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USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2)

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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 (2)
Second Row - Navy Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (5) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2)
Third Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Lebanon) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba, 4-Vietnam, 3-Lebanon)
Fourth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (8) - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Armed Forces Service Medal (3)
Fifth Row - Humanitarian Service Medal (1-Beirut Evacuation) - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Sixth Row - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


Iwo Jima Class Amphibious Assault Ship (Helicopter):
  • Laid down, 2 April 1959, at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA.
  • Launched, 17 September 1960
  • Commissioned USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2), 26 August 1961, CAPT. Thomas D. Harris USN in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    17 to 23 August 1965
    11 September to 10 October 1965
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 April to 19 May 1968
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase II
    13 to 20 August 1966
    13 to 29 September 1966
    6 October to 10 November 1966
    31 December 1966 to 19 January 1967
    13 February to 4 March 1967
    Tet/69 Counteroffensive
    26 to 28 May 1969
    5 to 8 June 1969
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase III
    3 November 1967
    14 November 1967 to 3 January 1968
    17 to 29 January 1968
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 June to 20 July 1969
    7 August to 22 September 1969
    3 to 7 October 1969
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 15 Mary 1968
    26 March to 1 April 1968
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    17 to 20 December 1970
    27 to 29 December 1970
    8 to 26 January 1971
    3 February to 7 March 1971
    30 April to 4 May 1971
    10 to 11 May 1971
    19 to 20 May 1971

  • Decommissioned, 14 July 1993, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 24 September 1993
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 18 December 1995, by the Defense Reutilization and Marking Service (DRMS), scrapped at Brownsville, TX.
  • Iwo Jima earned eight campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 11,000 t.(lt) 18,474 t.(fl)
    Length 592'
    Beam 84'
    Flight Deck 105'
    Draft 27'
    Speed 22 kts.
    Complement 667
    Troop Accommodations 2,157
    Aircraft 25 helicopters
    Armament
    (as built) 4 3"/50 AA guns
    (modifications) two 3"/50s removed and replaced with 8 cell Sea Sparrow BPDMS launchers, two Phalanx CIWS added
    Propulsion
    two 600 psi boilers
    one geared steam turbine
    one propeller, 22,000 shp

