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USS Fresno (LST-1182)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - India - Uniform
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon
Bottom Row - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (2) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

LST-1179 Newport Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 16 December 1967, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Corp, San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 28 September 1968
  • Commissioned USS Fresno (LST-1182), 22 November 1969, CDR. Stanislaus J. Sowinski, in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Fresno (LST-1182) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    6-February to 7 March 1971
    22 to 24 April 1971
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    1 to 8 January 1973
    22 to 27 January 1973
    5 to 15 February 1973

  • Decommissioned, 8 April 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 2008
  • USS Fresno earned two campaign stars for service during the Vietnam War
  • Final Disposition, disposed of as a target during fleet exercise, SINKEX-2014, 15 September 2014
    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
    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 8-251C Generator sets, 1200 KW
    one 800 hp variable thrust bowthruster

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    147k Launching of Fresno (LST-1182), 28 September 1968, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Corp., San Diego, CA.
    National Steel and Shipbuilding Corp. photo
    Dale Hargrave
    Fresno 79k USS Fresno (LST-1182) underway, date and location unknown.
    Photo from Varamar Arts.
    Tommy Trampp
    Fresno 93k USS Fresno (LST-1182) off the coast of South Vietnam in 1969. Photo taken from USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) by H.R. Adams CSC USN Larry Lee
    Fresno 74k USS Fresno (LST-1182) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Fresno 109k USS Fresno (LST-1182) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, February 1977
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Acadia 55k USS Acadia (AD-42) under way with USS Fresno (LST-1182), 1 November 1982, location unknown.
    US photo VIRIN: DN-SC-86-02389
    Robert Hurst
    Fresno 1709k USS Fresno (LST-1182) underway, 1 November 1983, location unknown.
    Department of Defense photo # DN-ST-86-00237, a US Navy photo now in the collections of Defense Imagery
    Robert Hurst
    Fresno 45k USS Fresno (LST-1182) moored pierside at Naval Station Adak, AK., date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, January 1987
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    303k USS Fresno (LST-1182) outbound to sea from San Diego, CA., passing Point Loma, date unknown.
    © George Barber
    Nocholas Tiberio
    278k USS Fresno (LST-1182) underway off San Diego, CA., date unknown.
    © George Barber
    Nocholas Tiberio
    Fresno 78k USS Fresno (LST-1182) at NISMF, Middle Loch, Pearl Harbor, HI., circa 2000 Jim Bidient
    Fresno 188k Ex-USS Fresno (LST-1182) being towed out of Pearl Harbor by USNS Navajo (T-ATF-169), 23 August 2014, enroute to be sunk as a target off Guam. Captain Wade Armstrong, Pearl Harbor Pilots
    Fresno 189k
    Fresno 237k USS Fresno (LST-1182) wooden plaque Tommy Trampp
    Fresno 59k USS Fresno (LST-1182) Welcome Aboard pamphlet cover. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.

    For more photos and information about USS Fresno 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
  • SINKEX-2014 video, from Sidinfo

  • Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Sowinski, Stanislaus Joseph22 November 1969 - 3 April 1970
    02LCDR. Hahn, James W.3 April 1970 - 17 April 1970
    03CDR. Dillon, Alfred John17 April 1970 - 18 September 1971
    04CDR. Matthews Jr., Paul Calvin18 September 1971 - 27 August 1973
    05CDR. Mumford Jr., Robert Evans27 August 1973 - 14 July 1975
    06CDR. Brandquist, Roland14 July 1975 - 29 June 1977
    07CDR. DePaul Jr., Anthony William29 June 1977 - 2 September 1978
    08CDR. Lucas, Robert Peter2 September 1978 - 8 October 1978
    09CDR. Schuerger, Richard Frank8 October 1978 - 25 July 1980
    10CDR. Santamaria, Donald Frank25 July 1980 - 18 June 1982
    11CDR. Barker, Michael Don18 June 1982 - 29 September 1984
    12CDR. McKinley, John Charles29 September 1984 - 11 December3 1986
    13CDR. Shepherd, Wilbur French11 December 1986 - 21 September 1989
    14CDR. Morrell, James Micheal21 September 1989 - 14 September 1991
    15CDR. King, Kendall James14 September 1991 - 19 February 1993
    16LCDR. Ramirez, Adolf Arturo19 February 1993 - 8 April 1993
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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