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USS Durham (LKA-114)

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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 or 4)
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, 10 July 1967, 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 (LKA-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 *Vietnam Evacuation (Operation Frequent Wind)
    29 to 30 April 1975

  • Decommissioned, 25 February 1994
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 2015
  • USS Durham earned three campaign stars for Vietnam War service and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for Operation Frequent Wind or four campaign stars for the Vietnam Service Medal if the Armed Forces Medal is exchanged for the 18th Vietnam campaign, Operation Frequent Wind
  • Berthed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF) in a category "B" reserve status, as of 30 March 2000
  • Final Disposition, towed to sea and expended as a target 30 August 2020 during RIMPAC 2020.
    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 Durham (LKA-114) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA., 29 March 1969. S. Dale Hargrave
    Durham 169k The ship's sponsor, Mrs. Alton A Lennon, wife of Rep. Lennon of North Carolina, breaking the traditional bottle of champagne over the ships bow during the launching ceremony of Durham (LKA-114) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA. on 29 March 1969. S. Dale Hargrave
    Durham 227k USS Durham (LKA-114) underway circa 1970, location unknown.
    US Navy PhibPac photo #350
    Tommy Trampp
    Durham 174k During the fall of South Vietnam boatloads of refugees from the Phan Rang area approach USS Durham (LKA-114) for transfer to a safer area, 3 April 1975. Note motorbikes in this boat.
    US National Archives photo # USN 1162119 a US Navy photo by PH3 Harold Brown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Durham 168k During the fall of South Vietnam boats loaded with Vietnamese refugees approach USS Durham (LKA-114) during a rainstorm, 4 April 1975. They were transferred from Durham to another ship for passage to a safe zone.
    US National Archives photo # K-107629 a US Navy photo by PH3 Harold Brown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    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.
    Durham 149k USS Durham (LKA-114) under way off the coast of San Diego, CA., 12 January 1989.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo NH 107737-KN by PH2 Paul Self.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    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.
    670k USS Durham (LKA-114) at anchor, off the Silver Strand at San Diego, CA., date unknown. Nicholas Tiberio
    576k USS Durham (LKA-114) underway, date unknown and location unknown. Nicholas Tiberio
    Durham 90k USS Durham (LKA-114), circa 2000, NISMF, Middle Loch, Pearl Harbor, HI. Photo by Jim Bedient
    72k Ships laid up at NISMF Pearl Harbor from top to bottom, ex-USS Duluth (LPD-6), ex-USS Acadia (AD-42), ex-USS Durham LKA-114) and ex-USS St. Louis (LKA-116), 26 July 2006. Photo by Yu Chu
    167k U.S. Navy ships laid up in reserve in Middle Loch, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as of 1 July 2016. Identifiable ships are (front to back):

    Amphibious Assault Ship USS Peleliu (LHA-5),
    Guided Missile Frigate USS McClusky (FFG-41),
    Guided Missile Frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG-48),
    Amphibious Assault Ship USS Tarawa (LHA-1),
    Guided Missile Frigate USS Crommelin (FFG-37),
    Guided Missile Frigate USS Curts (FFG-38),
    Guided Missile Frigate USS Thach (FFG-43),
    Guided Missile Frigate USS Rentz (FFG-46),
    Landing Ship Tank USS Racine (LST-1191),
    Dock Landing Ship USS Cleveland (LPD-7), USS Racine (LST-1191),
    Dock Landing Ship USS Denver (LPD-9),
    Dock Landing Ship USS Juneau (LPD-10);
    Amphibious Cargo Ship USS Durham (LKA-114) and
    Amphibious Cargo Ship
    USS St. Louis (LKA-116).
    US Navy photo # 160701-N-SI773-264 Pearl Harbor, July 16, 2001 by MC1 Ace Rheaume, USN.
    Robert Hurst
    230k USNS Sioux (T-ATF-171) towing ex-USS Durham (AKA-114) out of Pearl Harbor and sea to be expended as a target during the RIMPAC 2020 exercise. CAPT. Wade Armstrong Pearl Harbor Pilots
    349k Live fire from ships and aircraft participating in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC 2020) exercise sank the ex-USS Durham (LKA-114), 30 August 2002. Ten nations, 22 ships, one submarine, and more than 5,300 personnel participated in RIMPAC from August 17 to 31 at sea around the Hawaiian Islands. RIMPAC is a biennial exercise designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships, critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. The exercise is a unique training platform designed to enhance interoperability and strategic maritime partnerships. RIMPAC 2020 is the 27th exercise in the series that began in 1971.
    US Navy photo # 200830-N-NO842-0102
    Michael Guerin

    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, Edmund William, USN (USNA 1947)1 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 Anthony, USN (USNA 1954)7 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 Sanford, USN (USNA 1963)6 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 Mitchell, USN (USNA 1968)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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