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USS Racine (LST-1191)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Iran/Indian Ocean)
Bottom Row - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (1) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)

LST-1179 Newport Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 13 December 1969, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Corp, San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 15 August 1970
  • Commissioned USS Racine (LST-1191), 9 July 1971, CDR. Daniel W. Anderson USN in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Racine (LST-1191) participated in the following campaign:

    Vietnam War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    11 to 13 November 1972
    19 to 23 November 1972
    5 to 15 February 1973

  • Decommissioned, 2 October 1993
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet in category B status at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF) Pearl Harbor, HI.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 December 2009
  • USS Racine earned one battle star for Vietnam War service
  • Final Disposition, sunk during a sinkex as part of RIMPAC 2018, 12 July 2018
    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.
    14 Officers
    15 CPO
    226 Other Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    18 Officers
    21 SNCO
    268 Other Enlisted
    three 36' LCVPs
    one 36' LCPL
    flight deck one spot
    Armament As Built
    two twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    two 25mm chain guns
    six .50 cal machine guns
    one 20mm Phalanx (CIWS)
    six 16 cylinder ALCO 16-251E main propulsion diesel engines
    two shafts, three engines per shaft, shaft horsepower 15,000
    two controllable reversible pitch propellers, twin rudders
    three ALCO 251-C, 8 cylinder generator sets, 750KW
    one 800 hp variable thrust bowthruster

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    Racine 134k Racine (LST-1191), newly completed, at her builders, 14 June 1971. Note the raised stern ramp and the kedge anchor, with its winch, used to help the ship retract after beaching - a common LST feature. Barely visible near the port uptakes is the after opening of the tunnel through her superstructure.
    US Navy photo and text from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    Racine 68k USS Racine (LST-1191) underway, date and location unknown. Bill McMillian
    Racine 86k USS Racine (LST-1191) underway, starboard view, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret. and Dan Decker USS Racine 1976-78
    Racine 79k USS Racine (LST-1191) with USS Hercules (PHM-2) alongside at Acapulco, Mexico.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, October 1983
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Gemini 166k USS Racine (LST 1191), USS Gemini (PHM-6) and USS Hercules (PHM 2) at Acapulco, Mexico
    US Navy photo from the October 1983 edition of All Hands magazine.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Racine 1364k USS Racine (LST-1191) underway, 1 January 1987, location unknown.
    Department of Defense photo # DN-SC-05-06667, a US Navy photo now in the collections of Defense Imagery.
    Robert Hurst
    Racine 83k USS Racine (LST-1191) at Honiara, Guadalcanal.
    US Navy photo by PHC Carolyn Harris USN, Fleet Imaging Center, Pacific), from All Hands" magazine, June 1993
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Racine 235k USS Racine (LST-1191) moored pierside at Vancouver, Canada in 1985.
    Photo Rick Garcia.
    Chris Howell, Southland Ship Stores Limited, Port of Bluff, N.Z.
    Racine 95k USS Racine (LST-1191) underway circa 1992-93 with her bow into the waves. Racine was enroute from Long Beach, CA. to Pearl Harbor, HI. The ship took 21 degree rolls approximately 200-300 miles outside of Pearl Harbor.
    US Navy photo from All Hands" magazine, October 1993
    Photo - Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Caption - Kevin Stiffermann USS Racine
    598k USS Racine (LST-1191) underway, date and location unknown. Nicholas Tiberio
    Racine 225k Ex-USS Racine (LST-1191) moored at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF) Pearl Harbor, HI., 4 October 2015. Photo by Barry Gerrard
    167k U.S. Navy ships laid up in reserve in Middle Loch, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as of 1 July 2016. Identifiable ships are (front to back):

    Amphibious Assault Ship USS Peleliu (LHA-5),
    Guided Missile Frigate USS McClusky (FFG-41),
    Guided Missile Frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG-48),
    Amphibious Assault Ship USS Tarawa (LHA-1),
    Guided Missile Frigate USS Crommelin (FFG-37),
    Guided Missile Frigate USS Curts (FFG-38),
    Guided Missile Frigate USS Thach (FFG-43),
    Guided Missile Frigate USS Rentz (FFG-46),
    Landing Ship Tank USS Racine (LST-1191),
    Dock Landing Ship USS Cleveland (LPD-7),
    Dock Landing Ship USS Denver (LPD-9),
    Dock Landing Ship USS Juneau (LPD-10);
    Amphibious Cargo Ship USS Durham (LKA-114) and
    Amphibious Cargo Ship USS St. Louis (LKA-116).
    US Navy photo # 160701-N-SI773-264 Pearl Harbor, July 16, 2001 by MC1 Ace Rheaume, USN.
    Robert Hurst

    For more photos and information about USS Racine, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • The USS LST Ship Memorial
  • LST Home Port
  • State LST Chapters
  • United States LST Association

  • Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Anderson, Daniel Warren, USN9 July 1971 - 2 February 1973
    02CDR. Bauschka, Patrick Francis, USN2 February 1973 - 8 September 1974
    03CDR. Lockwood Jr., Robert Kenneth, USN8 September 1974 - 18 September 1976
    04CDR. Blackmon, Thomas Lester, USN18 September 1976 - 4 January 1979
    05CDR. O'Keefe, Cornellius Francis, USN4 January 1979 - 12 February 1981
    06CDR. Bailey, Eugene Ridgeway, USN12 February 1981 - 26 March 1983
    07CDR. Chambers, Robert Michael, USN26 March 1983 - 13 January 1985
    08CDR. Shellenberger, Wilmont, Nelson (Wil), USN13 January 1985 - 27 September 1985
    09CDR. Quinn, James Joseph, USN (USNA 1974) :RADM27 September 1985 - 13 November 1985
    10CDR. Slebos, Christian Gerard, USN (USNA 1968)13 November 1985 - 13 May 1987
    11CAPT. Montgomery, David James, USN 13 May 1987 - 6 November 1987
    12CDR. Hall, Edward Cabot, USN6 November 1987 - 8 December 1989
    13CDR. Covert, Harold Duane, USN8 December 1989 - 8 November 1991
    14CDR. James, Robert Boe, USN (USNA 1972)8 November 1991 - 30 July 1993
    15LCDR. Valerio, Bienviendo, USN30 July 1993 - 2 October 1993
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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