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USS Guam (LPH-9)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - (25-26 February 1991) Navy Unit Commendation (6) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (3)
Second Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (6) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (Lebanon) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Dominican Republic, Grenada, Lebanon, Op. Sharp Edge, Liberia, Op Restore Hope, Somalia) - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Armed Forces Service Medal (7)
Fourth Row - Humanitarian Service Medal (2) - Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

Iwo Jima Class Amphibious Assault Ship (Helicopter):
  • Laid down, 15 November 1962, at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched, 22 August 1964
  • Commissioned USS Guam (LPH-9), 16 January 1965, at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA., CAPT. N. E. Thurmon, USN in command
  • Decommissioned, 25 August 1998, at Norfolk Naval Station, Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 August 1998
  • Laid up in the James River Reserve Fleet, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target, 16 October 2001, Location - 031° 14' 22.0" North, 071° 16' 35.0" West: Depth - 1166 fathoms
    Displacement 11,000 tons (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
    (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, Sparrows later replace with two 25mm chain guns
    Propulsion two 600 psi boilers, one geared steam turbine, one shaft, 22,000 shaft horsepower
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    Guam - On July 21 1944 the United States switched its attack on the Marianas to Guam, at the southern end of the island chain. The marine general Roy Geiger, commander of the new III Amphibious Corps, sent the 3rd Marine Division ashore north of Apra Harbor, while the 1st Brigade and the 77th Infantry Division attacked south of Apra. Both assaults struck the west side of the island, the same place as the Japanese conquest of Guam on December 10, 1941. Guam was defended by some 19,000 troops under General Takeshi Takashina. The southern beachhead had been pressed inland a mile by nightfall of the first day. But it took the 3rd Marine Division in the north four days of the hardest fighting on the island to push a mile inland and link up the two beach heads. On the night of July 25-26, the Japanese mounted fierce counterattacks, which were beaten back only by narrow margins. The 1st Brigade then completed the mop up of Orote Peninsula between the two landing beaches. Meanwhile, on July 31, the 3rd Marine and the 77th Infantry divisions, left to right abreast, struck northeast. A week later the 1st Brigade came into the line and on the left, adding an impetus to an already steady advance. On August 10, the assault reached the northern tip of the island, returning Guam to US control. The re-conquest cost 7,800 American casualties -- 6,716 marines, 839 40 soldiers, and 245 sailors, including 1,023 dead.
    Photo - Marines plant flag on Guam (Wikipedia)
    Map - Battle of Guam 21 July - 10 August 1944 (Wikipedia)
    Tommy Trampp
    Guam 270k The prefabricated island structure for Guam (LPH-9) is lowered into place in November 1964, at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA.
    Photo from the "Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine", 29 November 1964
    Ron Reeves
    Guam 426k Guam (LPH-9) under construction in Drydock #5 at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA., 22 August 1964. Dale Hargraves
    284k Christening and launching of Guam (LPH-9) at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA., 9 November 1964. The ship's sponsor was was Mrs. Vaughn H. Emory Green.
    U.S. Navy photos
    Dale Hargrave
    Guam 330k USS Guam (LPH-9) under way, 2 June 1966, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Kevin Brent
    46k USS Guam (LPH-9) Gemini XI Recovery Patch. Jim Shultz
    305k USS Guam (LPH-9) during the Gemini 11 recovery operation, September 1966. SH-3A Sea King Helicopters from HS-3 "Tridents." on the flight deck, the recovery helo was BuNo 152134, modex AU63.
    Photo from the collection of Don Blair, submitted by Bob Fish (Trustee, USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum)
    Bob Canchola
    Guam 42k USS Guam (LPH-9) under way, date and location unknown.  
    Guam 40k USS Guam (LPH-9) under way, date and location unknown.  
    Guam 63k USS Guam (LPH-9) under way, date and location unknown.  
    Guam 57k USS Guam (LPH-9) refueling from a tanker in the Caribbean Sea, March 1967. © Richard Leonhardt
    260k A Sikorsky UH-34D Seahorse helicopters of Marine Medium Helicopter Transport Squadron 162 (HMM-162) approaches USS Guam (LPH-9). Guam was assigned to Task Group 44.9 in the Caribbean Sea from December 1966 to 6 May 1967.
    U.S. Navy photo from the USS Guam (LPH-9) 1966-1967 cruise book
    Robert Hurst
    Guam 61k USS Guam (LPH-9) under way in 1967, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Guam 151k USS Guam (LPH-9) at anchor, date and location unknown.  
