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Patch contributed by Chuck Sanders

USS Fort Mandan (LSD-21)

International Radio Call sign:
November - Zulu - Golf - Lima
NZGL
Tactical Voice Radio Call "Killer Uniform"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal



USS Mandan (LSD-21) was transferred to Greece and renamed HS Nafkratousa (L-153)
Casa Grande Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 2 January 1945, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
  • Launched, 2 June 1945
  • Commissioned USS Fort Mandan (LSD-21), 31 October 1945, LCDR. W. A. Caughey, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, 16 January 1948
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 25 October 1950, CAPT. Philip D. Quirk, USN, in command
  • USS Mandan earned the Occupation Service Medal, with Europe clasp, for service from 6 October 1952 to 26 January 1953 in European waters
  • Decommissioned, 23 January 1971
  • Transferred to Greece under the Security Assistance Program 23 January 1971, renamed HS Nafkratousa (L-153)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 February 1980
  • Foreign Naval Service
    Sold to Greece, 8 February 1980
    Decommissioned by the Greek Navy in February 2000
    Final Disposition, sold for scrap in November 2001 to be dismantled at Aliaga, Turkey

    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 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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    Fort Mandan 49k USS Fort Mandan (LSD-21) at anchor, circa 1946, location unknown. William H Davis
    Fort Mandan 84k USS Fort Mandan (LSD-21) lies at anchor with her stern gate open waiting for her "brood" to return. Note the cranes and grating over the well deck which houses some 12 small boats, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine May 1947 issue
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Fort Mandan 50k USS Fort Mandan (LSD-21) underway, circa 1947, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Fort Mandan 71k USS Fort Mandan (LSD-21) underway in the Chesapeake Bay, July 1964. © Richard Leonhardt
    Fort Mandan 153k USS Fort Mandan (LSD-21) at Genoa, Italy, 24 August 1965 Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Fort Mandan 37k USS Fort Mandan (LSD-21) underway in the Caribbean after completing an UNREP with USS Aldebaran (AF-10), circa 1967. This photo was taken by Bruce Johnson from an unidentified LPH, possibly USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7). Pete Harlem, Courtesy Bruce Johnson USMC HMM-261
    Aldebaran 52k USS Fort Mandan (LSD-21) comes alongside USS Aldebaran (AF-10) as they prepare to commence and UNREP, Caribbean Sea, circa 1967. This photo was taken by Bruce Johnson from an unidentified LPH, possibly USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7). Pete Harlem, Courtesy Bruce Johnson USMC HMM-261
    Aldebaran 43k USS Fort Mandan (LSD-21) comes alongside USS Aldebaran (AF-10) as they prepare to commence and UNREP, Caribbean Sea, circa 1967. This photo was taken by Bruce Johnson from an unidentified LPH, possibly USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7). Pete Harlem, Courtesy Bruce Johnson USMC HMM-261
    Fort Mandan 26k USS Fort Mandan (LSD-21) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Fort Mandan (LSD-21) web site
    Fort Mandan 26k USS Fort Mandan (LSD-21) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Fort Mandan (LSD-21) web site
    Fort Mandan 46k USS Fort Mandan (LSD-21) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Chuck Sanders USS Fort Mandan
    Fort Mandan 132k USS Fort Mandan (LSD-21) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Chuck Sanders USS Fort Mandan
    Fort Mandan 40k USS Fort Mandan (LSD-21) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Chuck Sanders USS Fort Mandan
    Fort Mandan 58k USS Fort Mandan (LSD-21) underway in 1970, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Chuck Sanders USS Fort Mandan
    HNS Nafkratousa (L-153)
    Fort Mandan 93k Ex-Fort Mandan (LSD-21) in Greek service as HNS Nafkratousa (L-153) underway, date and location unknown.
    Official Hellenic Navy photo
    Tony Vrailas
    Fort Mandan 80k HNS Nafkratousa (L-153) underway, date and location unknown. Chuck Sanders USS Fort Mandan
    Fort Mandan 48k HNS Nafkratousa (L-153) at anchor, date and location unknown. Chuck Sanders USS Fort Mandan
    Fort Mandan 74k HNS Nafkratousa (L-153) loading the ex-US LCU-827, now in Greek service as Skiathos (L-152), into her well deck, date and location unknown.
    Official Hellenic Navy photo
    Tony Vrailas
    Ringgold 224k Ship's present at the Greek Salamis Naval Base, 31 August 1979 include six Greek Fletcher-class destroyers;
    HS Kimon (D-42) (ex-USS Ringgold (DD-500),
    HS Nearchos (D-65) (ex-USS Wadsworth (DD-516),
    HS Sfendoni (D-85) (ex-USS Aulick (DD-569),
    HS Aspis (D-06) (ex-USS Connor (DD-582),
    HS Lonchi (D-56) (ex-USS Hall (DD-583),
    and HS Velos (D-16) (ex-USS Charrette (DD-581).
    Also visible are the landing ships HS Nafkratoussa (L-153) (ex-USS Fort Mandan (LSD-21)
    HS Oinoussai (L-104) (ex-USS Terrell County (LST-1157), and
    HS Kos (L-116) (ex-USS Whitfield County (LST-1169).
    Photo by PHC C. Pedrick, USN. U.S. DefenseImagery photo VIRIN: photo VIRIN: DN-SC-82-00328.
    Robert Hurst
    Additional Ships Patches
    Fort Mandan
    Contributed by Chuck Sanders
    Fort Mandan
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski

    USS Fort Mandan (LSD-21)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Caughey, William A.31 October 1945 - 15 December 1945
    02CDR. Morse, Walter H., USNR15 December 1945 - 9 March 1946
    03CDR. Stiff, Allen Edward, USNR9 March 1946 - 5 June 1947
    04LCDR. Beaver, Chester Earl, USN5 June 1947 - 16 January 1948
    06CAPT. Quirk, Philip Decatur, CAPT25 October 1950 - ?
    07CDR. Rodneyno dates
    08CDR. Bailey, Benjamin F.1951 - 1953
    09CDR. Latimer, Clement Thomas1953 - ?
    10CDR. Dalton, George FrancisJanuary 1955 - March 1956
    11CDR. Pugsley, Edmund BrewsterMarch 1956 - 2 December 1957
    12CDR. Bass Jr., Stirling Wesley2 December 1957 - 7 May 1959
    13CDR. Laurie, Robert George7 May 1959 - ?
    14CDR. Rooney, George Matthew9 March 1962 - 1964
    15CDR. Buddhu, Roy1964 - 28 May 1965
    16CDR. Ledbetter Jr., Robert Ledd28 May 1965 - 23 November 1966
    17CDR. Simmons Jr., John Richard23 November 1966 - 1968
    18CDR. McLaughlin, James W.1968 - 1970
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    U.S.S Fort Mandan LSD-21

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