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USAV LT. Col. John U.D. Page

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Self-propelled Beach Discharge Lighter :
  • Laid down, 7 December 1956, for the US Army at National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 28 September 1957
  • Delivered, 28 November 1958, to the US Army Quartermaster Corps
  • Allocated to the US Army Transportation Corps, commissioned, USAV LT. Col. John U. D. Page
  • LT. Col. John U.D. Page served in both the Atlantic and Pacific including Vietnam
  • Retired in March 1992
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,200 t.
    Length 338'
    Beam 65'
    Draft 4' (with the bow trimmed for discharging)
    Speed 10 kts
    Range unknown
    Complement
    8 Warrant Officers
    36 Enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 1,000 long tons (600 tons when trimmed for discharge)
    Armament unknown
    Fuel Capacity unknown
    Propulsion
    two 1,200 bhp diesel engines
    two shafts

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    Namesake
    LT. Col. John U.D. Page (February 8, 1904 December 11, 1950) was a United States Army officer from Saint Paul, Minnesota. Lieutenant Colonel Page received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War.
     
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    215k USAV LT. Col. John U.D. Page underway in the harbor at San Diego, CA., 29 October 1958 one day after her commissioning.
    US Army photo # APS-58-1016 now in the collections of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker
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    99k USAV LT. Col. John U.D. Page underway, date and location unknown. US Army Transportation Museum, Fort Eustis, VA.
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    98k The stern of USAV LT. Col. John U.D. Page is married up to the stern of USNS Comet (T-AK-269) to discharge vehicles, date and location unknown. US Army Transportation Museum, Fort Eustis, VA.
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    44k USAV LT. Col. John U.D. Page moving the village of Ban Thach, South Vietnam together with their farm yard and household goods to a new place away from the fighting, circa 1965.
    U.S. Army Sea Tales by Walter L. Gray
    Tommy Trampp
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    63k USNS Comet (T-LSV-7) off loading a tank onto the US Army Logistic Support Vessel USAV LT. Col. John U.D. Page, Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, 8 April 1967.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, December 1968
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
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    34k USAV LT. Col. John U.D. Page underway at Pearl Harbor in 1985.
    U.S. Army Sea Tales by Walter L. Gray
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    39k USAV LT. Col. John U.D. Page with her bow ramp down while loading USMC Amtracks at Kaho'olawe, Hawaii, date unknown
    U.S. Army Sea Tales by Walter L. Gray
    Tommy Trampp
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    LTC UD Page
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    "In early May 1970, Charlie Troop, 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry (Blackhawks) deployed from Song Mao to Landing Zone Oasis near the Cambodia-South Vietnam border. The 4th Infantry Division had gone into Cambodia and the divisional cavalry squadron, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry, left the Oasis. C Troop backfilled them for the next month. In early June, the troop road marched to Ban Me Thuot in response to a threat from the North Vietnamese Army. In late June, the entire troop - 40+ wheeled and tracked vehicles and ~140 Blackhawk Troopers - boarded the USAV LTC. John U. D. Page for a 4-day "cruise" home to Phan Thiet. Nobody shooting at you, cool South China Sea breezes over the deck day & night, movies on deck every night, warm chow - it was an in-country R&R for sure. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 was the Captain, mostly Korean seaman (their food stunk!)." Don Snedeker
    Late May/early June 1970, Charlie Troop, 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry (Blackhawks) loading their vehicles aboard USAV LTC. U. D. Page at Nha Trang for the four day voyage to Phan Thiet where they unloaded their vehicles.
    Submitted by Don Snedeker
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