    Guam 86k USS Guam (LPH-9) under way with the assistance of a tug, date and location unknown.  
    Guam 106k USS Guam (LPH-9) moored at Naval Station Norfolk, 15 June 1974. Photo by S. Dale Hargrave
    Guam 99k A World War Two era F4-U Corsair fighter plane is lifted from the flight deck of USS Guam (LPH-9) docked at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in July, 1976. This plane, and others of similar vintage, were placed aboard the decommissioned USS Intrepid (CVS-11) in New York harbor for the Naval Bicentennial celebration which began 4 July 1976.
    "Philadelphia Evening Bulletin", George D. McDowell Collection,Photo No P558096B
    Mike Green
    Trenton/Guam 48k USS Guam (LPH 9) and USS Trenton (LPD 14) off Barcelona, Spain, the afternoon of 16 January 1977. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Guam 372k USS Guam (LPH-9), at Barcelona, Spain. Aerial view, starboard quarter, 23 January 1977, Guam deployed with Marine Composite Helicopter Squadron HMM-264(C), tail code "EH." Parked on the flight deck are CH-46F Sea Knights from HMM-264 "Black Knights," CH-53D Sea Stallions from the HMH Detachment, and a single UH-1N Iroquois from the HML Detachment. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Guam 476k USS Guam (LPH-9), at Barcelona, Spain, 30 January 1977. Port quarter view. Showing the two BPDMS launchers, one forward of the island and the other one on the port quarter, with twin 3"/50 gun mounts on the starboard quarter (and another one just forward of the island, not visible here). Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Guam 81k USS Guam (LPH-9), at Barcelona, Spain, 1 February 1977. Broadside view shows the port elevator in the unfolded position, with hangar doors shut, and radome abaft the island, housing an SPN-35 blind-approach radar. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Trenton 160k In the early hours 17 January 1977, an LCM(6) from the USS Trenton (LSD-14), carrying Guam (LPH-9) and Trenton sailors and marines back from shore leave, collided with a merchant vessel which was entering the port, and capsized. Forty-nine servicemen were killed in the accident. Shortly afterwards a small monument was erected nearby. The memorial reads;
    "In memory of the members of the US Navy and US Marine Corps serving on the USS Guam and the USS Trenton who perished in this port on 17 January 1977, and in gratitude to the citizens, officials and rescue teams of Barcelona for their cooperation with the US Forces".
    Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Guam 1350k USS Guam (LPH-9) under way off the coast of Lebanon during flight operations in 1982.
    Department of Defense photo # DM-ST-84-07375 BEIRUT, LEBANON 15 November 1983 a US Marine Corps photo by GYSGT Lucas now in the collections of
    Robert M. Cirei
    218k USS Guam (LPH-9) underway, date and location unknown. Nicolas Tiberio
    Guam 951k A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter (fore) and a CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter (aft) on the flight deck of USS Guam (LPH-9) underway off the coast of Lebanon during flight operations in 1982.
    Department of Defense photo # DM-ST-84-07366 BEIRUT, LEBANON 15 November 1983 a US Marine Corps photo by GYSGT Lucas now in the collections of
    Robert M. Cieri
    Guam 1230k CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters and an AH-1J Sea Cobra helicopter are parked on the forward flight deck of USS Guam (LPH-9) underway off the coast of Lebanon during flight operations in 1982.
    Department of Defense photo # DM-ST-84-07371 BEIRUT, LEBANON 15 November 1983 a US Marine Corps photo by GYSGT Lucas now in the collections of
    Robert M. Cieri
    Guam 1267k A CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter of the "Chargers", Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Six (HC-6), Detachment 3, delivers supplies to USS Guam (LPH-9) underway off the coast of Lebanon during a vertical replenishment (VERTREP) in 1982.
    Department of Defense photo # DN-ST-85-08034 BEIRUT, LEBANON 1 March 1984 a US Navy photo by PHC Chet King now in the collections of
    Robert M. Cieri
    Guam 812k USS Guam (LPH-9) moored pierside at Marseille, France, date unknown. Photo by Philippe Gonzales
    143k A U.S. Navy Sikorsky RH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter preparing to take off from the flight deck of USS Guam (LPH-9) during flight operations off Beirut, Lebanon, 1 April 1983. The ship was providing support to the U.S. Marines deployed in Lebanon as part of a multinational peacekeeping force following confrontation between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization.
