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USS Epping Forest (MCS-7)
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USS Epping Forest (LSD-4) (1943 - 1962)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Yankee - Golf
NXYG
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6) - World War II Victory Medal
Second Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (5) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (6-Vietnam)
Third Row - Vietnam Service Medal (6) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
Fourth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal


Ashland Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Originally authorized as (APM-4), a Mechanized Artillery Transport
  • Reclassified as Dock Landing Ship (LSD-4), 1 July 1941
  • Laid down 23 November 1942, at Moore Drydock Co. Oakland CA;
  • Launched, 2 April 1943
  • Commissioned USS Epping Forest (LSD-4), 11 October 1943, LCDR. L. Martin, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Epping Forest was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marshall Islands operation
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January to 8 February 1944
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 26 July 1944
    Hollandia operation, 21 to 26 April and 28 April to 2 May 1944 Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 13 to 24 October, 31 October to 9 November and 13 to 21 November 1944
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, Peleliu, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 30 June 1945

  • Decommissioned, 25 March 1947, at San Diego, CA.
  • Placed in Reserve at Long Beach CA.
  • Recommissioned, 1 December 1950
  • During the Korean War USS Epping Forest participated in the following campaigns;
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    18 July to 25 September 1951
    9 November 1951
    Third Korean Winter
    1 to 6 and 12 to 19 December 1952
    21 February to 1 March 1953
    8 to 15 March 1953
    Second Korean Winter
    5 to 6 and 17 to 19 December 1951
    Korea, Summer-Fall 1953
    28 May to 7 June 1953
    12 June to 14 July 1953
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    29 October to 17 November 1952
    27 to 30 November 1952
     

  • Redesignated Mine Countermeasures Support Ship (MCS-7) 30 November 1962
  • During the Vietnam War USS Epping Forest participated in the following campaigns;
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    4 to 19 July 1965
    25 September to 22 October 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    4 to 11 June 1967
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    2 to 14 March 1966
    9 to 10 and 23 to 25-May 1966
    7 to 9 June 1966
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase IV
    24 April to 24 May 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    12 September to 6 October 1966
    21 March to 14 April 1967
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    4 to 20 August 1968

  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1968
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 30 October 1969
  • USS Epping Forrest earned six battle stars for World War II service, five battle stars for Korean War service and six campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence, 7 April 1944)
    Displacement 4,032 (light draft), 7,930 (seagoing - loaded)
    Length 457' 9" o.a.
    Beam 72"
    Draft
    8' 2 ½" fwd, 10' ½" aft (light draft)
    15' 5 ½" fwd, 16' 2" aft (seagoing loaded)
    Speed 17 kts (design speed)
    Endurance 8,000 miles @ 15 knots
    Complement
    Officers 17
    Enlisted 237
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 22
    Enlisted 218
    Well Deck Capacity (varies with mission)
    three LCT (Mk V or VI) each w/ 5 medium tanks or
    two LCT (Mk III or IV) each w/ 12 medium tanks or
    fourteen LCM (Mk III) each w/ 1 medium tank or 1, 500 long tons cargo or
    forty-seven DUKW or
    forty-one LVT or
    Any combination of landing vehicles and landing craft up to capacity
    Aircraft (still in commission in late 40's or early 50's) were fitted/retro-fitted with a prefabricated steel grated "Portable Deck" suspended between the wing walls and supported by removable I-beam girders. The aft end of the portable deck contained a wooden helicopter platform, enabling the ship to land and launch 1 helicopter at a time. Stowage of helicopters was limited to capacity of the portable deck installed for the mission. Aircraft servicing was limited to re-fueling. With portable deck and aircraft platform installed, the Landing ship, dock was still capable of transporting, launching and repairing smaller amphibious craft and vehicles up to the size of a Landing craft, utility (LCU) in their well decks.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount in open tub (w/director)
    two quad 40mm AA gun mounts (w/directors)
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts (w/directors)
    sixteen single 20mm AA gun mounts (local control)
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 11,720 Bbls
    Diesel 160 Bbls
    Gasoline 5,085 Gals
    Propulsion
    two Skinner Uniflow 5-cylinder reciprocating steam engines
    two Babcock and Wilcox oil fired D-type boilers, two drum, single furnace, single uptake, 250psi
    Ship's Service Generators
    two trubo-drive 150Kw 120V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    twin propellers, 7,400shp

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    USS Epping Forest (LSD-4)
    Epping Forest 192k USS Epping Forest (LSD-4) crew photo, probably taken in the Los Angeles area soon after the ship was commissioned.
    Photo by Thompson Photo Studios, Los Angeles.
    Teri Williams Easterling for her father Lomas Bryant Williams USS Epping Forest
    Epping Forest 30k USS Epping Forest (LSD-4), date and location unknown. USS Gunston Hall web site
    Epping Forest 219k USS Epping Forest (LSD-4) in November 1953 at the start of her overhaul at Mare Island Naval Shipyard when her helicopter deck was added.
    US Navy photo from the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    Epping Forest 56k USS Epping Forest (LSD-4), leaving San Diego, 1956. Note Coronado Ferry entering photo at far left. Dale C Haskin
    Peacock 65k Epping Forest (LSD 4) "mothering" coastal minesweeper USS Peacock (MSC-198)
    U.S. Navy photo from the July 1962 edition of All Hands magazine
    Robert Hurst
    USS Epping Forest (MCS-7)
    Epping Forest 65k USS Epping Forest (MCS-7), circa 1962, western Pacific.
    US Navy photo.
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships


    For more photos and information about USS Epping Forest, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Western Caroline Islands Attack Landing Order
  • Beach White Peleliu - CTF 32 Operation Plan A501-44 Appendix 4 to Annex "D"
  • "Epping Forest History Supporting Mine Sweeping Boats" by Ed Sinclair
  • Commanding Officers

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

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