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Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal
|Campaigns and Dates||Campaigns and Dates|| Vietnam Advisory Campaign
1 to 10 November 1963
26 to 27 MAY 1965
5 to 7 June 1965
16 to 17 June 1965
30 June to 3 July 1965
| Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
1 to 7 July 1968
21 July to 1 September 1968
25 October to 1 November 1968
| Vietnamese Defense
4 to 21 July 1965
17 to 23 August 1965
11 September to 10 October 1965
| Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
2 to 13 November 1968
| Vietnamese Counteroffensive
9 to 13 and 21 to 28 April 1966
21 to 25 May 1966
| Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
19 to 23 November 1969
16 to 27 December 1969
30 January to 2 February 1970
30 to 31 March 1970
| Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
26 to 29 November 1966
4 to 9 December 1966
5 to 17 January 1967
9 to 24 February 1967
28 February to 7 March 1967
25 April to 31 May 1967
| Sanctuary Counteroffensive
2 to 6 June 1970
| Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
1 to 5 June 1967
| Vietnam Ceasefire
27 April to 28 May 1972
9 June to 2 July 1972
9 July to 25 August 1972
16 to 18 September 1972
29 September to 1 October 1972
6 to 20 October 1972
| Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
10 to 30 June 1968
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|120k||Point Defiance (LSD-31) launching, 28 September 1954, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS.
Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. photo
|113k||USS Point Defiance (LSD-31) under way in San Francisco Bay, September 1957.
Photo by Allied Photographers.
|Robert M. Cieri|
|67k||USS Point Defiance (LSD-31) during amphibious exercises, circa 1957-58, WESTPAC.||Donald J. Wagner, SM3, USN USS Gunston Hall|
US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 42630
|137k||Starboard quarter and port broadside views of USS Point Defiance (LSD-31) under way during the later 1950s, while transporting a P2V
aircraft on her helicopter deck.
US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No.'s NH 42630 and US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 42631
US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 42631
|138k||Port bow view of USS Point Defiance (LSD-31) under way, circa mid-1950s, location unknown.
Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 42632
|108k||USS Point Defiance (LSD-31) under way, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine April 1959.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.|
|86k||USS Point Defiance (LSD-31) at anchor, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine April 1959.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.|
|35k||USS Point Defiance (LSD-31) under way, date and location unknown.||Hyperwar US Navy in World War II|
|68k||USS Point Defiance (LSD-31) during amphibious exercises, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo.
|Stanley C. Svec|
|89k||USS Point Defiance (LSD-31) under way off the California coast, date unknown.
Photo @copy Marine Photo and Publishing Co., Spring Valley, CA.
|Dr. Kenneth Hartman|
|268k||"Order Of The Lock” Panama Canal 1963 Navy Certificate issued by USS Point Defiance (LSD-31)||Tommy Trampp|
|273k||USS Point Defiance (LSD-31) with the U.S. Navy Bathyscaphe
Trieste I loaded in her well deck at San Diego, 14 April 1963.
Point Defiance carried Trieste I to Boston to participate in the search for
USS Thresher (SSN-593).
US Navy photo from the collections of the of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
|64k||Marine LVTP-5 (Amtrac’s) making their amphibious landing at Van Tuong, South Vietnam in Operation Starlite, 18 August 1965. Operation Starlite involved 5,500 US Marines and was the first major engagement between Viet Cong and US Marines in the Vietnam War, Photo taken from USS Point Defiance (LSD-31).||Photo by Jerry Bass USS Point Defiance. Submitted by Frank Andrus BM3 USS Point Defiance|
|163k||Marine tankers look toward USS Point Defiance (LSD-31) and the beach as amphibious craft align for a beach landing during an
Operation Dagger Thrust mission in 1965. Dagger Thrust (conducted between September-December 1965) consisted of a series of raids on suspected areas of enemy concentration
in support of Operation Market Time. LVTPs and other craft can be seen closer to the ship.
