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USS Raleigh (LPD-1)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Charlie - Echo
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Magill
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation
Letter of Commendation

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Unit Commendation (2)
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Expeditionary Service Medal (2-Lebanon) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Dominican Republic, 1-Persian Gulf) - Southwest Asia Campaign Medal - Humanitarian Service Medal (1-Beirut)

Raleigh Class Amphibious Transport Dock
  • Laid down, 23 June 1960, at New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Launched, 17 March 1962
  • Commissioned USS Raleigh (LPD-1), 8 September 1962, CAPT. A. W. Whitney in command
  • Decommissioned, 13 December 1991
  • Struck from Naval Register, 25 January 1992
  • Final Disposition, disposed of as a target 4 December 1994
    Displacement 8,650 t.(lt) 14,113 t.(fl)
    Length 522 '
    Beam 100'
    Draft 23'
    Speed 20 kts.
    Complement 436
    Troop Accommodations 1,000
    Armament four 3"/50 guns
    two boilers
    two geared turbines
    two propellers, 24,000shp

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    Raleigh 308k The ship's sponsor, Mrs. Terry Sanford, wife of the Governor of North Carolina, breaking the traditional bottle of champagne over the ships bow during the launching ceremony of USS Raleigh (LPD-1) at New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, N.Y., 17 March 1962 S. Dale Hargrave
    Raleigh 658k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) underway at New York City, date unknown. Ed Zajkowski
    Raleigh 94k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) in the Chesapeake Bay, August 1964. © Richard Leonhardt
    Raleigh 59k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) in the Chesapeake Bay, August 1964. © Richard Leonhardt
    Raleigh 374k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) underway in 1964, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Raleigh 61k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Raleigh 461k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) departing Bremen, Germany, mid-1960s.
    Newspaper photo.
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Raleigh 178k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) at anchor in 1966, location unknown. A Hawker Siddeley Harrier is lifting off from Raleigh during USMC evaluation trials.
    US Navy photo from the 1968-69 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships".
    Robert Hurst
    Raleigh 229k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) riding her anchor at St. Thomas USVA in 1968 Photo by Masao Aochi
    Spiegel Grove 147k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) follows USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32) while sailing in formation during training exercises in the Caribbean Sea in 1967-68. Photo by Masao Aochi
    Raleigh 309k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) underway at Genoa, Italy, 1 December 1973. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Raleigh 293k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) moored at Genoa, Italy, 10 January 1978. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Raleigh 85k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) at Barcelona, Spain, 27 December 1981, with USS Barnstable County (LST 1197) alongside outboard. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Raleigh 85k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) at Barcelona, Spain, 27 December 1981, with USS Barnstable County (LST 1197) alongside outboard. The stern door gave access to a docking well 168' long and 50' wide. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Raleigh 259k Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Robert H. Barrow departing USS Raleigh (LPD-1) in 1983 at Beirut, Lebanon. General Barrows was making a farewell swing prior to ending his term as Commandant. LT. Dave Wood (then 1st LT. USS Raleigh

    For more photos and information about USS Raleigh, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • USS Raleigh LPD-1
  • Commanding Officers

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

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