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USS Valley Forge (LPH-8)
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USS Valley Forge (CVS-45) (1954 - 1961)
USS Valley Forge (CVA-45) (1952 - 1954)
USS Valley Forge (CV-45) (1946 - 1952)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation (3)
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (8)
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (5-Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (9) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (9)
Fourth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Boxer Class Amphibious Assault Ship (Helicopter):
  • Laid down, 7 September 1944, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia PA.
  • Launched, 18 November 1945
  • Commissioned USS Valley Forge (CV-45), 3 November 1946, CAPT. John W. Harris, in command
  • During the Korean War USS Valley Forge (CV-45 / CVA-45) participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    2 July to 12 September 1950
    18 September to 2 November 1950
    Second Korean Winter
    9 December 1951 to 17 January 1952
    1 to 20 February 1952
    5 March to 2 April 1952
    16 to 30 April 1952
    Communist China Aggression
    3 to 19 November 1950
    22 December 1950 to 24 January 1951
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    1 to 14 May 1952
    26 May to 11 June 1952
    Inchon Landing
    13 to 17 September 1950
    Third Korean Winter
    2 to 22 January 1953
    11 February to 15 March 1953
    29 March to 11 April 1953
    22 to 30 April 1953
    First UN Counter Offensive
    25 January to 26 March 1951
    Korea, Summer-Fall 1953
    1 to 14 May 1953
    27 May to 6 June 1953

  • Reclassified Attack Aircraft Carrier (CVA-45), 1 October 1952
  • Modified at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth VA., and reclassified Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft Carrier (CVS-45), 1 January 1954
  • Reclassified Amphibious Assault Ship (Helicopter) (LPH-8), 1 July 1961, CAPT. Clarence A. Melvin, in command
  • Converted at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth VA., March through July 1961
  • During the Vietnam War USS Valley Forge (LPH-8) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Defense Campaign
    6 to 7 October 1965
    7 to 18 November 1965
    25 November to 24 December 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 to 15 April 1968
    27 April to 16 June 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    25 December 1965
    6 January 1966
    26 January to 1 March 1966
    8 March 1966
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    5 to 7 July 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    30-September to 2 October 1966
    26 October to 6 November 1966
    Tet 69/Counteroffensive
    3 to 20 April 1969
    2 May to 8 June 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    28 November to 3 December 1967
    18 December 1967 to 29 January 1968
    30 January to 19 February 1968
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 to 14 June 1969
    7 July to 15 August 1969
    2 to 6 September 1969
    Tet Counteroffensive
    1 March to 1 April 1968
     

  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 15 January 1970
  • Turned over to the Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, San Diego CA, 16 January 1970
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 29 October 1971, to Nicolai Joffre Corp., Beverly Hills, CA.
  • USS Valley Forge was awarded eight battle stars for Korean War service and nine campaign stars for Vietnam War service, as well as three Navy Unit Commendations
    Specifications:
    Displacement 26,556 t.(lt) 36,457 t.(fl)
    Length 888'
    Beam 138'
    Draft 30' (max.)
    Speed 33 kts.
    Complement 1,200
    Troop Accommodations 1,450
    Aircraft 30 Helicopters
    Armament two dual 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    Propulsion
    eight 600 psi M-type B&W boilers
    four steam turbines
    four turbo-drive 750Kw Ship's Service Generators
    four shafts, 75,000shp
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    Valley Forge 227k USS Valley Forge (LPH-8) underway, date an location unknown. Brian Kline
    Valley Forge 220k
    Valley Forge 97k USS Valley Forge (LPH-8) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
     
    Valley Forge 7k USS Valley Forge (LPH-8) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
     
