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USS Peoria (LST-1183)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Lima - Alpha
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 (Op. Eagle Pull, Op. Frequent Wind) - *Vietnam Service Medal (2 or 3) - Southwest Asia Service Medal
Fourth Row - Humanitarian Service Medal (Eagle Pull, Frequent Wind, 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
    *Vietnam Evacuation (Operation Frequent Wind)
    29 to 30 April 1975
    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 Service Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for Operation Frequent Wind or 3 campaign stars for the Vietnam Service Medal if the Armed Forces Medal is exchanged for the 18th Vietnam campaign Operation Frequent Wind
    Displacement 5,190 t.(lt), 8,550 t.(fl)
    Length 522' 3" (ovl)
    Beam 69' 9 1/2" (max)
    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
    Aircraft 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, 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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    37k Pen and Ink drawing of USS Peoria (LST 1183).
    by © Ian Hall
    Tommy Trampp
    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
    115k USS Peoria (LST 1183) underway, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    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 276k USS Peoria (LST 1183) out bound to sea from San Diego, CA., date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret. and
    Robert Hurst
    205k USS Peoria (LST 1183) outbound to sea from San Diego, Ca., date unknown.
    ©George Barber
    Nicholas Tiberio
    149k USS Peoria (LST 1183) arrives at Naval Air Station Cubi Point, Philippines, 5 August 1991. Volcanic ash from the recent eruption of Mount Pinatubo covers much of the landscape in the background.
    U.S DefenseImagery photo #DN-ST-92-03810, a U.S. Navy photo by PH2(AW) Catherine T. Hogan, USN.
    Robert Hurst
    312k U.S. Navy station personnel clean ash from the airfield at Naval Air Station Cubi Point, Philippines, in the aftermath of Mount Pinatubo's volcanic eruption in early June. In the background, USS Peoria (LST-1183) stands at anchor in the bay, 27 November 1991.
    U.S. DefenseImagery photo # DN-SC-92-01745, A U.S. Navy photo by PH2 Andrew Heuer, USN.
    Robert Hurst
    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

    Portraits of USS Peoria (LST-1183) by Robert Smith BM3 USN, 1st Division USS Peoria 1978-1982

    "P-Boat Angel Watching Over the USS Peoria"

    "USS Peoria"

    "Peoria Rides Storm in Helix Nebula in Space"

    "Peoria in the Clouds"

    "USS Peoria Blue Sky at Night"

    "Peoria vs Neptune Rex2"

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

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

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Williams, John Thomas21 February 1970 - 10 April 1971
    02CDR. Edwards, Jerry James10 April 1971 - 25 September1972
    03CDR. Steed, Samuel25 September 1972 - 22 March 1974
    04CDR. West, Charles Thomas 22 March 1974 - 21 March 1975
    05CDR. Bishop, William Richard21 March 1975 - 18 March 1977
    06CDR. Colbert Jr., Edward William18 March 1977 - 25 February1979
    07CDR. Richardson, David Paul25 February 1979 - 10 January 1981
    08CDR. Snodgrass, Donald James10 January 1981 - 11 March 1983
    09CDR. Eacott, Richard George11 March 1983 - 8 June 1985
    10CDR. Joy II, Ernest Harriman8 June 1985 - 17 September 1987
    11CDR. Londot, Jack Lane17 September 1987 - 15 September 1989
    12CDR. Tilton, Terry Warren, USN (USNA 1973)15 September 1989 - 18 January 1992
    13CDR. Areizaga, Charles, USN (USNA 1975)18 January 1992 - 15 November 1993
    14LCDR. Rucker, William Karl, USN (USNA 1979)15 November 1993 - 28 January1994
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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