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USS Washburn (LKA-108)
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USS Washburn (AKA-108) (1945 - 1969)

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





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic- Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (5) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Quemoy-Matsu, 1-Cuba, 8-Vietnam)
Fourth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (7) - Republic of Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (7) - Philippines Liberation Medal
Fifth Row - United Nation Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Tolland Class Attack Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 24 October 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1701), at North Carolina Shipbuilding, Wilmington, N.C.
  • Launched, 18 December 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 30 December 1944 from the Maritime Commission, and towed or ferried to her conversion yard at Hoboken, N.J.
  • Commissioned USS Washburn (AKA-108), 17 May 1945, at Todd-Hoboken Shipyard, Hoboken, N.J., CDR. W. C. Jackson, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Washburn (AKA-108) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • After World War II USS Washburn was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East and China service for the following periods;

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    28 October to 18 November 194521 March to 6 April 1946
    20 December 1948 to 2 January 194915 to 26 January 1946
     27 July to 3 August 1951
     14 to 29 November 1951
     6 to 15 February 1955

  • During the Korean War USS Washburn (AKA-108) participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    8 October to 2 November 1950
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    23 July to 6 August 1951
    28 to 31 August 1951
    5 to 12 September 1951
    3 to 4 October 1951
    Communist China Aggression
    3 to 16 November 1950
    Korea, Summer-Fall 1953
    1 to 11 June 1953
    4 July 1953
    11 to 12 July 1953
    18 to 24 July 1953
    27 July 1953
    Inchon Landing
    15 to 17 September 1950
     

  • During the Vietnam War USS Washburn (AKA-108 / LKA-108) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Defense Campaign
    30 August to 1 September 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    22 April to 3 May 1968
    11 May to 17 June 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    18 to 30 September 1966
    9 to 13 October 1966
    11 to 14 November 1966
    10 to 18 December 1966
    26 December 1966 to 21 January 1967
    4 February to 10 February 1967
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    6 July to 1 August 1968
    Tet Counteroffensive
    28 February to 2 April 1968
    Tet 69/Counteroffensive
    28 to 31 May 1969 8 June 1969
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 June to 20 July 1969
    7 August to 22 September 1969
    29 September to 3 October 1969
     

  • Redesignated Amphibious Cargo Ship (LKA-108), 1 January 1969
  • Decommissioned, 16 May 1970, at San Diego, CA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1976
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1980
  • USS Washburn earned five battle stars during the Korean War and seven campaign stars for Vietnam War
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,635 t.(lt) 14,200 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts
    Complement
    Officers 38
    Enlisted 387
    Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40 mm AA gun mounts
    sixteen single 20 mm 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
    two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
    three 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    one propeller, 6,000shp

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    Washburn 90k USS Washburn (AKA-108) underway near New York Navy Yard. Photo date, 17 May 1945, date of commissioning. David Buell for his father CWO4 Benton E. Buell, USN Ret. USS Washburn
    Washburn 131k USS Washburn (AKA-108) underway off San Clemente Island, CA. during amphibious operations, as the crew was going to General Quarters, September 1946. David Buell for his father CWO4 Benton E. Buell, USN Ret. USS Washburn
    Washburn 1657k USS Washburn (AKA-108) at San Diego, 16 April 1949, crew photo in three panels. Benton E. Buell MMC, bottom row far right third panel. David Buell for his father CWO4 Benton E. Buell, USN Ret. USS Washburn
    Washburn 1273k
    Washburn 1668k
    Washburn 252k Mare Island Naval Shipyard model of USS Washburn (AKA-108) photographed 26 August 1949.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 4340-8-49.
    David Buell for his father CWO4 Benton E. Buell, USN Ret. USS Washburn
    Washburn 362k USS Washburn (AKA-108) underway, circa 1950, location unknown.
    US Navy photo via US Naval Institute.
    David Buell for his father CWO4 Benton E. Buell, USN Ret. USS Washburn
    Washburn 80k USS Washburn (AKA-108) underway, date and location unknown.  
    Washburn 1074k USS Washburn (AKA-108) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    USN photo via the US Naval Institute.
    David Buell for his father CWO4 Benton E. Buell, USN Ret. USS Washburn
    Washburn 44k USS Washburn (AKA-108) departing San Diego June 1957 for amphibious landing exercises at Camp Pendelton, CA.
    US Navy photo
    Dale Haskin
    Washburn 70k USS Washburn (AKA-108) departing San Diego, CA., date unknown. Russ Padden
    Washburn 45k USS Washburn (AKA-108) underway in 1968, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst


    For more photos and information about USS Washburn, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • Commanding Officers

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

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