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USS Eldorado (LCC-11)
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USS Eldorado (AGC-11) (1944 - 1969)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Delta - Bravo
NWDB
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Delegate
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons






Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Fourth Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (8) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba, 2-Vietnam)
Fifth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (10) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (13) - United Nations Service Medal
Sixth Row - Philippines Liberation Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Mount McKinley Class Amphibious Force Command Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as SS Monsoon, a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1352) at North Carolina Shipbuilding Co. Wilmington, N.C.
  • Launched, 26 October 1943
  • Acquired by the Navy, 1 February 1944
  • Converted to an Amphibious Force Command Ship at Bethlehem Steel Corp. Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Commissioned USS Eldorado (AGC-11), 26 August 1944, CAPT. J. R. Wallace in command
  • During World War II USS Eldorado (AGC-11) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 9 March 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Invasion and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 18 May 1945

  • Following World War II and the Korean War USS Eldorado was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    25 to 29 August 19471 April to 24 August 1947
    2 to 15 June 1949 26 January to 31 May 1949
     19 to 22 June 1949
     4 May to 4 June 1955

  • During the Korean War USS Eldorado (AGC-11) participated in following campaigns
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    14 to 15 September 1950
    18 September to 2 November 1950
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    22 April to 30 May 1951
    20 to 24 June 1951
    27 June to 8 July 1951
    Communist China Aggression
    3 November 1950 to 13 January 1951
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    9 to 28 July 1951
    Inchon Landing
    16 to 17 September 1950
    Third Korean Winter
    23 February to 5 March 1953
    25 to 30 April 1953
    First UN Counter Offensive
    15 February to 21 April 1951
    Korea, Summer-Fall 1953
    1 to 5 May 1953
    10 to 19 June 1953
    24 to 26 June 1953
    25 to 27 July 1953

  • During the Vietnam War USS Eldorado (AGC-11 / LCC) participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    26 November to 6 December 1965
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    8 November to 17 December 1968
    27 December 1968 to 3 January 1969
    8 to 27 January 1969
    Vietnam Counteroffensive
    26 March to 6-April 1966
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    8 to 14 March 1970
    3 to 7 April 1970
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase II
    14 to 21 February 1967
    5 to 13 March 1967
    19 to 25 March 1967
    17 April to 2 May 1967
    17 to 31 May 1967
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    20 May to 5 June 1970
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase III
    1 to 25 June 1967
    2 to 31 July 1967
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    16 to 25 July 1970
    30 August to 1 September 1971
    8 to 13-September 1971
    30 October to 6 November 1971
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase V
    6 to 21 August 1968
    28 August to 15 September 1968
    3 to 18 October 1968
    Consolidation II
    9 to 11 December 1971
    17 to 20 January 1972
    24 to 27 January 1972