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    Iwo Jima 73k Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington, VA.
    Official US Marine Corps Photo, by CPL B. M. Richman.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 84k Iwo Jima (LPH-2) under construction at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, 3 April 1961. The ship was 85% completed on this date. Iwo Jima was the first ship of her type built from the keel up by the Navy. Photo - Brian Kroenung
    Caption - Tommy Trampp
    Iwo Jima 42k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) at anchor off Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. circa August - September 1961.
    Official US Navy photos from US Naval Shipyard Puget Sound.
    Robert Hurst
    Iwo Jima 65k
    Iwo Jima 77k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "NAVSEA Journal."
    Bob Bush
    Iwo Jima 104k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) underway in the Atlantic with an unidentified LPD, date unknown. Robert Hurst
    Iwo Jima 133k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) getting underway, date and location unknown. © Ted Meyers
    Iwo Jima 111k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) getting underway, date and location unknown. © Ted Meyers
    Iwo Jima 91k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) underway, in Puget Sound, 2 November 1961.  
    Iwo Jima 224k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) underway in 1963, location unknown. Note the US Marine Corps Sikorsky UH-34D Seahorse helicopters parked on the flight deck.
    US Navy Official photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Iwo Jima 80k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) off the coast of South Vietnam, 1965. Photo by LT. Richard Dawson USS Renville.
    Iwo Jima 84k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) at San Diego, CA., 5 February 1966 © Richard Leonhardt
    Iwo Jima 84k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) at San Diego, CA., 5 February 1966 © Richard Leonhardt
    Iwo Jima 166k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) underway in 1966, location unknown. Note the US Marine Corps Sikorsky UH-34D Seahorse helicopters parked aft.
    US Navy Official photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Iwo Jima 386k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) at anchor while assigned as flagship of Task Force 130, the Apollo 13 Recovery Mission, in April of 1970 Gerd Matthes
    Iwo Jima 420k Rear Admiral Donald C. Davis, Commanding Officer of Task Force 130, the Pacific Recovery Forces for the Manned Spacecraft Missions, welcomes the Apollo 13 crewmembers aboard the USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2), prime recovery ship for the Apollo 13 mission. The crewmembers (from the left) astronauts Fred W. Haise Jr. (waving), lunar module pilot; John L. Swigert Jr., command module pilot; and James A. Lovell Jr., commander; were transported by helicopter to the ship following a smooth splashdown . Lovell Jr., commander; were transported by helicopter to the ship following a smooth splashdown only about four miles from USS Iwo Jima. Splashdown occurred at 12:07:44 p.m. (CST), April 17, 1970, to conclude safely a perilous space flight.
    NASA # S70-35606 (17 April 1970)
    Bill Gonyo
    Iwo Jima 513k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) crewmen hoist the Apollo 13 Command Module aboard ship. The Apollo 13 crewmen were already aboard Iwo Jima when this photo was taken. The Apollo 13 spacecraft splashed down at 12:07:44 p.m., 17 April 1970 in the South Pacific Ocean.
    NASA photo from JSC Digital Image Collection # S70-35632 & GRIN (Great Images In Nasa) GPN-2000-001105
    Robert Hurst
    Iwo Jima 666k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    official US Navy photograph.
    Douglas Church, Storekeeper USS Iwo Jima 1974-77
    Iwo Jima 132k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) moored pierside at Morehead City, N.C. while loading Marines and their equipment for a regularly scheduled deployment to the US Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean, 16-17 October 1973.
    AP wirephotos.
    Tommy Trampp
    Iwo Jima 134k
    Iwo Jima 256k
    Iwo Jima 88k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) underway in the Mediterranean Sea, June 1976 © Richard Leonhardt
    Iwo Jima 71k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) moored pierside at Marseille, France, date unknown. Photo by Philippe Gonzales
    Iwo Jima 70k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) underway in the Mediterranean Sea, June 1976 © Richard Leonhardt
    Iwo Jima 100k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2), at Barcelona, Spain, 11 November 1976.
    Aerial view showing SPN-35 blind-landing radar (in the large radome abaft the island) and two Sea Sparrow BPDMS launchers substituted for twin 3"/50 gun mounts (forward of the island and on the port quarter).
    Photo by Fabio Peña
    Iwo Jima 75k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2), at Barcelona, Spain, 11 November 1976.
    Broadside view with port elevator folded up.
    Photo by Fabio Peña
    Iwo Jima 52k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2), at Barcelona, Spain, 11 November 1976.
    Stern view of Iwo Jima's stern and port quarter. Note Sea Sparrow BPDMS launcher on port sponson, twin 3"/50 mount on starboard sponson.
    Photo by Fabio Peña
    Iwo Jima 51k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2), at Naval Station Rota, Spain, date unknown. Photo by Manolo Budiño
    Iwo Jima 83k A Marine Corps CH-46D Sea Knight from HMM-261 operating aboard USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) in 1978.
    US Navy photo and text from "United States Navy Aircraft since 1911" by Gordon Swanborough & Peter M. Bowers.
    Robert Hurst
    Iwo Jima 1051k A port bow view of USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) underway, 30 April 1979. The "Iwo" and her crew recently completed field exercises at Puerto Rico. She is en route to New York City, where the ship will serve as the host for the Bob Hope Birthday special in May.
    DOD photo # DM-ST-82-09954 ATLANTIC OCEAN (30 April 1979), a US Marine Corps photo by Sgt. McGee, now in the collections of Defense Imagery.mil.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 1528k A starboard bow view of USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) underway, 30 April 1979, fresh from field exercises at Puerto Rico. She is en route to New York City, where the ship will serve as the host for the Bob Hope Birthday special in May.
