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USS Princeton (LPH-5)
USS Princeton (CVS-37) (1953 - 1959)
USS Princeton (CVA-37) (1952 - 1953)
USS Princeton (CV-37) (1945 - 1952)

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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 (25 Mar 1967) [LPH] / Navy Unit Commendation / Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) [LPH]
2nd Row: China Service Medal (extended) / American Campaign Medal / World War II Victory Medal
3rd Row: Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) / National Defense Service Medal (2) [CV & LPH] / Korean Service Medal (8)
4th Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3) [LPH] / Vietnam Service Medal (6) [LPH] / Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Medal with Palm) [LPH]
5th Row: United Nations Korean Medal / Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal / Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Essex Class Aircraft Carrier ("Long Hull" group, aka Ticonderoga Class) / Boxer Class Amphibious Assault Ship (Helicopter):
  • Laid down, 14 September 1943, as USS Valley Forge (CV-37) at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA. as Valley Forge
  • Renamed Princeton, 21 November 1944
  • Launched, 18 July 1945
  • Commissioned USS Princeton (CV-37), 18 November 1945, CAPT. John M. Hoskins in command
  • Decommissioned, 21 June 1949
  • Recommissioned, 28 August 1950
  • Redesignated Attack Aircraft Carrier (CVA-37), 1 October 1952
  • Modified and reclassified Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft Carrier (CVS-37), 12 November 1953
  • Reclassified Amphibious Assault Ship (Helicopter) (LPH-5), 2 March 1959, CAPT. Frank K. Upham II in command
  • Converted at Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Long Beach CA, 19 March through 19 May 1959
  • Decommissioned and Struck from the Naval Register, 30 January 1970
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to Zidell Explorations Inc., Portland, OR. in September 1972, by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS)for $336,697.99
  • USS Princeton earned eight battle stars for Korean War service and six campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Displacement 26,556 t.(lt) 36,457 t.(fl)
    Length 888'
    Beam 138'
    Draft 30' (max.)
    Speed 33 kts.
    Complement 1,200
    Troop Capacity 1,450
    Aircraft 30 Helicopters
    two dual 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    three single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    eight 600 psi boilers
    four steam turbines
    four propellers, 75,000shp

