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USS Boulder (LST-1190)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Lima - Zulu
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation
Command US Atlantic Fleet, Certificate of Commendation

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3)
Bottom Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2-Lebanon) - Humanitarian Service Medal (1-Guatemalan Earthquake, 2-Cuban Resettlement)

LST-1179 Newport Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 6 September 1969, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Corp, San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 22 April 1970
  • Commissioned USS Boulder (LST-1190), 4 June 1971, CDR.. B. A. Troutman, Jr., USN in command
  • Decommissioned, 28 February 1994
  • Laid up at NISMF Philadelphia, PA,, maintenance category B
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 December 2008
  • Final Disposition, On 16 March 2022 ex-Boulder (LST-1190) was removed from the Philadelphia NISMF for scrapping in Brownsville.
    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 251-C, 8 cylinder generator sets, 750KW
    one 800 hp variable thrust bowthruster

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    373k Boulder (LST-1190) at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. shipyard pier, 13, San Diego, CA., in April 1971. In the background, fitting out, are two other Landing Ship Tank, including: Fairfax County (LST-1193).
    US National Archives, Photo # USN 1147824, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Mike Green
    Boulder 490k USS Boulder (LST-1190) at Genoa, Italy, 15 October 1972. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Boulder 56k Overhead view of USS Boulder (LST-1190) underway, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    129k USS Boulder (LST-1190) following in the wake of dock landing ship USS Ponce (LPD-15), as seen from USS Coronado (LPD-11), in the Atlantic Ocean during Operation "Northern European Merger," in September-December 1975.
    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # USN 1165891
    Robert Hurst
    Denebola 70k USS Boulder (LST-1190) and USS Denebola (AF-56) maintain formation station enroute to Norfolk. The Second Fleet ships participated in national and NATO exercises in northern Europe and returned home 10 December. The year of the photograph is not given, but was probably 1975.
    Photo by PH1 M.J. Browne, USN.
    US Navy photo # NH 98412 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Boulder 76k USS Boulder (LST-1190) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, February 1976
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    129k USS Boulder (LST-1190) beached while landing vehicles, 1986.
    U.S. Navy photo from the USS Boulder (LST-1190) 1986 cruise book
    Robert Hurst
    255k USS Boulder (LST-1190) underway with the stern door open during exercise "Ocean Venture '84", 20 April 1984.
    US National Archives and Records Administration, Identifier (NAID) 6408903, (DefenseImagery photo # DN-ST-86-02281)
    Robert Hurst
    263k USS Boulder (LST-1190) anchored off the coast of Puerto Rico during exercise "Ocean Venture '88", 30 March 1988.
    US National Archives and Records Administration, Identifier (NAID) 6449218 (DefenseImagery photo # DM-57-90-10206)
    Robert Hurst
    Boulder 229k USS Boulder (LST-1190) under way in the roadstead, Hampton Roads, Norfolk, VA., 1 August 1990.
    US Navy photo # DN-SN-93-03404
    Robert Hurst
    Boulder 43k USS Boulder (LST-1190) moored pierside at NAB Little Creek, VA. in summer 1992 Photo by Adam Robison
    Boulder 61k USS Boulder (LST-1190) under way possibly in Canadian waters, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photos.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Boulder 70k
    Boulder 93k USS Boulder (LST-1190) under way off Long Beach, CA., date unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    613k Boulder (LST-1190) outbound to sea passing over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, date unknown.
    ©Nobe Smith.
    Nicholas Tiberio
    281k Boulder (LST-1190) outbound to sea exiting Chesapeake Bay at Norfolk, VA., date unknown.
    ©Nobe Smith.
    Nicholas Tiberio
    188k Ex-USS Newport (LST-1179)
    Ex-USS Manitowoc (LST-1180)
    Ex-USS Sumter (LST-1181)
    Ex-USS Boulder (LST-1190) and
    Ex-USS El Paso (LKA-117)‎,
    Ex-USS Charleston (LKA-113), laid up in reserve in the Norfolk Naval Ship, 8 October 1994.
    U.S. DefenseImagery photo # DN-SC-95-01401 a U.S. Navy photo by Don S. Montgomery
    Robert Hurst
    San Diego 91k Ex-USNS San Diego (T-AFS-6), ex-USS Boulder (LST-1190) and ex-USS Kidd (DDG-993) moored at the Preble Wharf at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in November 1999. Photo from "Warship Boneyards" by Kit and Carolyn Bonner, authors collection. Robert Hurst
    183k Ex-USS Boulder (LST-1190) Ex-USS Mobile (LKA-115)‎, Ex-USS Charleston (LKA-113) and Ex-USS El Paso (LKA-117) laid up in reserve at the Philadelphia Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, PA., 21 October 2017.
    Photo courtesy of Chuck Homler
    Robert Hurst
    98k Ex-USS Boulder (LST-1190) moored in the Reserve Fleet at the disestablished Philadelphia Navy Yard, 16 February 2019.
    Photo courtesy of Charles Homler d/b/a FocusOnWildlife
    Robert Hurst

    For more photos and information about USS Boulder, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Welcome Aboard pamphlet, circa 1984-86
  • The USS LST Ship Memorial
  • LST Home Port
  • State LST Chapters
  • United States LST Association

  • Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Troutman Jr., Burl Abraham4 June 1971 - 23 September 1972
    02CDR. Jerns, Robert Lee23 September 1972 - 12 July 1974
    03CDR. Maher, Daniel Richard12 July 1974 - 15 July 1976
    04CDR. Hinchy, Frank Thomas 15 July 1976 - 27 June 1978
    05CDR. Efird, William Alexander27 June 1978 - 7 June 1980
    06CDR. Murray, Michael Arthur, USN (USNA 1964)7 June 1980 - 28 May 1982
    07CDR. Cablk, Steven Richard, USN28 May 1982 - 18 February 1984
    08CDR. Powers, Robert Lawrence, USN (USNA 1964)18 February 1984 - 18 April 1984
    09CDR. McKenna, Nicholas Vincent18 April 1984 - 28 June 1986
    10CDR. Kreft, Robert John28 June 1986 - 28 July 1988
    11CDR. Schalk, John Edeard28 July 1988 - 28 September 1988
    12CDR. Ertel, Gregory William, USN (USNA 1970)28 September 1988 - 13 October 1990
    13CDR. Marvin, George Rowe13 October 1990 - 30 July 1992
    14CDR. Tjepkema, Russell Peter30 July 1992 - 28 February 1994
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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