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

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Delta - India
NEDI
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 - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Lebanon, 1-Cuba, 1-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, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 January 1977
  • Final Disposition, sunk 40 miles off the coast of Myrtle Beach S.C. as part of a barrier reef in 1988
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,635 t.(lt) 14,160 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 38
    Enlisted 387
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    sixteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Boats
    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
    Propulsion
    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), date and location unknown.  
    Vermilion 310k USS Vermilion (AKA-107) at New York, date unknown.  
    Vermilion 208k USS Vermilion (AKA-107)'s LCVP-1 loaded with troops, circa 1947. Bill West USS Cambria
    Vermilion 55k USS Vermilion (AKA-107) underway, date and location unknown. Russ Padden
    Vermilion 52k USS Vermilion (AKA-107) underway, date and location unknown. Russ Padden
    Vermilion 57k USS Vermilion (AKA-107) underway, date and location unknown. Russ Padden
    Vermilion 798k USS Vermilion (AKA-107) underway, 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) underway, 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 74k USS Vermilion (AKA-107), Norfolk, VA., August 1964 © Richard Leonhardt
    Vermilion 87k USS Vermilion (AKA-107), Norfolk, VA., August 1964. Also in this photo is a partial view of USS Rankin (AKA-103). © Richard Leonhardt


    For more photos and information about USS Vermilion, see:
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Commanding Officers

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

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