  • Redesignated Amphibious Command Ship (LCC-11), 1 January 1969
  • Decommissioned, 8 November 1972
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 16 November 1972
  • Transferred to MARAD for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Final Disposition, permanent title transferred to MARAD an sold the same day, 10 August 1973, to George Wang, shipbroker of San Francisco, CA for $155,140.00 on PD-X-961 from NISNF San Diego. Resold to David Purcell Export License # 73007 on 25 April 1974 so he could move ship to Taiwan to be used as a storage facility. Removed from the National Defense Reserve Fleet, 5 September 1974 by MV Sea Giant enroute Taiwan.
  • USS Eldorado received two battle stars for World War II service, eight battle stars for Korean War service, and ten campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 7,500 t.(lt), 12,7500 t.(lim)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 28' 2"
    Speed 16.4 kts. (trial speed)
    Complement
    officers 54
    enlisted 579
    Largest boom capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    two single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    ten twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Ship's Service Generators
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120/240V D.C.
    one diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    Fuel Capacities
    NFSO 22,650 Bbls.
    Diesel 700 Bbls.
    Propulsion
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 450psi, 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Eldorado 634k Forward plan view of USS Eldorado (AGC-11) at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 20 November 1944. Eldorado was in overhaul at Mare Island from 1 October to 22 November 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7052-44.
    Darryl Baker and Ed Zajkowski
    Eldorado 481k Aft plan view of USS Eldorado (AGC-11) at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 20 November 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7053-44.
    Darryl Baker and Ed Zajkowski
    Eldorado 718k Plan view amidships looking aft of USS Eldorado (AGC-11) at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 20 November 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7051-44.
    Ed Zajkowski
    Eldorado 670k Plan view amidships looking forward of USS Eldorado (AGC-11) at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 20 November 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7054-44.
    Ed Zajkowski
    Eldorado 75k USS Eldorado (AGC-11) as she emerges from Mare Island after her overhaul, 22 November 1944. Improvements included addition of a height-finding SP radar (with surface search SG alongside) on the forward goalposts. The framework atop the after goalpost is an aircraft homing beacon.
    US Navy photos, and text from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    Eldorado 427k Port broad side view of USS Eldorado (AGC-11) departing Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 22 November 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo.
    Robert Hurst and Ed Zajkowski
    Eldorado 477k Stern quarter view of USS Eldorado (AGC-11) departing Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 22 November 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7120-44.
    Robert Hurst and Ed Zajkowski
    Eldorado 78k Bows on view of USS Eldorado (AGC-11) departing Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 22 November 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7116-44.
    Darryl Baker
    Eldorado 309k Stern view of USS Eldorado (AGC-11) departing Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 22 November 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo.
    Ed Zajkowski
    Eldorado 70k Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal and operation leaders watch invasion activities from on board USS Eldorado (AGC-11) off Iwo Jima, 20 February 1945. Those present are, from left to right: Secretary of the Navy Forrestal; Lieutenant General Holland M. Smith, USMC, Commander Expeditionary Troops; Vice Admiral Richmond K. Turner, USN (largely hidden behind Smith), Commander Joint Expeditionary Force; and Rear Admiral Harry W. Hill, USN, Commander Attack Force.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-312260, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Tracy White
    Eldorado 63k USS Eldorado (AGC-11) moored outboard of an unknown ship at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, circa late 1945. The bow of an LCI (possibly 1060 through 1069) is visible in the foreground.
    Photo by M.V. Moon USS LSM-463
    Stephen Lansing for his father M.V. Moon USS LSM-463
    Blower 263k USS Eldorado (AGC-11) moored to the right of USS Blower (SS-325) docked in ARD-32 at Mare Island, 1 August 1946. Yard Derrick YD-33 is aft of ARD-32
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 2786-46
    Darryl Baker
    Eldorado 52k USS Eldorado (AGC-11) moored pierside at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 2 July 1948, while undergoing an inclining experiment.
    Puget Sound Naval Shipyard photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, Seattle NARA Record Group 181.
    Tracy White
    Eldorado 75k USS Eldorado (AGC-11) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Cliff Coffey
    Eldorado 98k USS Eldorado (AGC-11) top side view from port side looking forward while at Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 2 July 1948 at the time of the inclining experiment.
    Puget Sound Naval Shipyard photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, Seattle NARA Record Group 181.
    Tracy White
    Eldorado 103k USS Eldorado (AGC-11) top side view forward of the bridge while at Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 2 July 1948 at the time of the inclining experiment.
    Puget Sound Naval Shipyard photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, Seattle NARA Record Group 181.
    Tracy White
    Eldorado 95k USS Eldorado (AGC-11) top side view while at Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 2 July 1948 at the time of the inclining experiment.
    Puget Sound Naval Shipyard photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, Seattle NARA Record Group 181.
    Tracy White
    Safeguard 425k Aerial view of the south end of Mare Island Naval Ship, between 12 and 19 September 1946. Ships present include:
    USS Oklahoma City (CL-91)
    USS Safeguard (ARS-25)
    USS Avery Island (AG-76)
    USS Quapaw (ATF-110)
    USS Eldorado (AGC-11)
    USS Barricade (ACM-3)
    USS Fieberling (DE-640)
    AFD-6
    USS Alfred A. Cunningham (DD-752) and
    Endicott (YM-12)
    Safeguard and Avery Island were at the yard for decontamination from the Bikini Island tests. Oklahoma City is about to be decommissioned; Barricade is about to be turned over to Coast Guard; Endicott dredging berth 18 and the others are in for repairs.
    US Navy photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    Eldorado
    AGC 11 3628-46, Navy Photo, 10/18/46
    185k Bow view of USS Eldorado (AGC-11) at Mare Island Navy Yard on October 18, 1946. White circles indicate area modified during her overhaul at the yard.
    File name: AGC 11 3628-46, Navy Photo, 10/18/46

    Midships looking aft view of USS Eldorado (AGC-11) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 18 October 1946.
    File name: AGC 11 3630-46, Navy Photo, 10/18/46
    Darryl Baker
    Eldorado
    AGC 11 3630-46, Navy Photo, 10/18/46
    272k
    Eldorado
    AGC 11 3639-46, Navy Photo, 10/23/46
    193k Bow view of USS Eldorado (AGC 11) departing Mare Island Navy Yard on October 23, 1946.
    File name: AGC 11 3639-46, Navy Photo, 10/23/46

    Board side view of USS Eldorado (AGC 11) departing Mare Island Navy Yard on October 23, 1946.
    File name: AGC 11 3641-46, Navy Photo, 10/23/46

