Dock Landing Ship Photo Index LSD-7 Oak Hill

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Patch at left contributed by Mike Smolinski, patch at right by David Buell

USS Oak Hill (LSD-7)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Sierra - Lima
NXSL
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




<Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - China Service (extended) - American Campaign Medal- Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia or Europe clasp)- National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (7-Quemoy-Matsu) - Vietnam Service Medal (6) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation
Fourth Row - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (15) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)


Ashland Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Originally authorized as (APM-7), a Mechanized Artillery Transport
  • Reclassified Landing Ship Dock (LSD-7), 1 July1941;
  • Laid down, 9 March 1943, at Moore Dry Dock Co. Oakland, CA.
  • Launched, 25 June 1943
  • Commissioned USS Oak Hill (LSD-7), 5 January 1944, CDR. Carl A. Peterson USNR in command
  • During WWII USS Oak Hill was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 to 22 June 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 to 14 October 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 10 June 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 13 to 24 October, 31 October to 9 November and 13 to 21 November 1944
     

  • Following World War II USS Oak Hill was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 to 12 September 19452 December 1945 to 1 February 1946
    27 October to 1 December 1945 
    2 to 6 February 1946 

  • Decommissioned, 17 March 1947, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Recommissioned, 25 January 1951, at San Diego
  • USS Oak Hill was also assigned to Occupation service in Europe from 11 May to 20 September 1954
  • During the Vietnam War USS Oak Hill participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    27 to 28 October 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    2 to 8 June 1967
    29 June to 8 July 1967
    19 to 22 July 1967
    27 July to 2 August 1967
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    1 January to 24 February 1966
    12 March to 1 April 1966
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    2 to 9 September 1968
    20 to 24 September 1968
    28 to 30 September 1968
    12 October to 1 November 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    4 to 14 March 1967
    2 to 5 April 1967
    13 to 23 April 1967
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    2 to 9 November 1968
    5 to 9 December 1968
    20 December to 5 January 1969
    30 January to 2 February 1969
    5 to 7 February 1969

  • Decommissioned, 26 October 1969
  • Struck from the Naval Register 31 October 1969
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 15 April 1970, to Marine Power and Equipment Co., Seattle WA.
  • USS Oak Hill earned five battle stars for World War II 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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    Oak Hill 69k USS Oak Hill (LSD-7) underway, 21 March 1944, location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII web site
    Oak Hill 1079k Aerial views of USS Oak Hill (LSD-7) underway, 21 April 1944, off the coast of California enroute to Pearl Harbor with two Flotilla 13 LCTs aboard. LCT-984 and LCT-982 are loaded stern to stern in Oak Hill's well deck along with numerous LVTs. Photos was taken from a Blimp Squadron (ZP-32) Airship based at Moffett Field, Sunnyvale CA. Photo - David Buell
    Additional Caption Information Walter Slater - LCT-982
    Oak Hill 1192k
    Oak Hill 1086k
    Oak Hill 417k PT Boats of Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron (MTB-37) being eased into their cradles in the flooded well deck of USS Oak Hill (LSD-7) at Espiritu Santo, 24 July 1945, for shipment to Okinawa.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 80-G-326551 from "At Close Quarters: PT Boats on the United States Navy" by Captain Robert J. Bulkley, Jr. USNR (Ret.)
    Robert Hurst
    Oak Hill 81k USS Oak Hill (LSD-7), USS San Marcos (LSD-25), and USS Carter Hall (LSD-3) all recommissioned, 26 January 1951, at the Destroyer Repair Base (Naval Station) San Diego, CA. Photo by Bob Allport, RD2 USN USS Carter Hall, 26 January 1951
    Oak Hill 471k Overhead view of USS Oak Hill (LSD-7) underway in the 1950s, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    David Buell in honor of his father CWO4 Benton E. Buell, USN (Ret), Main Propulsion Assistant USS Oak Hill
    Oak Hill 131k USS Oak Hill (LSD-7) underway in San Francisco Bay, November 1957.
    Photo by Allied Photographers.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Oak Hill 583k USS Oak Hill (LSD-7) change of command pamphlet, cover, 22 October 1960. From the collection of CWO4 Benton E. Buell USN. David Buell
    Oak Hill 456k USS Oak Hill (LSD-7) underway off Point Loma, San Diego, CA., circa early-1960s.
    US Navy photo from PIO Commander Amphibious Force, US Pacific Fleet.
    David Buell in honor of his father CWO4 Benton E. Buell, USN (Ret), Main Propulsion Assistant USS Oak Hill
    Oak Hill 37k USS Oak Hill (LSD-7) at Subic Bay, PI, March 1966. © Richard Leonhardt
    Oak Hill 49k USS Oak Hill (LSD-7) at Oak Hill at Subic Bay PI, January 1969. Photo by Joe Criscione
    Oak Hill 71k USS Oak Hill (LSD-7) at Subic Bay, PI loading YFU-58 and LCU-1499 into her well deck after the two craft had completed a two month yard period at Naval Station Subic Bay, P.I. Oak Hill will carry them back to South Vietnam, circa 1969 Photo by Joe Criscione


    For more photos and information about USS Oak Hill, see:
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Commanding Officers

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

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