USS Renville

APA 227


March 25th, 2008

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Second Row
World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (2)
Third Row
Armed Forces Service Medal (1-Quemoy/Matsu, 1-Taiwan Straits, 1-Cuba, 1-Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (3) - RVSN Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Forth Row
Philippines Liberation Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

From Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Vol. VI (1976), pp. 76

Counties in Minnesota and North Dakota.

Following shakedown out of San Diego, Renville sailed in January 1945 for Guadalcanal, where in March she embarked 1,620 combat-ready troops for the invasion of Okinawa. Her assault boats transported the troops to the beach at Okinawa 1 April. Departing on the 5th, she steamed via Saipan and Pearl Harbor to San Francisco. During the remainder of the war, she transported troops and supplies between various Pacific Islands and the United States. In September, she carried 1,436 Allied prisoners of war from Japan to Manila. In 1946 she returned additional troops to the United States, and then operated along the Pacific coast. Operating in the western Pacific, she was ordered to Batavia, Java, in December 1947. Renville became Headquarters ship for the U.N. Truce Commission that negotiated settlement terms between Dutch military forces and Indonesian nationalists. The ensuing agreement was denoted “The Renville Truce.” After operating off the west coast from May 1948 to January 1949, she voyaged to China later in January, and returned 8 February.

Decommissioned 30 June 1949 at Mare Island, Calif., she recommissioned 5 January 1952 for service in the Korean War. Departing San Francisco for the western Pacific 13 November 1952, she shuttled troops between Japan and Korean ports such as Pusan and Inchon. After June 1953, she steamed to San Diego.

Sailing for the western Pacific in September 1954, she carried marines to Kobe, Japan, and conducted amphibious training in Korea, before returning to San Diego 17 March 1955. Departing San Diego in August, she participated in a landing exercise at Iwo Jima in February 1956, and returned to San Diego in March. In January 1957, she joined a landing exercise at Camp Pendleton. On WestPac tour from February to September, she joined a major landing exercise on eastern Luzon in March and another in the Pohang-Dong area of Korea in June.

After duty at Eniwetok from January to June 1958, she operated in the western Pacific from October 1958 to March 1959. In May 1959 she joined a landing exercise at Camp Pendleton. On WestPac tour from October 1959 to April 1960, she was station ship at Hong Kong in January and February, and participated in a joint landing exercise at Taiwan in March. Again in the Far East from April to 5 December 1961, she sailed to Okinawa, Subic Bay, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Yokosuka. Following west coast duties in early 1962, she headed for the Caribbean 27 October 1962 in response to the Cuban Missile Crisis, returning to San Diego 13 December. Deployed to WestPac from December 1962 to May 1963, she ended 1963 in west coast operations.

Sailing for WestPac in June 1964, she participated in the filming on Oahu, Hawaii, of Otto Preminger’s “In Harm’s Way” in July. In response to the Gulf of Tonkin attack in August, she ranged the coast of Vietnam from Da Nang to Saigon with 1,350 marines on alert status for 67 consecutive days. Replenished at Yokosuka, she performed similar duty off Vietnam in November, before returning to San Diego 18 December.

After a landing exercise at Camp Pendleton, Calif., in March 1965, her WestPac tour of May to August took her to Hawaii, Okinawa, Da Nang, Qui Nhon, Sasebo, and Yokosuka. After local duty, she began her WestPac tour of March 1966 to October, carrying marines to Okinawa and Chu Lai, Vietnam, before serving as station ship at Da Nang in August and September.

In 1967 she prepared for deactivation. Transferred to Maritime Administration 23 April 1968, she joined the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Calif., where she remained into 1973.

Renville received one battle star for World War II service, two for Korea, and four for Vietnam.


  1. This ship and it’s crew saw amazing things during their service.

    Comment by scott — March 27, 2008 @ 8:33 am

  2. QM-3 -
    This new site should put a stop to that ‘pervert’ spamming the site.

    Comment by QM-3 — April 2, 2008 @ 2:14 pm

  3. Looking for any information on Norman Maw, Louis Bell, and Bob Malone for the years 1963, 1964,1965.

    Comment by Billings — June 25, 2008 @ 11:39 pm

  4. Looking for shipmates from Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, Guam, USS Renville, USS Mitchell & USS Lexington

    Comment by krupka805 — July 31, 2008 @ 3:22 pm

  5. CB Unit 525 & 523, the 14th, 109th and 23rd NCB

    Comment by krupka805 — July 31, 2008 @ 3:24 pm

  6. Hello everyone.

    I am looking for anyone who may have served with Robert W. Stuart on the USS Renville during 1945. This was my wife’s father and we are trying to learn more about his life during World War II.

    I am also a ship modeler and would be interested if anyone has plans of the Renville that would be useful in making a model of the ships.

    Thank you for the help.


    Comment by Dan Warren — March 3, 2009 @ 11:13 am

  7. I was aboard the Renville when it went into Richman California Yards for what I thought was going to be the decommissioning process. This would have been my second decommissioning in two years, and decided that it was a time for change. I requested a tranfer to Submarine school, it waas approved, and as they say the rest is history. I noticed that the trip to the yards was not included in the history part of the life of the Renville. Any reason why??

    L Klein

    crew member spring of 1963

    Comment by L Klein — June 19, 2009 @ 12:53 pm

  8. My grandfather Ivan Wayne Lyddon was on the U.S.S. Renville. I believe he was an EM3c. He boarded ship on Dec 18, 1944 according to his notes. He did basic at the U.S. Naval Station in Farragut, Idaho. And also graduated from the U.S. Naval Training School in Ames, Iowa on Oct 28, 1944.

    Comment by JohnFSmeltzer — July 23, 2009 @ 10:37 pm

  9. Just wondered if L Klein is a guy I called ” Landren”..he was a QM3 when I was a QM striker..he was also the helmsman during GQ and such…that was in late 63 and 64 as I remember. R Bradshaw QM2

    Comment by vv0350 — February 5, 2010 @ 1:40 pm

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