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Contributed by Al Grazevich

USS Duluth (LPD-6)

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November - Victor - Juliet - Uniform
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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 (24MAY72) - Navy Unit Commendation (5)
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (5) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (11) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Op. Frequent Wind, 1-Lebanon, 1-Op. Sharpe Edge Liberia, 2-Op. Restore Hope, Somalia) - Vietnam Service Medal (8) Southwest Asia Service Medal
Fourth Row- Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal - Humanitarian Service Medal (3) - Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon
Fifth Row - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (6) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Austin Class Amphibious Transport Dock:
  • Laid down, 18 December 1963, at the New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Launched, 14 August 1965
  • Commissioned (Special) USS Duluth (LPD-6), 16 December 1965, CAPT. Mark G. Tremaine in command
  • Upon completion of fitting out at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Commissioned in full,CAPT. Mark G. Tremaine in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Duluth (LPD-6) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    27 to 31 May 1967
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    3 to 5 October 1970
    5 to 6 November 1970
    22 to 25 March 1971
    30 March to 1 April 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    1 to 12 June 1967
    27 June 1967
    3 to 19 July 1967
    21 to 31 July 1967
    7 to 15 August 1967
    1 to 10 September 1967
    16 to 29 September 1967
    10 to 31 October 1967
    13 to 15 November 1967
    Consolidation I
    25 to 26 October 1971
    14 to 17 November 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    8 December 1968 to 27 January 1969
    13 to 22 February 1969
    Consolidation II
    12 to 16 December 1971
    23 February 1972
    28 February to 1 March 1972
    Tet/69 Counteroffensive
    23 February to 29 March 1969
    14 April to 27 May 1969
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    1 April to 6 May 1972
    22 May to 11 June 1972
    28 June to 15 July 1972

  • Duluth was assigned to the Amphibious Force, COMNAVSURFPAC
  • Decommissioned, 28 September 2005, at Naval Station San Diego, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 September 2005
  • USS Duluth earned eight campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Title transferred to the Maritime Commission, 27 December 2013
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping
    Specifications:
    Displacement 9,201 t.(lt) 16,914 t.(fl)
    Length 589'
    Beam 105'
    Draft 23 ft.
    Speed 21 kts.
    Complement
    24 Officers
    396 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations 900
    Armament
    two 25 mm MK38 guns
    two Phalanx CIWS
    eight 50 cal. mgs.
    Well Deck Capacity one LCU or four LCM-8 or nine LCM-6 or 24 amphibious assault vehicles (AAV)
    Aircraft none, but telescopic hangar installed aboard. The hangar is not used to accommodate helicopters but on the flight deck there is space for up to six CH-46
    Propulsion
    two Babcock & Wilcox 600 psi boilers
    two Steam Turbines
    two Shafts, 24,000 Shaft Horsepower

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    Duluth 130k Mrs. C. Brice Solomonson, daughter of Vice President Hubert Humphrey Christening Duluth (LPD-6), 14 August 1965, at New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, N.Y. Dale Hargrave
    Duluth 134k USS Duluth (LPD-6) under way, overhead view, date and location unknown. Jerry Hays
    Duluth 158k USS Duluth (LPD-6) under way, overhead view, date and location unknown. Jerry Hays
    Duluth 77k USS Duluth (LPD-6) passes Point Loma as she leaves San Diego heading out to sea, date unknown. .
    Duluth 63k USS Duluth (LPD-6) under way, date and location unknown.  
    Duluth 67k USS Duluth (LPD-6) stands off Wunder Beach, Vietnam during amphibious operations, circa 1972.
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Duluth 141k USS Duluth (LPD-6) under way in San Francisco Bay, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Duluth 115k USS Duluth (LPD-6) under way in San Diego Bay, date unknown. Jack Treutle
    Duluth 84k USS Duluth (LPD-6) conducts operations off the coast of Aden, Yemen, 29 January 2000.
    US Navy photo # 001029-M-0557M-004 by PH1 David Miller.
    Bill Gonyo
    Duluth 70k USS Duluth (LPD-6) leaves her berth at Naval Station San Diego, steaming through San Diego Bay enroute to join elements of the USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG) at the start of a scheduled six-month deployment. Duluth has elements of the 5th Marine Expeditionary Unit on board. .
    US Navy photo # 030106-N-5067K-003 by PH2 Michael D. Kennedy.
    Bill Gonyo
    Duluth 75k USS Duluth (LPD-6) under way off the coast of San Diego, CA., 11 February 2004.
    US Navy photo # 040211-N-8629M-094 by PHAN Rebecca J. Moat.
    Bill Gonyo
    Duluth 108k USS Duluth (LPD-6) returns to Naval Base San Diego after a 15-day underway period to Esquimalt, British Columbia and Seal Beach, Calif. This was Duluthís final underway period after 39 years of service. During her last deployment she supported operations in the Persian Gulf and humanitarian efforts in Southeast Asia. U.S. Navy photo by JOSN Joseph Caballero .
    US Navy photo # 050722-N-3532C-001 by JOSN Joseph Caballero.
    Lee Wahler
    Duluth 196k Ex-USS Duluth (LPD-6) being towed out of Pearl Harbor, HI., 23 October 2013, enroute Brownsville, TX. for scrapping. CAPT. Wade Armstrong, Pearl Harbor Pilots


    For more photos and information about USS Duluth, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • USS Duluth (LPD-6)
  • 2002 Welcome Aboard pamphlet

  • Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Tremaine, Mark George18 August 1966 - 27 August 1966
    02CAPT. Price Jr., Arthur Whyte :RADM 27 August 1966 - 23 January 1968
    03CAPT. Pitz, Marcellus Thompson 23 January 1968 - 9 June 1969
    04CAPT. Moore, Robert Emmett9 June 1969 - 4 October 1970
    05CAPT. Mitchell, John E.4 October 1970 - 6 September 1972
    06CAPT. Hill, Allen Edward (Boot) :RADM6 September 1972 - 14 May 1973
    07CAPT. Whaley, William Semmes (Fish)14 May 1973 - 26 April 1975
    08CAPT. Carroll, Peter August 26 April 1975 - 13 November 1976
    09CAPT. Grimes Jr., Laurence Hill13 November 1976 - 21 May 1978
    10CAPT. Matthews Jr., Paul Calvin21 May 1978 - 1 July 1980
    11CAPT. Strole, Dennis S.1 July 1980 - 21 December 1981
    12CAPT. Hedley, Peter Fraser21 December 1981 - 2 March 1984
    13CAPT. Barry, Kenneth Randolph2 March 1984 - 17 February 1986
    14CAPT. Picotte, Leonard F. (Len) :RADM17 February 1986 - 20 February 1988
    15CAPT. Dow, John I.20 February 1988 - 15 August 1989
    16CAPT. McKinley, John C.15 August 1989 - 6 September 1991
    17CAPT. Magee, Terry Edward6 September 1991 - 27 March 1993
    18CAPT. Ormsbee, Richard B.27 March 1993 - 2 September 1994
    19CAPT. Stevens, Paul Harold2 September 1994 - 21 May 1996
    20CDR. Inbody, Donald Stephen21 May 1996 - 12 December 1997
    21CDR. Cruz, Paul Anthony Gogue12 December 1997 - 8 June 1999
    22CDR. Brunner, Glenn Martin8 June 1999 - 28 February 2000
    23CDR. Gillilland, Shaun C.28 February 2000 - 12 September 2002
    24CDR. Emmert, Charles Gene12 September 2002 - 13 March 2004
    25CDR. Grippin, Larry Dean13 March 2004 - 28 September 2005
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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