W.W. II Victory,
Korean War Service with 2 Battle Stars,
Combat Action Ribbon,
Meritorious Unit Commendation,
and the Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Battle Stars.
|version2:||Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive), Meritorious Unit Commendation, American Campaign, W.W. II Victory, National Defence Service, Korean War Service (2) with 2 Battle Stars, Vietnam Service Medal (4), United Nations Service, RVN Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, RVN Campaign Medal with 60's device, Korean War Service with 2 Battle Stars.|
|Unofficial||version1:||RVN Gallantry Cross with Palm, RVN Civil Action Medal, First Class, with Palm, RVN Campaign Medal with 60's device and the Vietnam Service Medal with (9 or 10) Battle Stars.|
|version 1||version 2|
|Battle stars: ( 2) or ( 4) or ( 9) or (10)|
|Ship's Identification by||flag hoist:||n k h n|
|radio call sign:||"Ageless Golf"|
|October 9, 1969||
00-08 Moored port side to pier B, berth A, U.S. Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Orange, Texas with standard lines doubled.
Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier.
Ships present include various units of US Atlantic fleet, yard and district craft, and US and foreign Merchantmen.
SOPA is Commanding Officer USS Goodrich (DD831). Ship is in condition of readiness six with material condition YOKE set.
0745 Mustered crew at quarters. Absentees; None.
W. R. Johnston LTJG USNR08-24 Moored as before. 0800 Ship placed out of commission in reserve.
W. R. Johnston LTJG USNR
|Subsequent history and fate:|
|October 9, 1969||Decommissioned.|
|September 15, 1974||Stricken from the Naval Vessel Register.|
|August 1, 1975||Disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping.|
|? to ?||Re-named "San Cayetano", homeported in Las Piedras.|
|? to ?||Acquired by Frank Ganter of Newport, R.I. Converted to a barge. Towed to various Carribean islands with cargos of used vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, etc.|
|? to winter, 2004||Derelict. One of several abondoned vessels in aon the east shore of Narragansett Bay, south of Hinckley's marina near Melville, Rhode Island.|
|February 27, 2004||
containing the derelicts, is slated to be turned into a 1500 slip marina when the 1148, a small freighter and a sunken tug outboard of the 1148, are broken up.|
As to the condition of the ship, sad. The superstructure above the main deck is long gone as are the boat davits, dog houses, escape trunk covers, tank deck ventilator stacks, gun tubs and most deck fittings. The grease/bo'sun's lockers under what used to be mount 46 are still there as are the stern anchor winch, the forward booby hatches and bow anchor capstan. The original wheelehouse and attached captain's sea cabin were welded, at some point in time, to the fo'c's'le deck in the area forward of the main deck ramp windlass and aft of what used to be mount 41. Apparently, all the port/stbd. berthing compartments, mess decks, after berthing spaces on the second deck and the laundry/storerooms/shops on the third/tank deck as well as the tank deck's longitudinal and after bulkheads were removed to enlarge the tank deck area when she was used as a barge. The reefer deck and after steering compartments were intact as were the ramp/bow-door control rooms, chain locker and starboard magazine compartments. Several large steel "I" beams were welded to the tank deck and underside of the main deck to replace the original tank deck longitudinal bulkheads. I have no idea of conditions below the tank deck.
|Winter of 2004||
Ship was broken up for scrap by Marblehead, Mass. salvagers/ship-breakers (Western Ocean Enterprises Inc.)
on Narragansett Bay, while moored port side to, the south side of the pier, which is located at the western dead end of Maritime Drive in Melville, Rhode Island.|
Final images of the "Sumner Maru": BowDoors/Ramp1 BowDoors/Ramp2 BowDoors/Ramp3 PortBow1 PortBow2 Midships PortQuarter LastGlimpse
|abbreviation||definition||particular to this ship|
|LST||Landing Ship, Tank||ship type: was created during World War II to support amphibious operations by carrying significant quantities of vehicles, cargo, and landing troops directly onto an unimproved shore. Designed by John C. Neidermair of the Bureau of Ships, he initially sketched out an awkward looking ship that proved to be the basic design for the more than 1,000 LSTs which would be built during World War II. To meet the conflicting requirements of deep draft for ocean travel and shallow draft for beaching, the ship was designed with a large ballast system that could be filled for ocean passage and pumped out for beaching operations.|
|dp.||displacement||light: 1,653 long tons full: 4,080 long tons dead weight: 2,427 long tons|
|l.||length||over all (loa): 328 feet water line (lwl): 316 feet|
|b.||beam||extreme: 50 feet|
|dr.||draft||limit: 11 feet 2 inches maximum navigational: 14 feet|
|s.||speed||full/cruising: 8.5 knots (9.78 mph) flank/top: 11.6 knots (13.35 mph)
main engines: diesel(GM 12-567 900hp) (2) shafts: (2) rudders: (2)
auxiliary engines: diesel (3) for dc electric generators.
emergency pump engine (aka hercules): diesel (1)
|cpl.||complement||Approximately 1800 men served aboard this ship during it's 25 year Naval tenure.
At any point in time, ship's company was ≈119 men (7 officers, 112 enlisted).
|trp.||toop capacity||147 marines|
|cl.||class or first/leading model
within ship type
|ship's boats||LCPL (1) LCVP (3) each stored on a Wellin Gravity Davit. During a yard period (?1967?) at the Bethlehem Steel shipyard, on Terminal Island across from San Pedro, the two forward davits were removed. The remaining 2 wooden LCVPs in the after davits were replaced with fiberglass models.
6' Fibreglass punt (1) for waterline and propeller guard maintenance or casual paddling.