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USS Seminole (LKA-104)
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USS Seminole (AKA-104) (1945 - 1969)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Charlie - India
NECI
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons






Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (18 May 1967) - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Thailand) - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Fourth Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (6) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Vietnam)
Fourth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (7) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (8) - Philippines Liberation Medal
Fifth Row - United Nation Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal


Tolland Class Amphibious Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1703), at North Carolina Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, N.C.
  • Launched, 28 December 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Commission, 6 February 1945
  • Placed in partial commission as USS Seminole (AKA-104), 6 February 1945, LT. Guyon, Elmer Edward USNR (Aux. Vessel Ferry Crew # 1) in command
  • Decommissioned, 8 February 1945, at Charleston Navy Yard for conversion to naval service
  • Re-commissioned USS Seminole (AKA-104), 8 March 1945, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C., CDR. James H. Budd, USNR, in command.
  • During World War II USS Seminole was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II and during the Korean War USS Seminole was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    25 September to 1 October 19457 December 1945 to 4 February 1946
    24 to 31 October 19459 to 17 April 1951

  • During the Korean War USS Seminole (AKA-104) participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    6 to 12 September 1950
    18 September to 2 November 1950
    First UN Counter Offensive
    25 January to 22 February 1951
    Communist China Aggression
    3 November 1950 to 24 January 1951
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    15 December 1952
    13 to 15 April 1953
    Inchon Landing
    13 to 17 September 1950
    Korea Summer-Fall 1953
    23 to 25 April 1953
    8 to 17 May 1953
    11 to 22 June 1953
    16 to 27 July 1953

  • During the Vietnam War USS Seminole (AKA-104) participated in the following campaigns:

    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Advisory Campaign
    14 to 19 July 1962
    29 July to 9 August 1962
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    7 to 12 September 1968
    30 to 31 October 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    20 to 30 March 1966
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    1 to 16 November 1968
    24 November to 8 December 1968
    28 December to 8 February 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    23 to 25 October 1966
    1 to 8 March 1967
    18 to 19 April 1967
    21 to 31 May 1967
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    10 to 11 January 1970
    28 to 30 January 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    1 to 12 June 1967
    27 June to 26 July 1967
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    20 to 23 May 1970

  • Redesignated Amphibious Cargo Ship (LKA-104), 1 January 1969
  • Decommissioned, 13 December 1970, at the Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, San Diego, CA,
  • Custody returned to MARAD for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, 20 May 1971
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1976
  • USS Seminole earned six battle stars Korean War service, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with seven campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Final Disposition, sold for (non-transportation use) scrapping by MARAD, 16 November 1977, to American Ship Dismantlers, Inc.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,635 t.(lt) 14,160 t.(lim)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 35
    Enlisted 387
    Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    sixteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Boats
    fourteen LCVPs
    eight LCMs
    Cargo Capacity 5,275 DWT
    non-refrigerated 380,000 Cu ft
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 10,425 bbls
    Diesel 805 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric geared turbine drive
    two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    one propeller, 6,000shp

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    Seminole 349k USS Seminole (AKA-104) moored outboard of USS Kermit Roosevelt (ARG-16), date and location unknown.
    Photo by Ronald Roy SMC USN Ret.
    Scott Nelson for his Grandfather Ronald Roy SMC USN Ret. USS Atlas
    Seminole 161k Stern view of USS Seminole (AKA-104) getting underway, date and location unknown.
    Photo by Ronald Roy SMC USN Ret.
    Scott Nelson for his Grandfather Ronald Roy SMC USN Ret. USS Atlas
    Seminole 167k USS Seminole (AKA-104) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    Photo by Ronald Roy SMC USN Ret.
    Scott Nelson for his Grandfather Ronald Roy SMC USN Ret. USS Atlas
    Seminole 77k USS Seminole (AKA-104) underway, date and location unknown. .
    Seminole 83k USS Seminole (AKA-104) underway, circa 1946-1950 John Valasek in honor of his father
    Edmund G Valasek EN1 USN
    crew member circa 1946-50
    Seminole 134k USS Seminole (AKA-104) broadside view underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy Photograph # USN 1044363
    Henry A Wristen

    USS Seminole (AKA-194) at San Francisco Naval Shipyard (Hunters Point), 15 March 1952 and 8 February 1954. These series of photos shows antenna arrangement.
    Photos from the US National Archives
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    Seminole Seminole Seminole Seminole

