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USNS White Marsh (T-LSD-8)
USS White Marsh (LSD-8) (1944 - 1956)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Lima - Juliet
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia / Europe clasp)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
USS White Marsh (LSD-8) was transferred to the Republic of China and renamed ROCS Chung Cheng (LSD-191)
Ashland Class Dock Landing Ship:
Authorized as Mechanized Artillery Transport APM-8
Reclassified Landing Ship Dock LSD-8, 1 July 1941
Laid down. 7 April 1943, at Moore Drydock Co. Oakland, CA.
Launched, 19 July 1943
Commissioned USS White Marsh (LSD-8), 29 January 1944, CDR. George H. Eppelman, USNR, in command
During World War II USS White Marsh (LSD-8) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaigns and Dates
||Campaigns and Dates
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 to 22 June 1944
Lingayen Gulf landings, 8 to 10 January 1945
|Western Caroline Islands operation
Capture and occupation of Southern Palau Islands, 5 September to 14 October 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 22 June 1945
Leyte landings, 13 to 24 October, 31 October to 9 November and 13 to 21 November 1944
Following World War II USS White Marsh was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 10 September to 26 November 1945
Decommissioned, 15 February 1947, at Norfolk, VA.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Norfolk Group
Recommissioned, 8 November 1950, CDR. C. B. Bright in command
USS White Marsh was assigned to Occupation service in Europe for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|14 September 1951 to 29 January 1952
|20 January to 17 May 1954
Decommissioned, September 1956, and transferred to operational control of MSTS
Placed in service as USNS White Marsh (T-LSD-8)
Placed out of service, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, 15 April 1976
Transferred, on loan, to Taiwan, November 1960, renamed ROCS Chung Cheng (LSD-191)
Permanently transferred to Taiwan, 1 January 1977, ex-USS White Marsh (LSD-8) served in the Nationalist Chinese Navy until replaced by ex-USS Comstock (LSD-19) in 1984
Final Disposition, scrapped in 1985
USS White Marsh earned 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.
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
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)
NSFO 11,720 Bbls
Diesel 160 Bbls
Gasoline 5,085 Gals
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
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| USS White Marsh (LSD-8)
||USS White Marsh (LSD-8) under way, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo
||USS White Marsh (LSD-8) at anchor, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo # USN BUAER photo # 312989.
||USS White Marsh (LSD-8) under way in coastal waters during the 1950s. Note the submarine passing by in the left background.
US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 107624.
||USS White Marsh (LSD-8) at anchor while lowering one of her boats, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, November 1955.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||USS White Marsh (LSD-8) in the harbor at Malta, circa 1952.
US Navy photo.
| ROCS Chung Cheng (LSD-191)
||Ex-USS White Marsh (LSD-8) under way while in Republic of China service as ROCS Chung Cheng (LSD-191), circa 1965.
||ROCS Chung Cheng (LSD-191), at anchor, date and place unknown.
US Navy photo.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
USS White Marsh (LSD-8)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Eppelman, George H., USNR||29 January 1944 - 17 August 1945|
|02||LCDR. Hewitt Jr., John Vance, USNR||17 August 1945 - 1 June 1946|
|03||LCDR. Bartell, Russell James, USNR||1 June 1946 - 15 September 1946|
|04||LT. De Lancey Jr., John Blanchard, USN||15 September1946 - 15 February 1947|
| ||Decommissioned||15 February 1947 - 8 November 1950|
|05||CDR. Bright, Cooper Buck||8 November 1950 - July 1952|
|06||CDR. Reinhardt Jr., William Henry, USN (41)||January 1954 - November 1955|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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