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Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal
|Campaigns and Dates||Campaigns and Dates|
| Vietnam Advisory Campaign
24 April to 3 May 1963
28 August to 12 September 1963
27 December 1964 to 31 January 1965
9 to 28 February 1965
9 to 14 March 1965
16 to 23 April 1965
1 to 10 May 1965
18 to 21 May 1965
25 to 26 May 1965
| Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
25 to 28 August 1969
11 September to 25 October 1969
| Vietnam Defense
23 to 26 August 1965
14 to 17 September 1965
| Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
15 to 25 November 1969
7 to 15 and 29 December 1969
1 to 9 January 1970
9 to 11 February 1970
9 to 11 March 1970
| Vietnamese Counteroffensive
4 to 7 and 22 to 28 February 1966
13 to 16 March 1966
| Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase VII
30 April to 4 May 1971
12 to 14 and 20 to 23 May 1971
12 to 18, 20 to 22 and 25 to 26 June 1971
| Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase II
13 to 31 August 1966
13 to 28 September 1966
6 October to 11 November 1966
1 to 13 January 1967
13 February to 4 March 1967
| Consolidation I
15 to 17 and 21 to 22 July 1971
13 to 15 August 1971
5 to 7 September 1971
10 September to 13 October 1971
| Tet Counteroffensive
12 March to 1 April 1968
| Vietnam Ceasefire
29 to 30 June 1972
| Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
2 to 16-April 1968
27 April to 17 June 1968
|*Vietnam Evacuation (Operation Frequent Wind)
29 to 30 April 1975
| Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
6 July to 21 August 1968
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|114k||USS Thomaston (LSD-28) circa 1955-56. During this period Thomaston took part in the Arctic Resupply Project of provisioning stations on the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line and cold weather amphibious landing exercises in the Aleutians in November 1955 and in January and February 1956.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine December 1956 issue
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.|
|245k||USS Thomaston (LSD-28) under way, circa 1955, location unknown
US Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1956-57".
|404k||USS Thomaston (LSD-28) departing Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 2 December 1956.
File name: LSD 28 32405-12-56, Navy Photo, 12/2/56
|176k||USS Thomaston (LSD-28) out bound to sea passing under the Golden Gate Bridge at San Francisco, Tiburon, Marin County in the background, date unknown.||Nicholas Tiberio|
|62k||USS Thomaston (LSD-28) departing San Diego, June 1957 for amphibious landing exercises at Camp Pendelton, CA.||Photo by Dale Haskin|
|66k||USS Thomaston (LSD-28) and USS Stone County (LST-1141 at anchor in Subic Bay, P.I. with other fleet units, circa 1957.||Photo by Donald J. Wagner SM3, USN USS Gunston Hall|
|63k||USS Thomaston (LSD-28) departing San Diego Harbor
US Navy photo
|218k||USS Thomaston (LSD-28) underway off San Diego, CA. date unknown.
|40k||USS Thomaston (LSD-28) being refueled by USS Ashtabula (AO-51), circa January-February 1963, Pacific Ocean||Ron Reeves|
|94k||U.S. Navy 7th Fleet Amphibious Ready Group underway in March 1965. The ships are (l-r):
USS Bexar (APA-237),
USS Princeton (LPH-5),
USS Thomaston (LSD-28), and
USS O'Bannon (DD-450). Sikorsky UH-34D Seahorse helicopters of
Medium Helicopter Transport Squadron (HMM-365) fly above the ships while Princetonīs crew spells out the groups' designations
"TG 76.5/79.5" on the flight deck.
US Navy photo from "US Marines in Vietnam: The Landing and the Buildup 1965 Part 6, p. 195."
|320k||During Operation Deckhouse V the three ships of a 20-knot "amphibious ready group" steam toward the objective site, 4 January 1967. Ships
from front to back are;
USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2), USS Thomaston (LSD-28), and USS Vancouver (LPD-2).
US National Archives Catalog #: USN 1119682, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|89k||USS Thomaston (LSD-28) at anchor in the background at right with USS Valley Forge (LPH-8) in the foreground. Valley Forge has Marine Corps CH-46 helicopters embarked, probably during operations off South Vietnam, circa 1968. Photo was received by "All Hands" magazine on 30 July 1968.
