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USS Francis Marion (LPA-249)
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USS Francis Marion (APA-249) (1961 - 1969)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Delta - Echo
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon
Navy Expeditionary Medal (Cuba) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba)



USS Francis Marion (LPA-249) was transferred to Spain and renamed Aragón (L-22)
Paul Revere Class Amphibious Transport:
  • Laid down as SS Prairie Mariner, a Maritime Administration type (C4-S-1A) hull, under a Maritime Administration contract, at New York Shipbuilding Corp, Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 13 February 1954
  • Delivered to the Maritime Administration, 25 May 1954
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, 6 January 1955
  • Acquired by the Navy, 16 March 1959
  • Commissioned USS Francis Marion (APA-249), 6 July 1961, CAPT. David S. Bill, Jr. in command
  • Redesignated Amphibious Transport (LPA-249), 1 January 1969
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 1 January 1980
  • Sold to Spain, 11 July 1980, under the Security Assistance Program, renamed Aragón (L-22)
  • Decommissioned by the Spanish Navy in 2000
  • Final Disposition, as of 2002 in use as a training hulk by UOE ("Unidad de Operaciones Especiales", Special Operations Unit) at La Carraca, Cádiz, Spain
    Specifications:
    Displacement 16,828 t (fl)
    Length 563' 6"
    Beam 76'
    Draft 27'
    Speed 20 kts.
    Complement 414
    Troop Accommodations 1500
    Armament four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    Propulsion
    two Babcock and Wilcox WT boilers, 620 psi WP
    one geared turbine
    single propeller, 19,250shp
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    USS Francis Marion (APA-249 / LPA-249)
    Francis Marion 191k
    Namesake

    Francis Marion was born in 1732 at Winyah, a plantation in St. John’s Parish, Berkeley County, S.C., near Georgetown. He gained his first military experience fighting Cherokee Indians in 1759 and 1761, during the French and Indian Wars. Elected to the South Carolina Provincial Congress in 1775, he was soon commissioned captain and helped defend Patriot positions in Charleston Harbor in 1776. Marion participated in the unsuccessful American campaign to take Georgia in 1779. When the British took Charleston in the following year and overran most of the State, Marion was commissioned a brigadier general and distinguished himself in organizing and leading a guerrilla band which soon won fame harassing British units and intimidating Tories. When the perplexed red coats sent their reliable troubleshooter Colonel Tarleton in pursuit of Marion, the crafty American won the sobriquet, “the Swamp Fox,” by slipping through the Carolina marshlands. He subsequently joined General Green and assisted in the skillful series of tactical maneuvers which exhausted the British Army under Cornwallis, ultimately causing him to abandon the Carolinas and head toward his doom at Yorktown. After peace returned, Marion served in the State senate until retiring from public life in 1790. He died 27 February 1790.
    Image from the University of San Diego, Department of History
    Bill Gonyo
    Francis Marion 34k USS Francis Marion (APA-249) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
     
    Francis Marion 70k USS Francis Marion (APA-249) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Bob Martin
    USS Francis Marion web site
    Hermitage 93k Amphibious Group at sea, 17 April 1964. The ships are USS Hermitage (LSD-34) in left foreground, USS Francis Marion (APA-249) in center, USS Plymouth Rock (LSD-29) in the left rear and USS Yancey (AKA-93) in the right rear. Three UH-34 helicopters are flying in formation over Francis Marion. Photo was received from USS Francis Marion in 1964.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 85059
    Robert Hurst
    Francis Marion 233k USS Francis Marion (APA-249) underway in Hampton Roads, VA. in 1968
    US Navy photo
    Photo by Masao Aochi
    Francis Marion 145k USS Francis Marion (LPA-249) moored pierside at Norfolk, VA., Fall 1976 Photo by Steven Loomis IC3, USNR
    Francis Marion 41k USS Francis Marion (LPA-249) moored pierside at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Fall 1976 Photo by Steven Loomis IC3, USNR
    Francis Marion 75k USS Francis Marion (LPA-249) departing Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA., circa 1977. Tommy Trampp
    Francis Marion 151k USS Francis Marion (LPA-249) moored pierside at NOB Norfolk, VA. circa 1978.
    Photo by Karsten Petersen
    Robert Hurst
    Francis Marion 316k USS Francis Marion (LPA-249) underway in the port of Antwerp, Belgium, 7 October 1978. Photos by Gilbert Gyssels
    Francis Marion 206k
    Aragón (L-22)
    Francis Marion 45k Aragón (L-22) Ship's patch Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez, La Coruña, Spain
    Francis Marion 92k Ex-USS Francis Marion (APA-249), seen here in Spanish service as Aragón (L-22), Cadiz, Spain in 1984. Photo by Ignacio Lopez
    ex member Armada Espanola

    USS Francis Marion (APA/LPA-249)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Bill Jr., David Spencer6 July 1961 - 29 July 1963
    02CAPT. Harris, Raymond Maxwell29 July 1963 - July 1964
    03CAPT. De La Mater, Stephen ThomasJuly 1964 - August 1965
    04CAPT. Now, John GeorgeAugust 1965 - August 1966
    05CAPT. Frame Jr., Ralph WilcuttAugust 1966 - November1967
    06CAPT. Masica, Eugene MiloNovember 1967 - May 1969
    07CAPT. Hoover, Lloyd NimsMay 1969 - July 1970
    08CAPT. Pace Jr., Robert Alfred.July 1970 - 1971
    09CAPT. Olds, Frederick Arthur1971 - 16 February 1972
    10CAPT. Fenwick, Joseph Eugene16 February 1972 - 29 August 1973
    11CAPT. Zacharias, Jerrold Matthew (Zack)29 August 1973 - 6 December 1974
    12CAPT. Rueff, Eugene Carl6 December 1974 - 1975
    13CAPT. Folgedalen II, Robert Lee1975 - April 1976
    14CAPT. Carr Sr., Nevin PalmerApril 1976 - 9 September 1978
    15CAPT. Martin, Richard Lee9 September 1978 - April 1979
    16CAPT. Stafford, Joe N.April 1979 - 14 September 1970
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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