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    Princeton 402k Starboard side view and overhead plan of USS Princeton (LPH-5)
    Plan by A.D. Baker III. Images from "U.S. Aircraft Carriers: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman
    Robert Hurst
    Princeton 216k USS Princeton (LPH-5) probably entering the harbor at Long Beach, CA. while returning from a WESTPAC deployment in May 1962.
    US Navy photo
    Caption - Neil D. Tagle, USMC V-3 Div.
    Photo - Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret)
    Princeton 77k USSPrinceton (LPH-5) underway off Taiwan in February 1960 during a SEATO exercise.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, July 1960.
    Photo - Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Caption - Neil D. Tagle, USMC V-3 Div
    Princeton 173k USS Princeton (LPH-5) underway, date and location unknown
    US Navy photo
    Princeton 126k US Marine Corps HUS-1 helicopters are towed to their launching positions on the flight deck of USS Princeton (LPH-5), 20 March 1960. Note groups of Marines moving aft to board their helicopters.
    US Navy photo # NH 97315 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Princeton 138k USS Princeton (LPH-5) after her 1961 "FRAM" modernization, with UH-34 helicopters on her flight deck.
    US Navy photo # NH 73454 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Princeton 124k Port bow view of USS Princeton (LPH-5) underway in September 1962.
    US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo # 1996.488.060.023
    Mike Green
    Princeton 94k USS Princeton (LPH-5) with a helicopter formation overhead, 15 September 1962.
    US National Archives photo # USN 1062475 a US Navy photo from the collections of the US National Archives
    Ron Reeves
    Princeton 1540k USS Princeton (LPH-5) moored to a buoy in the harbor at Hong Kong BCC in 1964. Allen Smith USS Princeton
    Princeton 50k USS Princeton (LPH-5) moored to a buoy in the harbor at Hong Kong BCC, circa 1960s. Ron Reeves
    Princeton 106k General William Westmoreland, Commander Military Advisory Group, Vietnam, walks up the USS Princeton flight deck with her Commanding Officer, Captain Paul J. Knapp, in late 1964, on the occasion of her delivery of flood relief supplies to northern South Vietnam
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 93799
    Fabio Peņa
    Princeton 222k USS Princeton (LPH-5)'s crew man the rails as the ship enters/leaves port circa 1965.
    US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo # 1996.488.060.030.
    Mike Green
    Princeton 94k U.S. Navy 7th Fleet Amphibious Ready Group underway in March 1965. The ships are (l-r): USS Bexar (APA-237), USS Princeton (LPH-5), USS Thomaston (LSD-28), and USS O'Bannon (DD-450). Sikorsky UH-34D Seahorse helicopters of Medium Helicopter Transport Squadron (HMM-365) fly above the ships while Princetonīs crew spells out the groups' designations "TG 76.5/79.5" on the flight deck.
    US Navy photo from "US Marines in Vietnam: The Landing and the Buildup 1965 Part 6, p. 195."
    Robert Hurst
    Princeton 100k Marine Sikorsky UH-34D Seahorse Helicopters lift off from USS Princeton (LPH-5) to land "Leathernecks" in the Republic of Vietnam during Operation "Jackstay", 26 March 1966. UH-34D in the foreground is Bureau # 148075.
    US Navy photo # K-31422 (Color) by JO1 E.J. Filtz USN, from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Robert Hurst
    Princeton 34k USS Princeton (LPH-5) anchored at Subic Bay, P.I., 2 April 1966 © Richard Leonhardt
    Princeton 49k USS Princeton (LPH-5), and USS Massey (DD-778) anchored at Subic Bay, P.I., 17 May 1966. © Richard Leonhardt
    Princeton 76k USS Princeton (LPH-5) moored at Naval Station Subic, Bay, P.I., in 1966. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Princeton/Chipola 92k USS Princeton (LPH-5) refueling from USS Chipola (AO-63) during operations in the Pacific, 25 June 1968. Photographed by PH3 Carty.
    US Navy photo #USN 1142529 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Princeton 172k The ships of Task Group 76.4, the Amphibious Ready Group, underway in the Pacific, 31 July 1968, led by USS Princeton (LPH-5).
    US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo # 1996.488.060.026.
    Mike Green
    Princeton 56k USS Princeton (LPH-5) heading for Apollo 10, 26 May 1969.
    US Navy photo.
    Princeton 118k Starboard broadside view of USS Princeton (LPH-5) at sea during the operation to recover the Apollo 10 spacecraft in May, 1969. Visible on the flight deck are SH-34 Seabat and SH-3 Sea King helicopters.
    US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo # 2001.205.029
    Mike Green
    Princeton 186k Overhead view of the USS Princeton (LPH-5) during recovery of the Apollo 10 space capsule in May, 1969. The capsule is visible next to the ship.
    US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo # 1996.488.060.028
    Mike Green
    Princeton 186k Broadside view of USS Princeton (LPH-5) at anchor in San Diego Bay, circa 1969.
    US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo # 1996.488.060.029.
    Mike Green
    Princeton 119k Ex-USS Princeton (LPH-5) at Tacoma, WA., for scrapping in April 1972. She was partly scrapped at Tacoma, and finished at Portland, OR.
    Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 89319
    Mike Green

    USS Princeton (CV-37 / CVA-37 / CVS-37 / LPH-5)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Upham II, Frank Kidder, USN (USNA 1934)May 1959 - 31 May 1960
    02CAPT. Brower, Charles Merton (Charlie), USN31 May 1960 - 31 May 1961
    03CAPT. Davie, Theodore Henry, USN31 May 1961 - 1961
    04CAPT. Bigelow, Lavell Meldrum, USN1961 - 10 February 1962
    05CAPT. Cooper, Parker Cleeve, USN10 February 1962 - 31 May 1962
    06CAPT. Smith, Robert Hayes, USN (USNA 1939)31 May 1962 - 10 July 1963
    07CAPT. Boyum, John Hoag, USN, USNA 1940)10 July 1963 - May 1964
    08CAPT. Knapp, Paul Joseph (Snapper), USNMay 1964 -19 June 1965
    09CAPT. Gallagher Jr., Thomas James, USN19 June 1965 - 16 June 1966
    10CAPT. Shepard Jr., Tazewell Taylor, USN (USNA 1942) :RADM16 June 1966 - 1966
    11CAPT. Cochrane, Richard Lull, USN (USNA 1940)1966 - 29 May 1967
    12CAPT. O'Brien, Frank Hammond, USN (USNA 1942)29 May 1967 - 6 August 1968
    13CAPT. Cruse, Carl Mann, USN6 August 1968 - 27 August 1969
    14CAPT. Stephens Jr., Franklin Taylor, USN27 August 1969 - 30 January 1970
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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