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

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East 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 (5) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Quemoy-Matsu, Cuba, Vietnam)
Fifth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (7) - Republic of Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (7) - Philippines Liberation Medal
Sixth 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 Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later 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:

    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Advisory Campaign
    9 December 1964 - 9 January 1965
    14 to 20 February 1965
    27 February to 1 March 1965
    12 to 26 March 1965
    28 March to 20 April 1965
    4 to 14 and 24 to 29 May 1965
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 June to 20 July 1969
    7 August to 22 September 1969
    29 September to 3 October 1969
    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

  • Redesignated Amphibious Cargo Ship (LKA-108), 1 January 1969
  • Decommissioned, 16 May 1970, at San Diego, CA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 19 August 1970, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1976
  • USS Washburn earned five battle stars during the Korean War service, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with seven campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Withdrawn for stripping by the Navy, 21 March 1977
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 15 November 1979, to Apolina Ltd, Hong Kong pursuant to Trade-In Exchange Law (Public Law 95-177). Withdrawn, 20 December 1979, from the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet and delivered to representatives of Apolina Ltd. Scrapped by Lung Fha Steel Co. Ltd, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, competed , 18 February 1980
    Displacement 8,635 t.(lt) 14,200 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts
    Officers 38
    Enlisted 387
    Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40 mm AA gun mounts
    sixteen single 20 mm 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
    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 339k USS Washburn (AKA-108) 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 and
    Wolfgang Hechler
    Washburn 131k USS Washburn (AKA-108) 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) under way, 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) under way, date and location unknown.  
    Washburn 437k USS Washburn (AKA-108) under way, in January 1952, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Wolfgang Hechler
    Washburn 387k USS Washburn (AKA-108) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Mike Smolinski
    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) under way in 1968, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Washburn 371k USS Washburn (AKA-108) in bound from sea at Pearl Harbor, date unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Wolfgang Hechler
    and Mike Smolinski
    Washburn 390k USS Washburn (AKA-108) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Wolfgang Hechler
    Washburn 248k USS Washburn (AKA-108) under way in port, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    David Buell

    USS Washburn (AKA-108 / LKA-108)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Jackson, William Clarence, USNR17 May 1945 - July 1947
    02CAPT. Allen Jr., Burrell Clinton, USN (USNA 1930)July 1947 - 1948
    03CAPT. Prichard, James Alexander :RADM1950 - May 1951
    04CAPT. Foster, Edward LeeMay 1951 - September 1952
    05CAPT. Lewellen, Bafford Edward :RADMSeptember 1952 - December 1953
    06CAPT. Fuetsch, Bernhardt AloisDecember 1953 - October 1954
    07CAPT. Greer Jr., Harry HoltOctober 1954 - ?
    09CAPT. Clay, Donald Noble18 September 1956 - 5 October 1957
    10CAPT. Ward, Robert Elwin McCraner5 October 1957 - 2 December 1958
    11CAPT. Sellers Jr., Frank E.2 December 1958 - January 1960
    12CAPT. MacLean, Roderick K.January 1960 - 4 February 1961
    13CAPT. Reilly, James Dunham4 February 1961 - 25 August 1962
    14CAPT. Dunlap Jr., Ernest H.25 August 1962 - 19 October 1963
    15CAPT. Brown, Garrison, USN (USNA 1942)19 October 1963 - 23 October 1964
    16CAPT. Gibson, Robert Carey, USN (USNA 1944)23 October 1964 - June 1965
    17CAPT. Dick, John Henry, USN :RADMJune 1965 - 19 October 1966
    19CAPT. Geiger, Anson Duane, USN (USNA 1945)19 October 1966 - 17 July 1967
    20CAPT. Paddock, Richard Armitage, USN :RADM17 July 1967 - 1968
    21CAPT. Renaldi, Richard Raymond, USN1968 - 1 October 1969
    22CAPT. Sullivan, William Patrick, USN1 October 1969 - 15 May 1970
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves. Photos courtesy Bill Gonyo

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    USS Washburn (AKA-108) War Diaries May 1945 to November 1945 and History
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