Stuff You Should Know
USS Winston was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship laid down on July 10, 1944 and launched on November 30, with the hull number AKA-94. It was commissioned on January 19, 1944 under Comdr. Morgan C. Wheyland’s command and served in the US Navy for 12 years until it was decommissioned for the first time on February 1, 1957. The second time it was commissioned it was on November 24, 1961 and served in the US Navy for another 8 years until November 1969. In January 1969, USS Winston was reclassified as LKA-94 and it carried a complement of 247 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Hawaii, Kahoolawe Island, Oahu and it even participated within the Korean and Vietnam War. It was struck from the Naval Register on September 1, 1976. For the services brought to the country during the Korean War, USS Winston received 7 battle stars and another 7 battle stars for the activity during the Vietnam War.