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USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Alpha - Romeo
NAAR
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (4-Cuba)
Bottom Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3-Lebanon/1-Cuba/2-Dominican Republic) - Humanitarian Service Medal (Beirut Lebanon evacuation)


Thomaston Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 7 September 1954, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 10 November 1955
  • Commissioned USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32), 8 June 1956, CAPT. S. Filippone in command
  • Decommissioned, 2 October 1989
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 13 December 1989
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Title transferred from MARAD the State of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Largo, FL., 13 June 2001
  • Final Disposition, sunk as an artificial reef, 17 May 2002 six miles off the Florida Keys, in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,899 t.(lt), 11,525 t(fl)
    Length 510'
    Beam 84'
    Draft 19'
    Speed 21 kts.
    Complement 304
    Troop Accommodations 300
    Armament (as built)
    eight twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    six twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Boat Capacity (Well Deck) 21 LCM(6)s
    Aircraft up 8 helicopters
    Propulsion
    two steam turbines
    two propellers, 23,000shp

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    Spiegel Grove 245k USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32) moored at Genoa, Italy, 21 April 1957 Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Spiegel Grove 32k USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32) underway, date and location unknown. © Richard Leonhardt
    Spiegel Grove 29k USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32) underway, date and location unknown.  
    Spiegel Grove 505k USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Charles Lamm
    Spiegel Grove 72k USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32) drops anchor in the port of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, during her goodwill tour as part of Task Force 88 (Solant Amity II), circa April 1961 to January 1962.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, August 1963.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Spiegel Grove 147k USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32) leads USS Raleigh (LPD-1) while sailing in formation during training exercises in the Caribbean Sea in 1967-68. Photo by Masao Aochi
    Spiegel Grove 180k USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32) at anchor in the Kithira Strait in the eastern Mediterranean Sea with the rest of her Amphibious Ready Group, 25 June 1976. Photo taken from the Soviet DDG Krasny Krim (191). Eugene Ivkin
    Spiegel Grove 49k USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32) loading a prototype Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), either JEFF A or JEFF B in her well, circa late 1978, Gulf of Mexico.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, February 1979.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Spiegel Grove 101k USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32) operating in the Gulf of Mexico, while conducting trials with an experimental Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), JEFF B hovercraft, circa 1978-79.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Spiegel Grove 108k USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32) with stern gate down during amphibious operations loading a LCAC, date and place unknown. Robert Hurst
    Spiegel Grove 71k USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32), at Barcelona, Spain, 15 March 1980. Note gun armament has been reduced to three twin 3"/50 mounts, and fire control systems removed. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Spiegel Grove 80k USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32), at Barcelona, Spain, 15 March 1980. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Spiegel Grove 69k USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32), at Barcelona, Spain, 15 March 1980. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Spiegel Grove 50k An experimental Bell Aerospace JEFF(B) prototype amphibious assault landing craft underway off the coast of Florida early in 1984, with a cargo including an M60 MBT and two 155 mm howitzers. She is on her way to rendezvous with USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32) for docking trials
    US Navy photo from "Modern Military Hovercraft" published by Purnells
    Robert Hurst
    Spiegel Grove 311k A Bell Aerospace JEFF(B) prototype amphibious assault landing craft approaches the docking well of the stationery USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32), while operating off the Florida coast in early in 1984.
    US Navy photo from "Modern Military Hovercraft" published by Purnells
    Robert Hurst


    For more photos and information about USS Spiegel Grove, see:
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Photos of ex-USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32) being sunk as an artificial reef off Key Largo, FL., 2003
  • Commanding Officers
  • Spiegel Grove.Com
  • Spiegel Grove Association
  • University of Indiana Artificial Reef Project - USS Spiegel Grove

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

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