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USS Alamo (LSD-33)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Oscar - Quebec - India
NOQI
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (26 March - 7 April 1966) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - Navy Expeditionary Medal (2-Iran/Indian Ocean) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2-Taiwan Straits, 5-Quemoy-Matsu, 5-Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (11) - Humanitarian Service Medal (2-Eniwetok Cleanup)
Fourth Row - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (9) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal



USS Alamo (LSD-33) was transferred to Brazil and renamed Rio de Janeiro (G-31)
Thomaston Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Launched, 20 January 1956, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS.
  • Commissioned USS Alamo (LSD-33), 24 August 1956, CAPT. James L. Semmes in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Alamo participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    4 to 7 July 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    21 to 22 February 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    23 March to 8 April 1966
    20 April to 9 May 1966
    9 to 30 June 1966
    Tet/69 Counteroffensive
    23 February 1969
    3 March to 19 April 1969
    2 May to 8 June 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    1 to 3 July 1966
    14 July to 2 August 1966
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 to 13 June 1969
    15 July to 13 August 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    30 October to 1 November 1967
    18 November to 3 December 1967
    18 December 1967 to 29 January 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    22 to 25 August 1970
    10 to 14 October 1970
    19 to 26 November 1970
    28 December 1970
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 19 February 1968
    3 to 15 March 1968
    26 March to 1 April 1968
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    23 to 28 April 1972
    1 to 3 May 1972
    22 May to 18 June 1972
    30 June to 14 July 1972
    23 July 1972
    23 August to 8 October 1972
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 April to 19 May 1968
     

  • Decommissioned, 12 November 1990
  • Loaned to Brazil 12 November 1990, renamed Rio de Janeiro (G-31)
  • Struck from the Naval Register and sold to Brazil, 24 January 2001
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,899 t.(lt), 11,525 t(fl)
    Length 510'
    Beam 84'
    Draft 19'
    Speed 21 kts.
    Complement 304
    Troop Accommodations 300
    Armament (as built)
    eight twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    six twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Boat Capacity (Well Deck) 21 LCM(6)s
    Aircraft up 8 helicopters
    Propulsion
    two steam turbines
    two propellers, 23,000shp

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    USS Alamo (LSD-33)
    Alamo 127k USS Alamo (LSD-33) moored at Naval Base Subic Bay, circa 1964-66. Photo by LTjg. Larry Irwin, USS Floyd County (LST-762)
    Alamo 127k USS Alamo (LSD-33) underway, date and Location unknown. Jerry Hays
    Alamo 105k USS Alamo (LSD-33) underway, date and location unknown. Jerry Hays
    Alamo 103k USS Alamo (LSD-33) underway, date and location unknown. .
    Alamo 25k USS Alamo (LSD-33) during amphibious operations, date and location unknown. USS Cabildo(LSD-16)
    Association
    Alamo 20k USS Alamo (LSD-33) during amphibious operations, date and location unknown. USS Cabildo(LSD-16)
    Association
    Alamo 59k USS Alamo (LSD-33) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Alamo 111k USS Alamo (LSD-33) underway, date and location unknown. Bob Behm
    Alamo 30k USS Alamo (LSD-33) underway, date and location unknown. Bob Behm
    Rio de Janeiro (G-31)
    Alamo 69k Ex-USS Alamo (LSD-33) underway while in Brazilian service as Rio de Janeiro (G-31), date and location unknown. Robert Hurst


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

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

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