World War II USS Winston was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    14 January to 15 May 1949 6 to 13 July 1951

  • During the Korean War USS Winston participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    North Korea Aggression
    23 to 27 September 1950
    7 October to 2 November 1950
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    30 April to 1 May 1951
    Communist China Aggression
    3 to 16 November 1950
    3 to 28 December 1950
    Third Korean Winter
    13 to 15 February 1953
    14 to 25 March 1953
    First UN Counter Offensive
    9 to 11 February 1951
    15 February to 7 March 1951
    Korea, Summer-Fall 1953
    13 June 1953
    5 to 19 July 1953
    26 to 27 July 1953

  • Decommissioned, 1 February 1957
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 24 November 1961, at San Francisco, CA.
  • During the Vietnam War USS Winston (AKA-94 / LKA-94) participated in the following campaigns:

    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Advisory Campaign
    17 October 1962 to 2 May 1963
    18 June to 18 December 1964
    20 May to 3 July 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    4 September to 30 October 1967
    Vietnam Defense
    4 July to 11 August 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    28 to 30 November 1968
    10 to 31 December 1968
    1 to 28 January 1969
    10 to 22 February 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    4 to 17 April 1966
    26 May to 4 June 1966
    Tet 69/Counteroffensive
    23 February to 28 March 1969
    14 April to 5 May 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    24 July to 5 August 1966

  • Redesignated (LKA-94), 1 January 1969
  • Decommissioned in November 1969
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1976
  • USS Winston earned six battle stars for Korean War service and for Vietnam War service the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with six campaign stars
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 18 December 1979, to Apolina Ltd., Hong Kong. Scrapping completed, 23 April 1980, by Keun Hwa Iron, Steel Works & Enterprises, Ltd. Taiwan
    Displacement 6,556 t.(lt) 14,200 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 4"
    Speed 16.t kts (trial)
    Officers 24
    Enlisted 223
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 4,900 DWT
    non-refrigerated 440,000 Cu. ft.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    eight LCMs
    one LCP(L)
    fifteen LCVPs
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 11,190 Bbls
    one General Electric steam turbine
    two Foster Wheeler "D"-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Winston 64k USS Winston (AKA-94) under way off San Diego during sea trials in September 1962, prior to a WESTPAC deployment. Dean T, Reed EN3 LCM#7 USS Winston
    Winston 584k USS Winston (AKA-94) outbound to sea passing Point Loma as she exits the harbor at San Diego, CA., circa pre-1960. Masao Aochi BT2 USS Winston 1968-69
    Winston 107k USS Neches (AO-47), USS Winston (AKA-94) and USS Monticello (LSD-35) moored in the harbor at San Diego, CA. in 1962. Tommy Trampp
    Winston 111k
    Winston 111k USS Monticello (LSD-35) and USS Winston (AKA-94) moored in the harbor at San Diego, CA. in 1962. Tommy Trampp
    Winston 88k
    Winston 327k USS Winston (AKA-94) outbound to sea from San Diego, CA. in 1966.
    US Navy photo.
    Mike Smolinski
    Winston 81k USS Winston (AKA-94) at anchor in Hong Kong Harbor, June 1966. © Richard Leonhardt
    Winston 63k USS Winston (AKA-94) under way off the coast of South Vietnam, 1966. Photo by LT. Richard Dawson USS Renville.
    Winston 42k USS Winston (AKA-94) under way off South Vietnam in 1967
    US Navy photo # K-41458
    US Naval Historical Center
    Winston 116k USS Winston (AKA-94) at anchor, Kaohsiung, Republic of China, 39 March 30 1969. Masao Aochi BT2 USS Winston 1968-69
    Winston 33k USS Winston (AKA-94) at anchor, Danang, Republic of Vietnam, May 1969. Masao Aochi BT2 USS Winston 1968-69

    Additional USS Winston (AKA-94) Patches
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski

    For more photos and information about USS Winston, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • USS Winston (AKA-94) War Diaries January 1945 to November 1945, History and Action Reports
  • USS Winston (AKA/LKA-94)

  • Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Wheyland, Morgan C. USNR (USNA 1920)19 January 1945 - 5 April 1945
    02LCDR. Doty, E.S. USNR5 April 1945 - 31 December 1945
    03LCDR. Todd Jr., John William USNR31 December 1945 - 11 January 1946
    04CAPT. Finnegan, Joseph USN (USNA 1928)11 January 1946 - November 1947
    05CDR. Jenkins, Wallace Taylor USNNovember 1947 - ?
    06CAPT. Nickelson, William Richardson David? - December 1949
    07CAPT. Maginnis, JackDecember 1949 - June 1951
    08CAPT. Carr, Bruce Lewis :RADMJune 1951 - 1952
    09CAPT. Bennett, Carter Lowe1952 - 1952
    10CAPT. Young, Robert Donald1952 - 8 April 1953
    11CAPT. Maynard, Harry Clark8 April 1953 - April 1954
    12CAPT. Wier, Henry Robert USN (USNA 1931)April 1954 - July 1955
    13CAPT. Atkins, Barry Kennedy :RADMJuly 1955 - August 1956
     Decommissioned1 February 1957 - 24 November 1961
    14CAPT. Smallwood Jr., Roy Clinton24 November 1961 - ?
    15CAPT. Lowentrout, Jack Lewis17 May 1963 - 12 May 1964
    16CAPT. Donnelly Jr., William Eugene, USN (USNA 1944)12 May 1964 - 16 March 1965
    17CAPT. Coad, Richard Joseph16 March 1965 - March 1966
    18CAPT. Bennett Jr., William LeoMarch 1966 - March 1967
    19CAPT. Hunter, H. Reid, USN (USNA 1948-A)March 1967 - 15 December 1968
    20CAPT. Dowling, Patrick Samuel, USN (USNA 1946)15 December 1968 - November 1969
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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