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USS Casa Grande (LSD-13)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - November - Hotel
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia/Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba, 1-Dominican Republic) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
Casa Grande Class Dock Landing Ship:
Authorized under the Lend-Lease Act as British Mechanized Artillery Transport BAPM-5
Reclassified Landing Ship Dock LSD-13, 1 July 1942
Contract awarded for LSD-13 to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA., 10 September 1942
LSD-13 was laid down, 11 November 1943 as HMS Spear at Newport New Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News VA.
Launched, 11 April, 1944
Lend-Lease canceled or modified never commissioned in Royal Navy as HMS Portway (F-144)
Commissioned USS Casa Grande (LSD-13), 5 June 1944, LCDR. F. E. Strumm, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Casa Grande was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Leyte landings, 20, 31 October to 9 November and 13 to 21 November 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 3 June 1945
Lingayen Gulf landing, 9 January 1945
Following World War II USS Casa Grande was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|21 to 28 October 1945||1 January to 16 February 1946
|4 to 7 November 1945||
|21 to 27 December 1945||
|19 to 28 February 1946||
Decommissioned, 23 October 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Norfolk Group;
Recommissioned, 1 November 1950
USS Casa Grande was assigned to Occupation service in Europe for the following perod, 4 May to 17 October 1953
Decommissioned, date unknown
Struck form the Naval Register, 11 October 1976
Final Disposition, sold, 6 April 6 1992, for $270,000 to Baxter Shipping Inc, Burbank, CA., fate unknown
USS Casa Grande received three 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 Newport News Shipbuilding steam turbines
two Babcock and Wilcox oil fired D-type boilers, two drum, single furnace, single uptake, 250psi
single Newport New Main Reduction Gears
two turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship' Service Generators
twin propellers, 7,000shp
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||Port bow view of USS Casa Grande (LSD-13) departing Hampton Roads, 30 April 1951. Note USS Missouri (BB-63) at Norfolk Naval Station beyond the bow of Casa Grande
Norfolk Navy Yard photo # NY6 7214.
||USS Casa Grande (LSD-13) at anchor, probably at Leyte, October 1944.
Photo by J.L. Brown.
|William Brown for his father J.L. Brown EM3/c USS Rushmore
||USS Casa Grande (LSD-13) at anchor, date and location unknown.
||USS Casa Grande (LSD-13) discharging LCU-1491 from her well deck, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine September 1957 issue.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||USS Casa Grande (LSD-13) in the Antarctic ice, circa June-July 1969.
||Submitted by Donald Wagner, courtesy Phil Burt, webmaster USS Casa Grande web site
||USS Casa Grande (LSD-13) and USS Nipmuc (ATF-157) moored at Thule, Greenland, circa June-July 1969
||Marc Schenck, Photo by his father LTjg. Bernard Schenck USS Glacier
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