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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 (2-Lebanon) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Dominican Republic, 1-Grenada, 1-Lebanon, 1-Op. Sharp Edge, Liberia, 1-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, CAPT. N. E. Thurmon 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
    Specifications:
    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
    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, 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 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., 9 November 1964. Ron Reeves
    Guam 42k USS Guam (LPH-9) underway, date and location unknown.  
    Guam 40k USS Guam (LPH-9) underway, date and location unknown.  
    Guam 63k USS Guam (LPH-9) underway, date and location unknown.  
    Guam 57k USS Guam (LPH-9) refueling from a tanker in the Caribbean Sea, March 1967. © Richard Leonhardt
    Guam 151k USS Guam (LPH-9) at anchor, date and location unknown.  
    Guam 86k USS Guam (LPH-9) underway 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
    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) underway 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 DefenseImagry.mil
    Robert M. Cirei
    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 DefenseImagry.mil
    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 DefenseImagry.mil
    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 DefenseImagry.mil
    Robert M. Cieri
    Guam 812k USS Guam (LPH-9) moored pierside at Marseille, France, date unknown. Photo by Philippe Gonzales
    Guam 56k USS Guam (LPH-9) underway 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 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) underway, 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) underway with three Marine Corps AV-8A Harrier V/STOL aircraft on deck, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst


    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
  • Commanding Officers

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

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