US Navy photo # NH 96947 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
|Robert M. Cieri|
|55k||Overhead view of USS Thomaston (LSD-28) under way in 1968, location unknown.
US Navy photo by PH2 Henry Greer.
|87k||USS Vega (AF-59) replenishes
USS Tripoli (LPH-10) and USS Thomaston (LSD-28) off the coast of Vietnam,
US Navy photo.
|152k||LCU-1476 back loading Third Battalion/Third Marines to USS Vancouver (LPD-2) from USS Thomaston (LSD-28) at Subic Bay, date unknown.||Jerry Patterson ENCS USN Ret LCU-1624|
|330k||USS Thomaston (LSD-28) approaching USS Vega (AF-59) for refueling/replenishment while underway in the Gulf of Siam during Operation Eagle Pull in March 1975. Thomaston was operating with TG 76.4. CTG was USS Okinawa (LPH-3), the ship in the background.||Photo by Richard Spring, CMDCM(SW/AW) USN Ret.|
|79k||USS Thomaston (LSD-28) off San Diego in 1982
US Navy photo
|Robert G Jarshaw QM2 USN USS Thomaston 1982-1984|
|138k||USS Thomaston (LSD-28) under way, date and location unknown.||Tommy Trampp|
|678k||USS Thomaston (LSD-28) at anchor in 1983, location unknown.||Wolfgang Hechler|
|206k||USS Thomaston (LSD-28) underway off San Diego, CA. date unknown.
|178k||USS Thomaston (LSD-28) underway off San Diego, CA. date unknown.
|253k||USS Thomaston (LSD-28) outbound to sea passing Point Loma while exiting San Diego Bay, date unknown.
|414k||USS Thomaston (LSD-28) Ship's plaque.||Tommy Trampp|
|279k||Ex-USS Thomaston (LSD-28) laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., in 2006.||Ron Reeves|
|01||CAPT. Ramirez De Arellano, Marion Fredrick||17 September 1954 - 16 June 1955|
|02||CAPT. Houston, Robert Cecil||16 June 1955 - 27 April 1956|
|03||CAPT. Winne, George Morris||27 April 1956 - 22 February 1958|
|04||CAPT. Callahan Jr., Cornelius Patrick||22 February 1958 - 24 July 1959|
|05||CAPT. Jarvis, Benjamin Campbell||24 July 1959 - 18 June 1960|
|06||CAPT. Nichols, Keith Griffen||18 June 1960 - 22 July 1961|
|07||CAPT. Forrest, Blake Samuel||22 July 1961 - 14 August 1962|
|08||CAPT. Anderson, Clyde Bertram||14 August 1962 - 8 September 1963|
|09||CAPT. Koenigsberger Jr., Charles||8 September 1963 - April 1964|
|10||CDR. Wilson, Phillip Anthony, USN (temporary)||April 1964 - 19 October 1964|
|11||CAPT. Dye, Philip G.||19 October 1964 - 18 October 1965|
|12||CAPT. Stephens Jr., Franklin Taylor, USN||18 October 1965 - 2 November 1966|
|13||CAPT. O'Neill, John W.||02 November 1966 - 29 March 1968|
|14||CAPT. Tierney, John Mark :RADM||29 March 1968 - 17 May 1969|
|15||CAPT. Thomson Jr., Robert Gemmel||17 May 1969 - 18 June 1970|
|16||CAPT. Tissot Jr., Ernest Eugene (Gene) :RADM||18 June 1970 - 23 April 1971|
|17||CAPT. Hodge, Alan G.||23 April 1971 - 5 January 1973|
|18||CAPT. Shinn, Robert Allen||5 January 1973 - 17 August 1974|
|19||CAPT. Carson, William Grant||17 August 1974 - 24 July 1976|
|20||CDR. Bonham, Charles Leonard||24 July 1976 - 20 May 1978|
|21||CDR. LaPlante, John Baptiste :VADM||20 May 1978 - 6 June 1980|
|22||CAPT. Wallis, Walter James||6 June 1980 - 04 October 1982|
|23||CDR. Chrisman, Willard George||04 October 1982 - 21 June 1984|
|24||CAPT. Kelly, John Patrick, USN (USNA 1962)||21 June 1984 - 28 September 1984|
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