US National Archives Photo # USN 1113997-A, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|52k||Scene in the USS Point Defiance (LSD-31) well deck as Marines prepare to disembark at Da Nang, South Vietnam, circa 1966.||Frank Andrus BM3 USS Point Defiance|
|45k||General views taken aboard USS Point Defiance (LSD-31) circa October 1968 to May 1969.||Photos by Roy Smith USS Point Defiance|
|69k||USS Point Defiance (LSD-31) at Pearl Harbor, circa 1977.||Photo by Dr. Kenneth Hartman|
|68k||USS Point Defiance (LSD-31) at Pearl Harbor, circa 1977.||Photo by Dr. Kenneth Hartman|
|66k||USS Point Defiance (LSD-31) at Pearl Harbor, circa 1977.||Photo by Dr. Kenneth Hartman|
|131k||USS Point Defiance (LSD-31) well-deck loaded with vehicles, circa 1977.||Photo by Dr. Kenneth Hartman|
|72k||USS Point Defiance (LSD-31) anchored, circa 1977, place unknown.||Photo by Dr. Kenneth Hartman|
|69k||USS Point Defiance (LSD-31) being moored, circa 1977, place unknown.||Photo by Dr. Kenneth Hartman|
|133k||USS Point Defiance (LSD-31) maneuvering in San Diego Bay in late 1978.
Photos taken from the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63).
|Photos by Richard Stiles|
|592k||Ex-USS Point Defiance (LSD-31) being moved from the reserve fleet at Suisun Bay to Mare Island, 8 September 2011, for hull cleaning prior to being scrapped||Photo by John Cavano|
|1514k||Ex-USS Point Defiance (LSD-31) in dry dock #3 at Mare Island, CA., 17 September 2011, to have her bottom cleaned by Allied Defense Recycling prior to being moved to the scrappers yard at Brownsville, TX.||Photos by Darryl Baker|
|924k||Ex-USS Point Defiance (LSD-31) moored pierside at Mare Island, 25 September 2011, after cleaning and prior to being towed to the dismantlers yard at Brownsville, TX.||Photo by Darryl Baker|
|01||CDR. Parker, Oscar Blair, USN (USNA 1938)||31 March 1955 - November 1957|
|02||CDR. Woodhead, Edwin Fletcher, USN (USNA 1938)||November 1957 - November 1958|
|03||CDR. Madley, Edward Peter, USN (USNA 1937)||November 1958 - 1960|
|04||CDR. Bowell, John Howard, USN (USNA 1940)||1960 - 18 February 1961|
|05||CAPT. Hawley, Rupert Dexter, USN||18 February 1961 - 30 January 1962|
|06||CAPT. Haisten Jr., Homer Howard, USN (USNA 1943)||30 January 1962 - 29 June 1963|
|07||CAPT. Tower, Robert Gray, USN (USNA 1942)||29 June 1963 - 1 September 1964|
|08||CAPT. Graham, Woodrow Wilson, USN||1 September 1964 - 12 September 1965|
|09||CAPT. Holbrook, James Louis (Jim), USN (USNA 1944)||12 September 1965 - 12 October 1966|
|10||CAPT. Saroch Jr., Emil, USN (USNA 1945)||12 October 1966 - 9 November 1967|
|11||CAPT. Haak Jr., Frank Sutherland, USN (USNA 1946) :RADM||9 November 1967 - 1 November 1968|
|12||CAPT. Thomas, Robert Earl, USN||1 November 1968 - 1 November 1969|
|13||CAPT. Myatt Jr., Albert Zebulon (Bert), USN||1 November 1969 - 22 January 1971|
|14||CAPT. Gorder, Merle Howard, USN||22 January 1971 - July 1972|
|15||CDR. Bader, Allen Louis, USN||July 1972 - 1974|
|16||CDR. McHugh, Charles Earl, USN||1974 - 11 October 1975|
|17||CDR. Christenson, Robert Warnhoff Sigel, USN (USNA 1957)||11 October 1975 - 10 March 1978|
|18||CDR. McIntire, Lloyd Gilman, USN||10 March 1978 - 22 March 1980|
|19||CDR. Austin, Michael Gaylord, USN||22 March 1980 - 1982|
|20||CDR. Marsden, Philip Scherrer, USN (USNA 1963)||1982 - 18 March 1983|
|21||CDR. Montgomery, David James, USN||18 March 1983 - 30 September 1983|
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