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USS Peoria (LST-1183)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Lima - Alpha
NQLA
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation (2)
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (5) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Op. Eagle Pull, 1-Op. Frequent Wind) - Vietnam Service Medal (2) - Southwest Asia Service Medal
Fourth Row - Humanitarian Service Medal (1-Eagle Pull, 1-Frequent Wind, 1-Typhoon Pamela) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


LST-1179 Newport Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 24 February 1968, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Corp, San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 23 November 1968
  • Commissioned USS Peoria (LST-1183), 21 February 1970, CDR. John T. Williams in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Peoria participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    12 to 14 and 20 to 23 May 1971
    21 to 25 June 1971
    Consolidation I
    8 to 11 and 13 to 15 August 1971

  • Decommissioned, 28 January 1994
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, category C status, at Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF) Pearl Harbor, HI.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 6 November 2002
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target sunk, 12 July 2004, during RIMPAC 2004
  • USS Peoria earned two campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,190 t.(lt), 8,550 t.(fl)
    Length 522' 3" (ovl)
    Beam 69' 9 1/2" (max)
    Draft
    max forward (fl) 13' 6"
    max aft (fl) 16' 3" 15'
    Speed 27 kts. max.
    Complement
    14 Officers
    15 CPO
    226 Other Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    18 Officers
    21 SNCO
    268 Other Enlisted
    Boats
    three 36' LCVPs
    one 36' LCPL
    Aircraft flight deck one spot
    Armament
    As Built
    two twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    Upgraded
    two .25mm chain guns
    six .50 cal machine guns
    one 20mm Phalanx (CIWS)
    Propulsion
    six 16 cylinder ALCO 16-251E main propulsion Diesel engines
    two shafts, three engines per shaft, 15,000shp
    two controllable reversible pitch propellers, twin rudders
    three ALCO 8-251C Generator sets, 1200 KW
    one 800 hp variable thrust bowthruster

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    Peoria 74k USS Peoria (LST 1183) outbound to sea from San Diego Bay, date unknown.
    Photo from Varamar Arts Canvas.
    Tommy Trampp
    Peoria 84k USS Peoria (LST 1183) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, May 1970.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Peoria 30k USS Peoria (LST 1183) underway in San Diego harbor, circa 1970
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Peoria 51k USS Peoria (LST-1183), underway while passing under the Coronado Bridge at San Diego, date unknown.
    US Navy photo
     
    Peoria 78k USS Peoria (LST 1183) moored pierside at White Beach, Okinawa as BLT E 2/9 3rd Mar. Div. deploys to Okinawa, May 1973. Steven P Wesley HM3 USN 1970-74
    Peoria 767k USS Peoria (LST 1183) beached at Numazu Japan in 1973. Photo was taken from the deck of USS Frederick (LST-1184) during beaching operations. Photo by Cort Jackson
    Peoria 868k USS Peoria (LST 1183) underway in the Sibuyan Sea, circa summer 1973. Photo taken from USS Conquest (MSO-488). Photo by CDR Michael Cosgrove USN Ret. USS Conquest
    Peoria 95k USS Peoria (LST 1183) and USS Frederick (LST-1184) moored at NASSCO Shipyard, San Diego, CA., October 1984. Photo by Scott Miller
    Frederick 67k USS Peoria (LST 1183) and USS Frederick (LST-1184) moored at Pearl Harbor, HI., May 1986. Photo by Scott Miller
    Peoria 79k USS Peoria (LST 1183) underway during 1985-86 WESTPAC cruise. Note Peoria's bow thruster out of the water. Photo by Scott Miller
    Peoria 164k USS Peoria (LST 1183) moored pierside at Ship Repair Facility, Subic Bay P.I. in 1987. Photo by Scott Miller
    Peoria/Tuscaloosa 71k USS Peoria (LST 1183) out bound to sea from San Diego, CA., date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Peoria/Tuscaloosa 29k USS Peoria (LST 1183) and USS Tuscaloosa (LST 1187) moored at the Naval Inactive Ship's Maintenance Facility, Pearl Harbor, HI. June 1999. Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret


    For more photos and information about USS Peoria see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • The USS LST Ship Memorial
  • LST Homeport
  • State LST Chapters
  • United States LST Association
  • Mobile Riverine Force Association
  • Commanding Officers

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

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