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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 (Iran/Indian Ocean) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Taiwan Straits, Quemoy-Matsu, Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (11) - Humanitarian Service Medal (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:

    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Advisory Campaign
    5 August to 29 September 1964 >br>8 to 14 October 1964
    28 October to 9 November 1964
    19 to 20 November 1964
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 April to 19 May 1968
    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

  • Decommissioned, 12 November 1990
  • USS Alamo earned the Armed Forces Service Expeditionary Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal (with 11 campaign stars) for Vietnam War Service
  • 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 20 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 18
    Enlisted 330
    Troop Accommodations 325
    Armament (as built)
    four twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm gun mounts
    six twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Boat Capacity (Well Deck)
    three LCUs or nine LCM-8's or fifty AAV's/LVTP-7's amphibious tractors
    Aircraft Capacity up to 8 helicopters
    Propulsion
    two D-type boilers, 600psi.
    two steam turbines
    two propellers, 24,000shp

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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) under way, date and Location unknown. Jerry Hays
    Alamo 105k USS Alamo (LSD-33) under way, date and location unknown. Jerry Hays
    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) under way, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Alamo 111k USS Alamo (LSD-33) under way, date and location unknown. Bob Behm
    Alamo 30k USS Alamo (LSD-33) underway, date and location unknown. Bob Behm
    Alamo 85k USS Alamo (LSD-33) under way, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Alamo 85k USS Alamo (LSD-33) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Rio de Janeiro (G-31)
    Alamo 69k Ex-USS Alamo (LSD-33) under way 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 (DANFS)
  • USS Alamo

  • Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Semmes, James Lardner24 August 1956 - 17 August 1957
    02CAPT. Yates, Edgar L.17 August 1957 - 24 September 1958
    03CAPT. Fox, Cyril24 September 1958 - 7 October 1959
    04CAPT. Loustaunau, Paul Emil7 October 1959 - 7 October 1960
    05CAPT. McKee, James R.7 October 1960 - 17 March 1962
    06CAPT. Turner, Thomas Andrew17 March 1962 - 14 June 1963
    07CAPT. Burley, Albert Charles14 June 1963 - 1 June 1964
    08CAPT. Lee, Kent Liston :VADM1 June 1964 - 7 May 1965
    09CAPT. Taylor, James Thomas7 May 1965 - 2 April 1966
    10CAPT. Johnson, Silas R.2 April 1966 - 24 July 1967
    11CAPT. Adams, Robert Edgar24 July 1967 - 12 November 1968
    12CAPT. Harris Jr., William Lawrence :RADM12 November 1968 - 6 May 1970
    13CAPT. Black, Charles Hamlin6 May 1970 - 30 June 1971
    14CDR. Schoeckert, Robert D.30 June 1971 - 21 November 1972
    15CDR. Schnitzer, Lawrence Edward21 November 1972 - 10 July 1974
    16CAPT. Kucera, Ronald Cornell10 July 1974 - 30 June 1976
    17CDR. Lyons, F. M.30 June 1976 - 30 June 1978
    18CDR. Cagle, Lonnie F.30 June 1978 - 10 June 1980
    19CDR. Picotte, Leonard Francis (Len) :RADM10 June 1980 - 28 May 1982
    20CDR. Wall, James H.28 May 1982 - 16 August 1984
    21CDR. Berg, Ronald Vincent16 August 1984 - 27 February 1987
    22CAPT. Jurcheck, John C.27 February 1987 - 21 July 1989
    23CDR. Rauch, Dale A.21 July 1989 - 28 September 1990
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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