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USS Alamo (LSD-33)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Oscar - Quebec - India
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
    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
    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)
    Alamo 20k USS Alamo (LSD-33) during amphibious operations, date and location unknown. USS Cabildo(LSD-16)
    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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