    Seminole 300k Forward quarter view of USS Seminole (AKA-104) at anchor after a refit at San Francisco Naval Shipyard, 11 February 1954, hoisting one LCM and preparing to hoist a second. Numbers painted on her side indicate boat stations for loading.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Seminole 270k Broadside forward of abeam port view of USS Seminole (AKA-104) at anchor after a refit at San Francisco Naval Shipyard, 11 February 1954, hoisting an LCM.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Seminole 371k Bow on view of USS Seminole (AKA-104) at anchor after a refit at San Francisco Naval Shipyard, 11 February 1954, hoisting one LCM and preparing to hoist a second.
    US Navy photo.
     
    Seminole 283k Aft quarter starboard view of USS Seminole (AKA-104) at anchor after a refit at San Francisco Naval Shipyard, 11 February 1954.
    US Navy photo.
     
    Seminole 244k Aft quarter port view of USS Seminole (AKA-104) at anchor after a refit at San Francisco Naval Shipyard, 11 February 1954.
    US Navy photo.
     
    Seminole 321k Stern on view of USS Seminole (AKA-104) at anchor after a refit at San Francisco Naval Shipyard, 11 February 1954.
    US Navy photo.
     
    Seminole 1657k USS Seminole (AKA-104) underway, 23 March 1955, location unknown.
    US Navy photo #1078532
    David Buell
    Seminole 905k USS Seminole (AKA-104) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    David Buell
    Seminole 86k USS Seminole (AKA-104) underway departing San Diego, CA., date unknown. Russ Padden
    Seminole 77k Stern view of USS Seminole (AKA-104) moored at San Diego, September 1960. Photo by Lee Noland STGC USN Ret. USS Bausell
    Seminole 64k USS Seminole (AKA-104) at Subic Bay, summer 1967. Photo by Larry Backus USS Bausell



    For more photos and information about USS Seminole, see:
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • MARAD Vessel History Data Base

  • Commanding Officers
     LT. Guyon, Elmer Edward, USNR (Aux. Vessel Ferry Crew # 1)6 February 1945 - 8 February 1945
     Decommissioned8 February 1945 - 8 March 1945
    01CDR. Budd, James Hodgeson, USNR8 March 1945 - 15 December 1945
    02CDR. Byrd, Marion Moore, USN (27)15 December 1945 - 1 March 1947
    04CAPT. Winterhalter, Emile Reeves, USN (27)4 October 1947 - 8 November 1948
    05CAPT. Whiting, Charles Jonathan USN (26)8 November 1948 - 21 April 1950
    06CAPT. Farrow, Henry USN (26)21 April 1950 - 18 October 1951
    07CAPT. Wylie, William Naylor USN (30)18 October 1951 - 27 February 1952
    08CAPT. Wolverton, Royal Alan USN (30)27 February 1952 - 15 July 1953
    09CAPT. Johnson, Frank Lesher USN (30)15 July 1953 - 10 June 1954
    10CAPT. Thomas, Donald Irving USN (32)10 June 1954 - August 1955
    11CAPT. Schade, Arnold Frederick USN (33) :VADMAugust 1955 - June 1956
    12CAPT. Bullen Jr., Jacob Thompson USN (34)June 1956 - August 1957
    13CAPT. Allen, Charles Vern USNJuly 1958 - May 1959
    14CAPT. Wadsworth, Victor Flemming USNMay 1959 - 1960
    16CAPT. Orser, Lynn Stanley USN (40)June 1961 - January 1963
    17CAPT. Clark, Robert William USN (39)January 1963 - 9 December 1963
    18CAPT. Felter, John Frederic USN9 December 1963 - 9 November 1964
    19CAPT. Dixon, William Chalmers USN9 November 1964 - 27 January 1955
    20CAPT. Riley, John Francis (Big John) USN (45)27 January 1966 - 24 April 1967
    21CAPT. Farmer, Roy Elden USN23 April 1967 - 4 May 1968
    22CAPT. Scott, Richard Yates USN (45)4 May 1968 - 18 November 1969
    23CAPT. Harris, William Harold (Bill) USN :RADM18 November 1960 - 10 July 1970
    24CAPT. Cort, Walter William USN (48)10 July 1970 - 13 December 1970
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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