    DOD photo # DM-ST-82-09955 ATLANTIC OCEAN (30 April 1979), a US Marine Corps photo by Sgt. McGee, now in the collections of Defense Imagery.mil.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 1146k Bow on view of USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) underway, 30 April 1979, en route to New York City, where the ship will serve as the host for the Bob Hope Birthday special in May.
    DOD photo # DM-ST-82-09953 ATLANTIC OCEAN (30 April 1979), a US Marine Corps photo by Sgt. McGee, now in the collections of Defense Imagery.mil.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 1348k During the Bob Hope Show aboard USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2), Bob Hope, Charo and Don Knotts do a skit about the Navy.
    DOD photo # DM-ST-82-09960 NEW YORK CITY (29 May 1979), a US Marine Corps photo by Sgt. McGee, now in the collections of Defense Imagery.mil.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 1376k Following the Bob Hope Birthday Special show aboard USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2), Bob Hope is honored with a cake for his 76th birthday.
    DOD photo # DM-ST-82-09951 NEW YORK CITY (29 May 1979), a US Marine Corps photo by Sgt. McGee, now in the collections of Defense Imagery.mil.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 89k Overhead view of USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) underway in 1980. Note the Navy and Marine aviation squadrons on parade on the flight deck.
    US Navy photo
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 90k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) underway in 1980, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 85k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) underway during NATO Teamwork exercise in Norway, September 1980.
    US Navy photo
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 58k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
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    Iwo Jima 43k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon 1982. Pete Harlem, Courtesy Mario Mederos, USMC
    Iwo Jima 1464k An aerial starboard bow view of Iwo Jima (LPH-2) underway , 24 April 1984, during Exercise Ocean Venture '84, which is a multi-service operational exercise simulating an amphibious landing on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico
    DOD photo # DF-ST-85-09853 CARIBBEAN SEA 20 April 1984), a US Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ken Hammond., now in the collections of Defense Imagery.mil.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 836k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) underway in the harbor at Genoa, Italy, 15 April 1988, during a routine port visit. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Iwo Jima 117k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) underway in 1990, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 86k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) underway, date and location unknown.
    © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 104k USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) underway, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Iwo Jima 1189k Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) look on as she moves away from the pier. Iwo Jima is deploying to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield.
    DOD photo # DM-ST-91-04105 MOREHEAD CITY, North Carolina (11 January 1991), at USMC photo by LCPL Graham, now in the collections of Defense Imagery.mil.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 1260k CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters line the deck of USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) as she departs Morehead City Port Authority for deployment to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Shield.
    DOD photo # DM-ST-91-04286 MOREHEAD CITY, North Carolina (11 January 1991), a USMC photo by LCPL Graham, now in the collections of Defense Imagery.mil.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 1088k
    An aerial view of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard looking west/northwest, 30 October 1995. The shipyard closed, 30 September 1995, but the Navy Intermediate Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF) continues to store decommissioned ships. Vessels visible , left to right: the battleships USS Iowa (BB-61), and USS Wisconsin (BB-64) at the DD wharf; USS Sylvania (AFS-2), USS Milwaukee (AOR-2) and USS Savannah (AOR-4) at pier 5; the aircraft carriers USS Forrestal (CV-59) and USS Saratoga (CV-60); at pier 4; the amphibious assault ships USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) and USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) at pier 2. In the back pool is the heavy cruiser USS Des Moines (CA-134) and numerous destroyers and frigates.DOD photo # DN-SC-97-00422 PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (30 October 1995), a US Navy photo by Robert J. Sitar, now in the collections of Defense Imagery.mil.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Iwo Jima 122k Decommissioned USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in 1994 prior to being towed to Camden, N.J. for stripping before being towed to Brownsville, TX. for scrapping. Photo by Ron Reeves
    Iwo Jima 87k View Northeast of the waterfront at the Philadelphia Navy Yard from the 350 ton crane in 1995. The decommissioned USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) is tied up to Pier 2.
    US Library of Congress HAER PA,51-PHILA,709—4
    Mike Green
    Iwo Jima 114k Looking south of Dry Dock No.1 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard with the ex-USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) in the background in mid-1995, prior to the ship being towed to Brownsville, TX. for scrapping.
    US Library of Congress, HAER PA,51-PHILA,709A—1
    Mike Green

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  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Memorabilia
  • Commanding Officers
  • USS Iwo Jima Class Association
  • USS Iwo Jima Shipmates

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

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