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USS Catamount (LSD-17)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - November - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (7)
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (4-Vietnam, 4-Taiwan Straits)- Vietnam Service Medal (7) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (15)
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Casa Grande Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Launched, 22 December 1944, at Newport New Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Commissioned USS Catamount (LSD-17), 15 March 1945, CDR. C. A. Swafford in command
  • During the Korean War USS Catamount participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    20 September to 2 November 1950
    Second Korean Winter
    7 to 18 and 28 to 30 December 1951
    11, 13 to 14, and 20 January 1952
    23 January to 11 February 1952
    20 March to 2 April 1952
    Communist China Aggression
    3 November 1950 to 23 January 1951
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    5 June 1952
    24 to 25 November 1952
    28 December 1952 to 11 January 1953
    First UN Counter Offensive
    1 February to 21 April 1951
    Third Korean Winter
    15 to 31 January 1953
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    22 to 23 and 25 to 27 April 1951
    1 to 5 May 1951

  • During the Vietnam War USS Catamount participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    3 to 5 and 18 to 24 December 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    29 November to 1 December 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    25 to 28 December 1965
    26 January to 19 February 1966
    18 to 22 March 1966
    2 April to 5 May 1966
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    1 to 6 and 8 to 27 January 1969
    13 to 20 February 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    29 April to 10 May 1967
    22 to 25 and 31 May 1967
    Tet 69/Counteroffensive
    25 February to 2 March 1969
    6 to 9 March 1969
    3 to 6 and 19 to 25 April 1969
    29 April to 3 May 1969
    5 to 8 May 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    1 to 4 June 1967
    29 June to 5 July 1967
    18 to 22 July 1967
    18 to 26 August 1967
    5 to 15 October 1967
    26 October to 1 November 1967

  • Decommissioned, 7 April 1970, at Bremerton, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 October 1976
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 4 December 1975 by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for $178,148.15 to Max Rouse & Sons, Beverly Hills, CA.
  • USS Catamount earned seven battle stars for Korean War service and seven 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"
    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)
    Fuel Capacities
    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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    Catamount 121k USS Catamount (LSD-17) under way either during builders trials or soon after commissioning. Ron Atwood
    Catamount 174k USS Catamount (LSD-17) commissioning ceremony, 15 March 1945, at Newport New Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA. Ron Atwood for his father LTjg. Wayne R. Atwood SC USNR USS Catamount
    Catamount 111k
    Catamount 217k
    Catamount 73k
    Catamount 36k USS Catamount (LSD-17) at anchor, circa 1948, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Catamount 89k USS Catamount (LSD-17)'s well deck makes a unique swimming hole for NROTC midshipmen being training in techniques of amphibious warfare.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, September 1949.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Catamount 97k An LCVP bucks in the well of USS Catamount (LSD-17), during mine clearance operations off Chinnampo, North Korea, circa November 1950. USS Forrest Royal (DD-872), flagship for this operation, is in the left background.
    US National Archives photo #80-G-422837, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    Catamount 84k From left to right; unknown LSD, USS USS Colonial (LSD-18), USS Gunston Hall (LSD-5) and USS Catamount (LSD-17) rendezvous at a Japanese port, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine November 1954.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Catamount 65k USS Catamount (LSD-17) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Catamount 65k USS Catamount (LSD-17) under way in San Francisco Bay, 1958.
    Photo by Allied Photographers.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Catamount 77k USS Catamount (LSD-17) under way, circa 1962, location unknown. Photo by George Arthur USS Dynamic (MSO-432), submitted by Floyd Farrar
    Catamount 107k USS Catamount (LSD-17) under way, circa 1962, location unknown. Photo by George Arthur USS Dynamic (MSO-432), submitted by Floyd Farrar
    Catamount 53k USS Catamount (LSD-17) under way, circa 1968, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Catamount 80k USS Catamount (LSD-17) passing Point Loma while out bound to sea from San Diego, date unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.

    USS Catamount (LSD-17)
    DANFS history entry located the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Swafford, Chester Arthur9 April 1945 - 9 September 1946
    02CDR. Fortune Jr., James Hunter USN (33)9 September 1946 - 13 June 1948
    03LCDR. Lienhard, Bernard Aloysus13 June 1948 - 27 January 1950
    04CDR. Loveland, Kenneth :RADM27 January 1950 - 1952
    05CDR. Thompson Jr., Ray Selwyn1952 - 1954
    06CDR. Payne, Raymond1954 - ?
    07CDR. Groff, Bruce Franklin, Sr. no dates
    08CDR. Grabowsky, Leon1957 - ?
    09CDR. Smith, Clayton Waite1960 - 13 October 1962
    10CDR. Slawson, Harry Filmore13 October 1962 - ?
    11CDR. Groff, Bruce Franklin, USN12 August 1967 - ?
    12CDR. Mills, Joel Robert, USN? - 7 April 1970
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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