    Stern view of USS Eldorado (AGC 11) departing Mare Island Navy Yard on October 23, 1946.
    File name: AGC 11 3643-46, Navy Photo, 10/23/46
    Darryl Baker
    Eldorado
    AGC 11 3641-46, Navy Photo, 10/23/46
    291k
    Eldorado
    AGC 11 3643-46, Navy Photo, 10/23/46
    177k
    Eldorado 87k USS Eldorado (AGC-11) top side aft, from port side, while at Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 2 July 1948 at the time of the inclining experiment.
    Puget Sound Naval Shipyard photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, Seattle NARA Record Group 181.
    Tracy White
    Eldorado 81k USS Eldorado (AGC-11) top side view of stern, while at Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 2 July 1948 at the time of the inclining experiment.
    Puget Sound Naval Shipyard photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, Seattle NARA Record Group 181.
    Tracy White
    Eldorado 84k USS Eldorado (AGC-11) off the invasion beaches at Inchon, Korea, September 1950. In the foreground is a Japanese manned LST unloading across the beach.
    US Navy photo # NH 97158 by Bumpus, one of Eldorado's photographers from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
    Robert Hurst
    Eldorado 71k Aerial view of USS Eldorado (AGC-11) date and location unknown. Kathy Campbell for her son Charles Wayne Martin USS Eldorado
    Eldorado 484k USS Eldorado (AGC-11) "Church Call" summer 1952 while the ship was in Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Kathy Campbell for her son Charles Wayne Martin USS Eldorado
    Eldorado 501k USS Eldorado (AGC-11) general mess galley crew, summer 1952 while the ship was in Mare Island Naval Shipyard.
    Group at left back to front; "Chief" Youngman, "Al" La Combe, Castro, Bill Garner, "Junior" Clark. Group at right back to front; unknown, unknown, unknown, Johnie Mewburn, unknown, Charles Wayne Martin, unknown.
    Kathy Campbell for her son Charles Wayne Martin USS Eldorado
    Eldorado 140k USS Eldorado (AGC-11) Korean War service. Russ Paten
    Eldorado 49k USS Eldorado (AGC-11) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Russ Padden
    Eldorado 132k USS Eldorado (AGC-11) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Eldorado 21k USS Eldorado (AGC-11), date and location unknown. USS Cabildo (LSD-16)
    Association
    Eldorado 360k USS Eldorado (AGC-11) underway near Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 19 September 1952.
    US Navy photo from the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum photo, File name: AGC 11 77(6)52
    Darryl Baker
    Eldorado 44k USS Eldorado (AGC-11), date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Stanley C. Svec
    Eldorado 112k USS Eldorado (AGC-11) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, July 1954
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Eldorado 102k USS Eldorado (AGC-11) at anchor off the coast of South Korea.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, April 1957
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Eldorado 52k USS Eldorado (AGC-11) at anchor off Taiwan, April 1960, during operation "Blue Star" Photo by LT Erv Samuelson MC USN
    USS Wexford County
    Eldorado 66k USS Eldorado (AGC-11) moored alongside a decommissioned AGC at San Diego, September 1960 Lee Noland STGC USN Ret.
    Eldorado 99k USS Eldorado (AGC-11) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, February 1962
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Eldorado 91k Damage to USS Eldorado (AGC-11)'s flight deck resulting from a collision with USS George Clymer (APA-27) as both ships were getting underway to avoid a typhoon in July 1964. The photo was taken at Naval Ship Repair Facility Subic Bay, 31 July 1964. Roger H. Shelton YN3 USS Eldorado
    Eldorado 64k USS Eldorado (AGC-11) moored pierside, South Korea, circa June 1963 to June 1965 Photo by Roger H. Shelton YN3
    USS Eldorado June 63 to June 65
    Eldorado 127k USS Eldorado (AGC-11) moored pierside, 32nd Street Naval Station San Diego, CA. with USS Bexar (APA-237) to starboard. Note the crew of Eldorado in dress blues assembled on the helo deck for a ceremony, 1963. Photo by LT. Richard Dawson USNR USS Renville
    Eldorado 28k USS Eldorado (AGC-11) arriving at Subic Bay, P.I. to relieve USS Estes (AGC-12) in November 1965.  
    Eldorado 200k USS Eldorado (AGC-11) at anchor, circa 1969, location unknown.
    Photo from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History", by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    Eldorado   USS Eldorado (AGC-11) Decommissioning Program. Ron Reeves


    For more photos and information about USS Eldorado, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • USS Eldorado AGC-11
  • An Official History for USS Eldorado 1943 - 1954
  • USS Eldorado 1945 Cruise Book contributed by Hays Busch
  • Commanding Officers

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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