    U.S. DefenseImagery photo VIRIN: DM-SC-87-12101
    Robert Hurst
    Guam 56k USS Guam (LPH-9) under way off Grenada, circa October to November 1983. Photo by John Bushell RN, HMS Antrim
    Guam 542k A mixed group of assault helicopters including a Sikorsky RH-53 Sea Stallion, a Boeing-Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight and two Bell UH-1N Iroquois on the flight deck of USS Guam (LPH-9), while lying off Grenada, in October 1983.
    USN photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Guam 353k View of USS Guam (LPH-9)'s portside elevator while under repair at Old Dominion Shipyard, Norfolk, VA. in 1987.
    Courtesy Ray D. Beans Collection.
    Yu Chu
    166k USS Guam (LPH-9) flight deck crewmen removing tie-down chains from a Bell UH-1N Iroquois (BuNo 158230) "Twin Huey" helicopter, 6 August 1987. UH-1N (159230) was converted to an HH-1N and finally retired to the AMARC ( Aircraft Maintenance And Regeneration Center) as 7H0235, 15 April 1993.
    U.S. DefenseImagery photo VIRIN: DN-SC-88-00944, a US Navy photo by PH3 Cleveland
    Robert Hurst
    Guam 104k USS Guam (LPH-9) cuts through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean en route to the Mediterranean Sea for a six month deployment, 10 October 1997. Guam and George Washington Battle Group were transiting the Atlantic Ocean to relieve the John F. Kennedy Battle Group.
    US Navy photo #971010-N-0210C-003 by PH2 (AC) Robert Catalano.
    Bill Gonyo
    Guam 876k USS Guam (LPH-9) at anchor in the harbor at Genoa, Italy, date unknown. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Guam 95k USS Guam (LPH-9) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo by Kris White from "All Hands" magazine, February 1998.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Guam 60k USS Guam (LPH-9) under way with three Marine Corps AV-8A Harrier V/STOL aircraft on deck, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    110k USS Guam (LPH-9) underway, date and location unknown. Nicolas Tiberio

    For more photos and information about USS Guam, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • USS Guam (LPH-9) Association
  • USS Iwo Jima Class Association
  • Ron Reeves USS Guam (LPH-9) Photo Collection
  • USS Guam (LPD-9) Commissioning Ceremony booklet
  • Amphibious Squadron (12 CARIB 1-69 February - June 1969) Dependants Guide
  • USS Guam Calendar Year 1983 History

  • Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Thurmon, Norman Edwin, USN :ADM16 January 1965 - 9 August1966
    02CAPT. De La Mater, Stephen Truesdall9 August 1966 - 11 August 1967
    03CAPT. Dixon, William Chalmers11 August 1967 - 9 August 1968
    04CAPT. Coulter, William Guy,9 August 1968 - 5 December 1969
    05CAPT. Renaldi, Richard Raymond,5 December 1969 - 2 April 1971
    06CAPT. Austin, Kenneth Burdette, USN2 April 1971 - 26 July 1973
    07CAPT. Holcomb, Martin Staser, USN (USNA 1953) :VADM26 July 1973 - 3 May 1974
    08CAPT. McKnight, Jesse E.3 May 1974 - 30 December 1975
    09CAPT. Stanley, Thomas A.30 December 1975 - 14 January 1978
    10CAPT. Miller Jr., Curtis William, USN (USNA 1953)14 January 1978 - 7 July 1979
    11CAPT. Chase III, Henri Bertram (Bert), :RADM7 July 1979 - 15 September 1980
    12CAPT. Weseleskey, Allen E. (Wes)15 August 1980 - 26 March 1982
    13CAPT. Jesberg, Ronald Hans :RADM26 March 1982 - 1 July 1983
    14CAPT. Quarterman Jr., John Maye, USN (USNA 1961)1 July 1983 - 27 April 1985
    15CAPT. Kiem, Robert Lang27 April 1985 - 15 December 1986
    16CAPT. Cebrowski, Arthur Karl :VADM 15 December 1986 - 25 July 1988
    17CAPT. Hanke, Robert R.25 July 1988 - 9 February 1990
    18CAPT. Saffell Jr., Charles :RADM9 February 1990 - 13 June 1991
    19CAPT. Stubbs, Gary W.13 June 1991 - 24 January 1993
    20CAPT. Barnes, Thomas D.24 January 1993 - 19 June 1994
    21CAPT. Architzel, David, USN (USNA 1973) :RADM19 June 1994 - 29 February 1996
    22CAPT. Molloy Jr., William Dennis, USN (USNA 1974)29 February 1996 - 30 May 1997
    23CAPT. Luti, William J.30 May 1997 - 25 August 1998
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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