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

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Charlie - India
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 (2-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 and ferried to her conversion yard at Charleston, S.C.
  • 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:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    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
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    7 to 12 September 1968
    30 to 31 October 1968

  • 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
  • Final Disposition, sold for (non-transportation use) scrapping by MARAD, 16 November 1977, to American Ship Dismantlers, Inc.
  • USS Seminole received six battle stars Korean War service and seven campaign stars Vietnam War service
    Displacement 8,635 t.(lt) 14,160 t.(lim)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Officers 35
    Enlisted 387
    Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    sixteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    fourteen LCVPs
    eight LCMs
    Cargo Capacity 5,275 DWT
    non-refrigerated 380,000 Cu ft
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 10,425 bbls
    Diesel 805 Bbls
    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
    Seminole 95k USS Seminole (AKA-104) at anchor after a refit at San Francisco, 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 from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    Seminole 52k
    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
  • MARAD Vessel History Data Base
  • Commanding Officers

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

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