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USS Lindenwald (LSD-6)
USNS Lindenwald (T-LSD-6) (1956 - 1960)
USS Lindenwald (LSD-6) (1943 - 1956)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - November - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba, Dominican Republic) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

Ashland Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Originally authorized as APM-6, a Mechanized Artillery Transport
  • Reclassified Landing Ship Dock LSD-6, 1 July 1941
  • Laid down, 22 February 1943, at Moore Drydock Co. Oakland, CA.
  • Launched, 11 June 1943
  • Commissioned USS Lindenwald (LSD-6), 9 December 1943, CDR. William W. Weaver in command
  • During WWII USS Lindenwald was assigned to 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
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 11 to 22 June 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 30 June 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 20 October. 1 to 9 and 13 to 21 November 1944

  • Decommissioned, 5 April 1947, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Francisco Group
  • Converted for Arctic Service and recommissioned USS Lindenwald LSD-6(A), 18 February 1949
  • USS Lindenwald was assigned to Occupation service in Europe from 20 September 1953 to 24 January 1954
  • Decommissioned and transferred to operational control of the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 12 December 1957
  • Placed in service as USNS Lindenwald (T-LSD-6), 12 December 1957
  • Recommissioned, 1 July 1960
  • Decommissioned, 30 November 1967, at US Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 December 1967
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 25 September 1968, to Union Minerals and Alloys Corp.
  • USS Lindenwald received five battle stars for World War II 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"
    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
    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.
    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)
    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 turbo-drive 150Kw 120V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    twin propellers, 7,400shp
    Arctic Conversion SHIPALTS
    Enclosed Pilot House
    Moved Flying Bridge up one deck
    Enclosed 5"/38 Mount, Gun Director and Plotting Shack
    Peak Tank filled with cement
    Heating and Ventilation systems modified for cold weather operations
    One each 24" Westinghouse carbon-arc signal/search light added outboard on Signal Bridge port and starboard
    Enclosed water-tight bow lookout compartment

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    Lindenwald 74k USS Lindenwald (LSD-6) at anchor, date and location unknown. USS LSM /LSMR Association
    Lindenwald 115k USS Lindenwald (LSD-6) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Carl R. Friberg Jr.
    Lindenwald 99k USS Lindenwald (LSD-6) entering the harbor at Havana, Cuba, 27 January 1956. Walt Kuecks EN3 USS Lindenwald
    Lindenwald 274k USS Lindenwald (LSD-6) under way in the harbor at Rapallo (Genoa), Italy, 6 March 1962. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Lindenwald 99k USS Lindenwald (LSD-6) moored pierside at St. Thomas, Virgin Island, March 1964. Photo by Jay Jones EM3 USN USS Roberts (DE-749)
    Lindenwald 77k USS Lindenwald (LSD-6) under way in Hampton Roads, VA., 18 January 1965.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 107622 taken by PH2 Wood
    Robert Hurst
    Lindenwald 81k USS Lindenwald (LSD-6) under way, date and location unknown. Donald J. Wagner
    Austin 71k USS Lindenwald (LSD-6) and USS Austin (LPD-4) moored pierside, San Juan Puerto Rico, early 1967 Photo by Steve Connelly USS Austin

    For more photos and information about USS Lindenwald, see:
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • Notes from U.S.S. Lindenwald Deck Logs 1951 - 1953

  • Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Weaver Jr., William Wilson, USNR9 December 1943 - 1 December 1944
    02CAPT. Cutler, Roger Williams, USNR1 December 1944 - 5 July 1945
    03LCDR. Owens, Donald Frances, USNR5 July 1945 - 12 December 1945
    04CDR. Clark, Clyton Smith, USN (1934)12 December 1945 - 5 January 1947
    05CDR. Chapman, Herbert Leslie, USN5 January 1947 - 5 April 1947
      Decommissioned5 April 1947 - 18 February 1949
    06CDR. Hawkins, David Delos, USN (1930)18 February 1949 - May 1950
    07CDR. Sleight, Robert Campbell, USN (36)May 1950 - 10 September 1951
    08CDR. West, Gordon Raymond USN10 September 1951 - 30 September 1952
    09CAPT. Ramirez De Arellano, Marion Fredrick USN (1935)30 September 1952 - May 1954
    10CAPT. Shaffer Jr., Larry Ewing, USN (1945)May 1954 - 10 July 1955
    11CDR. Lilly Jr., Percy Anthony, USN (1941) 10 July 1955 - August 1956
    12CDR. Vandergrift Jr., Jacob Jay (Jake) USN (1939)August 1956 - 12 December 1956
      Decommissioned12 December 1956 - 1 July 1960
    13CDR. Howe Jr., George Benjamin1 July 1960 - 1962
    14CDR. McDermott, Frederick Phillip1962 - 4 May 1964
    15CDR. Taylor, James David4 May 1964 - 1965
    16CDR. Downing Jr., Joseph H.1965 - September 1966
    17CAPT. Hufstedler, Edward FranklinSeptember 1966 - September 1967
    18CDR. Laurance, James DouglasSeptember 1967 - 30 November 1967
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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