|USS Chimon (AG-150)|
|Namesake:||An island off the coast of Connecticut|
|Builder:||Missouri Bridge and Iron Works, Evansville, Indiana|
|Laid down:||date unknown|
|Launched:||10 January 1945|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. O. Snyder|
|Commissioned:||29 January 1945 as USS LST-1102|
|Decommissioned:||21 November 1947|
|In service:||27 December 1950 as USS Chimon (AKS-31)|
|Out of service:||22 April 1958|
|Renamed:||Chimon, 1 February 1949|
|Reclassified:||AG-150, 27 January 1949; AKS-31, 27 December 1950|
|Struck:||2 November 1959|
|one battle star for World War II service|
|Fate:||sold, 2 November 1959; ultimate fate unknown|
|Type:||LST-511-class tank landing ship|
|Tons burthen:||3,640 tons|
|Draft:||loaded bow 8' 2" stern 14' 1"|
|Propulsion:||two General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders|
|Boats & landing |
|Troops:||140 officers and enlisted|
|Complement:||8-10 officers, 100-115 enlisted|
|Armament:||one twin 40mm bow gun mount, eight 40mm guns, 12-20mm guns|
USS Chimon (AG-150/AKS-31) – also known as USS LST-1102 -- was an LST-511-class tank landing ship launched by the U.S. Navy during the final months of World War II. Chimon served as a transport and stores ship for the U.S. 7th Fleet, and was decommissioned after service in the Korean War.
Constructed in Evansville, Indiana
Chimon was launched as LST-1102 10 January 1945 by Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Works, Evansville, Indiana; sponsored by Mrs. O. Snyder; and commissioned 29 January 1945, Lieutenant L. J. Patterson, USNR, in command.
Sailing from Gulfport, Mississippi, 7 March 1945, LST-1102 arrived at Pearl Harbor 4 April to load cargo for delivery to bases at Kwajalein, Eniwetok, and Ulithi. This duty completed, she joined a convoy at Leyte 21 June and arrived at Okinawa 5 days later to complete offloading her cargo. After transporting Marines from Naha to Hagushi, she sailed from Okinawa 10 July and returned to Pearl Harbor 5 August. At the close of the war, she loaded men and equipment for the occupation of Japan, and on 27 September arrived at Wakayama, Japan.
LST-1102 continued to support the occupation of Japan until 4 November 1945. She called at Guam to embark homeward bound servicemen and arrived back at Pearl Harbor 1 December to undergo conversion to a mobile spare parts ship.
Converted into a spare parts ship
Her conversion completed, LST-1102 got underway from Pearl Harbor 4 April 1946 to return to Far Eastern duty at Shanghai, and Tsingtao, China until 8 October 1947. Arriving at San Pedro, California, 7 November, she shifted to San Diego, California, a week later and was placed out of commission in reserve there 21 November 1947. She was reclassified AG-150, 27 January 1949 and assigned the name Chimon on 1 February 1949.
Korean War service
Recommissioned 27 December 1950 under the command of Lieutenant G. W. Hessemer, USNR, Chimon was assigned to Service Squadron 3 and sailed for the Far East on 2 May 1951. Arriving at Sasebo, Japan, 13 June, she alternated operations from that port and Yokosuka in support of the Korean War. Reclassified AKS-31 on 18 August 1951, she remained in the Far East serving the 7th Fleet in its watchful operations to keep peace until 20 November 1957, occasionally visiting Hong Kong and the Philippines.
Arriving at San Francisco, California, 22 December, Chimon was placed in commission in reserve 22 January 1958 and out of commission in reserve 22 April 1958. Chimon was sold, and removed from naval custody on 2 November 1959.
Honors and awards
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive - LST-1102 - AG-150 / AKS-31 Chimon
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