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USS Durham (LKA-114)

Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Oscar - Oscar - Romeo
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Smokey Day
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (17 Jan 91 - 28 Feb 91) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2)
Second Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Op. Frequent Wind, Op. Eagle Pull) - Vietnam Service Medal (3)
Third Row - Southwest Asia Service Meal - Humanitarian Service Medal (1-Op. Frequent Wind, 1-Op. Eagle Pull) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

Charleston Class Amphibious Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down as (AKA-114), at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 29 March 1968
  • Redesignated (LKA-114), 1 January 1969
  • Commissioned USS Durham (LKA-114), 24 May 1969
  • During the Vietnam War USS Durham (AKA-114) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam Service Medal
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970, 20 to 21 March 1970 Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    20 to 21 March, 20 to 21 July, 18 to 19 August, 6 to 7 September 1970,
    22 to 24 April, 8 to 11 June 1971
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive, 11 June 1970  

  • Decommissioned, 25 February 1994
  • Current Disposition, berthed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF) in a category "B" reserve status, as of 30 March 2000
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 2015
  • USS Durham earned three campaign stars for Vietnma War service
    Displacement 10,216.(lt) 18,589 t.(fl)
    Length 575' 6"
    Beam 82'
    Draft 26'
    Speed 20 kts.
    As Built - four twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    Updated - two 20mm Phalanx CIWS
    Officers 34
    Enlisted 375
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 211
    four LCM-8s
    four LCM-6s
    two LCVP
    two LCP
    Aircraft landing platform
    one geared turbine
    two boilers
    one propeller, 22,000shp

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    Durham 88k Invitation to the launching ceremony for USS Durham (LKA-114) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA., 29 March 1969. S. Dale Hargrave
    Charleston 169k The ship's sponsor, Mrs. Alton A Lennon, wife of Rep. Leenon of North Carolina, breaking the traditional bottle of champagne over the ships bow during the launching ceremony of USS Durham (LKA-114) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA. on 29 March 1969. S. Dale Hargrave
    Durham 46k USS Durham (LKA-114) at anchor in Subic Bay, P.I., 1970. Photo by William P Jones MD
    Medical Officer, USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3)
    Durham 88k USS Durham (LKA-114) under way, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Durham 242k USS Durham (LKA-114) under way, circa 1970, location unknown. CAPT. Rex Settlemoir, USN Ret
    Durham 74k USS Durham (LKA-114) under way enroute to South Korea during her 1987 Westpac deployment. Photo by Scott Miller
    Durham 13k USS Durham (LKA-114) pierside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Durham 24k USS Durham (LKA-114) pierside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Durham 37k USS Durham (LKA-114) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Canonchet 52k A garland decorates the bow of USS Durham (LKA-114), moored to a pier at San Diego as the large harbor tug Canonchet (YTB-823) assists USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43) into her berth following both ships return from the Persian Gulf area, 17 April 1991.
    DVIC photo # NST9110336 by PH2 Larry Nixon, USN
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Canonchet 76k Commercial harbor tugs position USS Durham (LKA-114) alongside a pier in the background as the large harbor tug Canonchet (YTB-823) maneuvers USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43) toward a pier in San Diego, 17 April 1991. Both ships are returning from deployment in the Persian Gulf area during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
    DVIC photo # DNST9109191 by JO1 Joseph Lancaster, USN
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Durham 18k USS Durham (LKA-114) under way, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Durham 90k USS Durham (LKA-114), circa 2000, NISMF, Middle Loch, Pearl Harbor, HI. Photo by Jim Bedient

    There is no DANFS history available for USS Durham (LKA-114) at NavSource
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Stensrud, John Donald24 May 1969 - 1 July 1970
    02CAPT. O'Callaghan, Edward William1 July 1970 - 20 May 1971
    03CAPT. Lockwood, Warren Harvey20 May 1971 - 25 August 1972
    04CAPT. Tregurtha Jr., James David25 August 1972 - 26 June 1974
    05CAPT. Bridge, Daniel Thomas26 June 1974 - 19 June 1976
    06CAPT. Boland, Bruce Raymond19 june 1976 - 7 October 1977
    07CAPT. Miller, John Anthony7 October 1977 - 9 May 1979
    08CAPT. Buck, Wallace Alfred 9 May 1979 - 24 October 1981
    09CAPT. White, Steve C.24 October1981 - 5 May 1983
    10CAPT. Barker, Charles Milton5 May 1983 - 18 July 1984
    11CAPT. Blackmon, Thomas Lester18 July 1984 - 6 November 1986
    12CAPT. Stoddard, Howard Sanford6 November 1986 - 12 August 1988
    13CAPT. Turner, Dean12 August 1988 - 17 January 1990
    14CAPT. Kraft Jr., Charles M.17 January 1990 - 9 August 1991
    15CAPT. Kline Jr., Edward M.9 August 1991 - 14 October 1993
    16CAPT. Scott, Robert M.14 October 1993 - 25 February 1994
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    For more photos and information about USS Durham, see;
  • LKA-113 Charleston Class Specifications
  • The Navy's Role in the Evacuation of Vietnamese Refugees

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

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