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USS Fort Marion (LSD-22)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (5)
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Quemoy-Matsu, Vietnam, Laos) - Vietnam Service Medal (5) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (9)
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

USS Fort Marion (LSD-22) was transferred to the Republic of China and renamed ROCS Chen Hai (LSD-192)
Casa Grande Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Launched, 22 May 1945, at Gulf Shipbuilding Corp, Chickasaw, AL.
  • Commissioned USS Fort Marion (LSD-22), 29 January 1946, CDR. Harry A. Adams USN in command
  • During the Korean War USS Fort Marion participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    18 September to 2 November 1950
    UN First Counter Offensive
    26 March 1951
    6 to 9 April 1951
    Communist China Aggression
    3 November to 24 December 1950
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    20 to 21 May 1952
    26 May to 14 June 1952
    25 June to 7 July 1952
    16 August to 4 September 1952
    16 to 18 October 1952
    15 to 20 November 1952
    Inchon Landing
    13 to 17 September 1950

  • During the Vietnam War USS Fort Marion participated in the following campaigns:

    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Advisory Campaign
    24 to 28 April 1961
    Vietnamese Counter Offensive - Phase III
    10 to 13 September 1967
    25 to 27 September 1967
    3 to 6 October 1967
    23 to 31 October 1967
    13 November to 4 December 1967
    Vietnam Defense
    1 October 1965
    8 October 1965
    27 October to 20 November 1965
    27 November to 24 December 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    7 December 1968 to 12 January 1969
    16 to 22 February 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    25 to 30 December 1965
    22 January to 5 February 1966
    12 to 24 February 1966
    13 to 17 June 1966
    Tet 69/Counteroffensive
    23 February to 27 March 1969
    17 to 22 April 1969
    7 to 26 May 1969

  • Decommissioned, 13 February 1970, at Naval Station Bremerton, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 October 1974
  • USS Fort Marion earned five battle stars for Korean War service, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with five campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Sold to the Republic of China, 15 April 1977, renamed ROCS Chen Hai (LSD-192)
  • Decommissioned by the Republic of China Navy in May 1999
  • Final Disposition, sunk as an artificial reef, 9 December 2000
    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 Westinghouse steam turbines
    two Babcock and Wilcox oil fired D-type boilers, two drum, single furnace, single uptake, 250psi
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gears
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship' Service Generators
    twin propellers, 7,000shp

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    USS Fort Marion (LSD-22)
    Fort Marion 266k
    Fort Marion. a US Army Fort, at St. Augustine FL., named in honor of American Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion. The fort was declared a National Monument in 1924, and after 251 years of continuous military possession, was deactivated in 1933. The 20.48-acre) site was subsequently turned over to the United States National Park Service. In 1942 the original name, Castillo de San Marcos, was restored by an Act of Congress.
    A US National Park Service photo.
    Tommy Trampp
    Fort Marion 226k USS Fort Marion (LSD-22) emblem was officially adopted in 1961, and had been in use for some years previously. The symbols of the seahorse, the trident, represent the ship's function as a cargo carrier, with the three-fold mission to transport, land, and support the amphibious force.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #NH 69475-KN
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Fort Marion 166k USS Fort Marion (LSD-22) at anchor in San Diego bay, date unknown.
    Photo ©Jack Davidson Studios, San Diego.
    David Buell in honor of his father CWO4 Benton E. Buell, USN (Ret), Main Propulsion Assistant USS Oak Hill
    Fort Marion 86k USS Fort Marion (LSD-22) with USS Comstock (LSD-19), and USS Cree (ATF-84) moored at Naval Station San Diego, circa 6 June to 7 September 1969. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Fort Marion 196k USS Fort Marion (LSD-22) out bound to sea from San Diego, CA., circa 1969. Photo was released for publication, 8 October 1969.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #NH 107633
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Fort Marion 84k LVTs embarking British Royal Marine commandos leave USS Fort Marion (LSD-22) for the beach at Sorye Dong, North Korea, on 7 April 1951. The commandos blew up about 100 yards of railroad, in an effort to interdict enemy logistics, and were then successfully reembarked.
    US Navy photo # 428316, now in the collections of the National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    Fort Marion 69k USS Fort Marion (LSD-22) underway, date and location unknown. James Jossman USS Fort Marion and Edward Lee Mc Intosh BT3 USS Fort Marion
    Fort Marion 95k USS Fort Marion (LSD-22) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands: magazine November 1958
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Fort Marion
    244k USS Fort Marion (LSD-22) out bound to sea passing Point Loma while exiting San Diego Bay, date unknown
    ©George Barber
    Nicholas Tiberio
    Fort Marion 30k USS Fort Marion (LSD-22) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Fort Marion 52k USS Fort Marion (LSD-22) out bound to sea from San Diego Bay enroute to Danang, South Vietnam, 26 October 1968. Edward Lee Mc Intosh BT3 USS Fort Marion
    Worcester 95k Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington - Ships laid up in reserve at Bremerton, 19 March 1970. They are, from left to right: USS Fort Marion (LSD-22), USS Missouri (BB-63), USS Roanoke (CL-145) and USS Worcester (CL-144).
    US Navy photo # USN 1143678 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    Edward Lee Mc Intosh BT3 USS Fort Marion
    ROCS Chen Hai (LSD-192)
    Fort Marion 15k Ex-USS Fort Marion (LSD-22) in the Republic of China service as ROCS Chen Hai (LSD-192) at anchor, date and location unknown. Yu-Lun Miao
    Fort Marion 24k ROCS Chen Hai (LSD-192) underway, date and location unknown. Yu-Lun Miao
    Fort Marion 60k ROCS Chen Hai (LSD-192) moored pierside at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 9 September 1977. The LST moored forward of Chen Hai is unidentified.
    Photo by Karsten Petersen
    Robert Hurst

    USS Fort Marion (LSD-22)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Adams Jr., Harry Atherton, USN29 January 1946 - 7 January 1947
    02LCDR. Jones, Enoch Davis, USN7 January 1947 - January 1948
    03CDR. Phillips, Charles Frederick, USN (USNA 1929) January 1948 - November 1948
    04CDR. Marshall, Edmund Sylvester Lee, USN (USNA 1930) :RADMNovember 1948 - June 1949
    05CAPT. Adair Jr., Noah, USN (USNA 1931)June 1950 - September 1950
    06CAPT. Mothersill Jr., Philip Wilder, USN (USNA 1931)September 1950 - July 1951
    07CDR. Kaufman, John Holladay, USN (USNA 1932)July 1951 - 21 January 1952
    08CDR. Artz, George Edwin, USN (USNA 1934)21 January 1952 - 10 July 1953
    09CDR. Kircher Jr., John Joseph, USN (USNA 1936)10 July 1953 - 17 March 1955
    10CDR. Player, Hber, USN17 March 1955 - April 1956
    11CDR. Krattli, James Altheide, USNApril 1956 - September 1957
    12CDR. Arner, Radford King, USNSeptember 1957- August 1959
    13CDR. Brummett, Joseph Daniel, USNAugust 1959- March 1961
    14CDR. Duncan, Derwood Donald, USNMarch 1961 - 6 October 1962
    15CDR. Anderson, Kenneth Leroy, USN 6 October 1962- 1964
    16CDR. Campbell, Joseph Woodward, USN (USNA 1946)1964 - 13 August 1965
    17CDR. Waterman, Jack E., USN13 August 1965 - June 1967
    18CDR. Williams, Hexter Amos, USN (USNA 1947)June 1967 - 3 November 1968
    19CDR. Fairley, James Walsh, USN3 November 1968 - 13 February 1970
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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