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USS Chimon (AKS-31)
USS Chimon (AG-150) (1949 - 1950)
USS LST-1102 (1945 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Uniform - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal
Fourth Row - Philippine Liberation Medal - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 23 November 1944, at Missouri Bridge and Iron Works Evansville IN.
  • Launched, 10 January 1945
  • Commissioned USS LST-1102, 29 January 1945, LT. J. Patterson, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-1102 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 8 to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-1102 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    22 September to 2 October 1945 
    15 October to 5 November 1945 
    13 November 1945 to 22 May 194613 November 1945 to 22 May 1946
     28 April 1946 to 9 October 1947

  • Decommissioned, 21 November 1947
  • Reclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary (AG-150), 27 January 1949
  • Named USS Chimon, 1 February 1949
  • Recommissioned, 27 December 1950 as USS Chimon (AG-150), LT. G. W. Hessemer, USNR, in command
  • Reclassified, (AKS-31), 27 December 1950
  • Decommissioned, 22 April 1958
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 2 November 1959
  • Final Disposition, sold, 2 November 1959, fate unknown
  • USS Chimon received one battle star as LST-1102 for World War II service
    LST Specifications:
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    light 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
    sea-going 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
    landing 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 LCVP
    Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
    Typical loads
    One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
    Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
    Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
    2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
    12 single 20MM gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 4,300 Bbls
    two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 230V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 1,700shp
    twin rudders

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    USS Chimon (AG-150)
    Chimon 48k USS Chimon (AG-150) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial
    Stan Svec
    USS Chimon (AKS-31)
    Chimon 263k USS Chimon (AKS-31) change of command ceremony while at anchor at Yokosuka, Japan, 27 September 1952. (LCDR Baker for LT. Hessemer). Photos by Franklin Donald "Don" Allen, SK1, USN USS Chimon (SK3)
    Chimon 244k
    Chimon 261k
    Chimon 62k USS Chimon (AKS-31) at anchor at Sasebo, Japan, circa March 1955 Photo by Don Denison

    USS LST-1102 / USS Chimon (AG-150 / USS Chimon (AKS-31)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Patterson, JamesUSNR29 January 1945 - ?USS LST-1102
     Decommissioned 21 November 1947 - 27 December 1950 
    02LT. Hessemer, G. W.USNR27 December 1950 - 27 September 1952USS Chimon (AG-150)
    03LCDR. Baker, Walter E  27 September 1952 - ?USS Chimon (AKS-31)
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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