    Mt. Baker 100k USS Mount Baker (AE-4) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with USS Paul Revere (APA-248) and USS Valley Forge (LPH-8) during a WestPac deployment, circa 1960-1962.
    US Navy photo.
    Charles Schiele, Radioman, Comservron Three
    Valley Forge 160k US Marines double-time across the flight deck of USS Valley Forge (LPH-8) on their way to boarding Sikorsky HUS-1 (later UH-34D) "Seahorse" helicopters, during Exercise "Pot Shot", circa 1961-62. Note aircrewman standing by the helicopter at right.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 96957
    Robert Hurst
    Valley Forge 96k USS Valley Forge (LPH-8) getting underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, August 1962
    Joe Radigan
    Valley Forge 94k USS Valley Forge (LPH-8) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, August 1962
    Joe Radigan
    Valley Forge 91k USS Valley Forge (LPH-8) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, September 1963
    Joe Radigan
    Valley Forge 170k USS Valley Forge (LPH-8) underway in the Pacific Ocean, circa 1962-63, prior to her "FRAM II" overhaul. She has fifteen UH-34D "Seahorse" helicopters spotted in take-off positions on her flight deck.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 96946
    Robert Hurst
    Valley Forge 154k USS Valley Forge (LPH-8) in the South China Sea, circa 1964-65. Valley Forge off-loaded fixed wing aircraft at Taiwan (note aircraft spotted on her after flight deck) and helicopters in Vietnam.
    US Navy photo
     
    Valley Forge 5784k USS Valley Forge (LPH-8) underway, circa 1963 to 1965, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Deven Rittal
    Valley Forge 158k USS Valley Forge (LPH-8) underway while transporting A-4 "Skyhawk" attack aircraft in addition to her usual complement of UH-34D "Seahorse" helicopters, circa 1965. She also has cargo and vehicles stowed on her flight deck, near the island.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 96945
    Robert Hurst
    Valley Forge 101k USS Valley Forge (LPH-8) at sea, 30 May 1964, with Marine Corps UH-34 helicopters spotted on her flight deck. Photographed by Salter.
    US Navy photo # USN 1104168, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Valley Forge 37k USS Valley Forge (LPH-8) at anchor in 1965, location unknown. Note UH-34 Seahorse helicopters and a single UH-1B Seawolf on deck.
    US Marine Corps photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Valley Forge 39k USS Valley Forge (LPH-8) off the coast of Danang, Vietnam, 1968. Pete Harlem, Courtesy Bruce Johnson USMC
    Valley Forge 89k USS Valley Forge (LPH-8) with Marine Corps CH-46 helicopters embarked, probably during operations off South Vietnam, circa 1968. USS Thomaston (LSD-28) is in the background, at right. Photo was received by "All Hands" magazine on 30 July 1968.
    US Navy photo # NH 96947 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Valley Forge 823k USS Valley Forge (LPH-8) underway in 1968, location unknown. Tom Bateman
    Valley Forge 45k USS Valley Forge (LPH-8) off the coast of Danang, Vietnam, 1968. Pete Harlem, Courtesy Bruce Johnson USMC
    Valley Forge 60k USS Valley Forge (LPH-8) off the coast of Danang, Vietnam, 1968. Pete Harlem, Courtesy Bruce Johnson USMC
    Valley Forge 73k USS Valley Forge (LPH-8) off the coast of Danang, Vietnam, circa 1968. Pete Harlem
    Valley Forge 45k USS Valley Forge (LPH-8), WESTPAC, September 1969 in transit from Danang to Yokosuka on her way home for decommissioning Ramon Jackson

    USS Valley Forge (LPH-8) ex (CV-45)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Melvin, Clarence Agee7 September 1960 - 16 September 1961
    02CAPT. Jackson, Henry Smith16 September 1961 - 31 October 1962
    03CAPT. Fidel, John Anthony31 October 1962 - 20 September 1963
    04CAPT. Parks, John Edward20 September 1963 - 24 September 1964
    05CAPT. Conatser, Charles Neal24 September 1964 - 7 August 1965
    06CAPT. Madson, Richard Oscar7 August 1965 - 12 August 1966
    07CAPT. Carr, Charles Harrison12 August 1966 - 1. December 1967
    08CAPT. Payne, Paul Elbert1 December 1967 - 25 November 1968
    09CAPT. Henderson, David William25 November 1968 - 11 December 1969
    10CDR. Schock, Robert Edson 11 December 1969 - 15 January 1970
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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