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USS Vermilion (LKA-107)
USS Vermilion (AKA-107) (1944 - 1969)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba]
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Lebanon, Cuba, Dominican Republic]

Tolland Class Amphibious Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 17 October 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ3), hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1700), at North Carolina Shipbuilding and Drydock, Wilmington, N.C.
  • Launched, 12 December 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, and converted for Naval service at Todd Shipyard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Commissioned USS Vermilion (AKA-107), 23 June 1945, at Brooklyn, N.Y., CAPT. F. B. Eggers in command
  • During World War II USS Vermilion was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • USS Vermilion was assigned to Occupation service in Europe from 1 March to 1 May 1948
  • Decommissioned, 26 August 1949, at Orange, TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
  • Recommissioned, 16 October 1950, at Orange, TX.
  • Redesignated (LKA-107), 1 January 1969
  • Decommissioned, 13 April 1971, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 January 1977
  • Custody transferred, 19 February 1988, to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  • Final Disposition, sunk 40 miles off the coast of Georgetown S.C. as part of a barrier reef 24 August 1988
    Displacement 8,635 t.(lt) 14,160 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Officers 38
    Enlisted 387
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    sixteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    fourteen LCVP
    eight LCM
    Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
    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
    two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    one propeller, 6,000shp

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    Vermilion 84k USS Vermilion (AKA-107) under way, date and location unknown.  
    Vermilion 310k USS Vermilion (AKA-107) at New York, date unknown.  
    Vermilion 208k USS Vermilion (AKA-107)'s LSM-1 loaded with troops, circa 1947. Bill West USS Cambria
    Vermilion 55k USS Vermilion (AKA-107) under way, date and location unknown. Russ Padden
    Vermilion 52k USS Vermilion (AKA-107) under way, date and location unknown. Russ Padden
    Vermilion 57k USS Vermilion (AKA-107) under way, date and location unknown. Russ Padden
    Vermilion 798k USS Vermilion (AKA-107) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    David Buell in honor of his father CWO4 Benton E. Buell, USN (Ret) USS Washburn
    Vermilion 916k USS Vermilion (AKA-107) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    David Buell in honor of his father CWO4 Benton E. Buell, USN (Ret) USS Washburn
    Vermilion 19k USS Vermilion (AKA-107) at anchor off Vieques, while conducting amphibious training, date unknown.
    US Navy photo 80-G-445319
    Robert Hurst
    Vermilion 78k USS Vermilion (AKA-107) under way in 1963, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Vermilion 119k USS Vermilion (AKA-107) under way, 15 July 1963, location unknown.
    US Navy photo KN 9103, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Vermilion 74k USS Vermilion (AKA-107) off Norfolk, VA., August 1964 © Richard Leonhardt
    Vermilion 87k USS Vermilion (AKA-107) at NOB Norfolk, VA., August 1964. Also in this photo is a partial view of USS Rankin (AKA-103). © Richard Leonhardt
    Vermilion 87k USS Vermilion (AKA-107) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.

    For more photos and information about USS Vermilion, see:
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • Postal Covers related to the ship

  • Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Eggers, Fremont Baldwin23 June 1945 - June 1947
    02CAPT. Tolley, Kemp :RADMJune 1947 - September 1948
    03CAPT. McCorkle, Francis Douglas :RADMSeptember 1948 - October 1948
    04CAPT. Glick, John AlbertOctober 1948 - May 1949
    05CAPT. Jones, Wesley FrancisMay 1949 - August 1949
    06LT. Thompson, RoyAugust 1949 - 26 August 1949
     Decommissioned26 August 1949 - 16 October 1950
    07CAPT. Jackson Jr., Alexander :RADM16 October 1950 - November 1951
    08CAPT. Addison, Edward SpencerNovember 1951 - December 1952
    09CAPT. Kirk, Oliver GraftonDecember 1952 - 15 February 1954
    10CAPT. Lay, James Thomas15 February 1954 - January 1955
    11CAPT. Fuller, Harold DouglasJanuary 1955 - February 1956
    12CAPT. Cheatham, Benjamin BallardFebruary 1956 - April 1957
    13CAPT. Lefelar Jr., LouisApril 1957 - May 1958
    14CAPT. Murray, Hugh QuinnMay 1958 - August 1959
    15CAPT. Schneider Jr., Frederick Henry :VADMAugust 1959 - August 1960
    16CAPT. Patriarca, Frank AnthonyAugust 1960 - November 1961
    17CAPT. Vannoy, Frank Wilson :VADMNovember 1961 - 15 January 1963
    18CAPT. Davol Jr., Charles Dean15 January 1963 - April 1964
    19CAPT. McWethy, Robert Devore USN :RADMApril 1964 - April 1965
    20CAPT. Bagby, Henry Lawton, USN (USNA 1945)April 1965 - April 1966
    21CAPT. Smith, Lawrence NedApril 1966 - March 1967
    22CAPT. Davidson, Edward AlbertMarch 1967 - October 1968
    23CAPT. McLaughlin Jr., William Henry :RADMOctober 1968 - September 1969
    24CAPT. Turk, Carl FrankSeptember 1969 - October 1970
    25CAPT. Larsen, Norman EarlOctober 1970 - January 1971
    26LCDR. Leisentritt III, Frederick C.January 1971 - 13 April 1971
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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