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USS Monticello (LSD-35)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Delta - Victor
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (3) - Navy Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Second Row - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (5-Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (11)
Fourth Row - Humanitarian Service Medal (1-Eniwetok Clean Up, 1-Boat People) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (11) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Thomaston Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 6 June 1955, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 10 August 1956
  • Commissioned USS Monticello (LSD-35), 29 March 1957, CAPT. J. T. Hodgson, Jr., in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Monticello (LSD-35) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    22 to 23 October 1965
    14 to 18 November 1965
    28 November to 24 December 1965
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase V
    22 August to 25 August 1968
    31 August to 5 October 1968
    1 November 1968
    Vietnam Counteroffensive
    25 December 1965
    27 January to 1 March 1966
    11 to 12 March 1966
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    2 November to 8 December 1968
    29 December to 18 February 1969
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase II
    25 February to 1 March 1967
    17 March to 7 April 1967
    19 April to 28 May 1967
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    25 February to 4 March 1970
    26 to 30 April 1970
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase III
    9 June to 4 August 1967
    19 August to 8 September 1967
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    1 to 5 May 1970
    Tet Counteroffensive
    15 to 17 March 1968
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    21 to 29 July 1970
    5 to 6 August 1970
    17 to 19 August 1970
    24 August 1970
    4 to 7 September 1970
    28 to 31 March 1971
    17 to 21 November 1971
      Vietnam Ceasefire
    28 October to 12 November 1972
    8 to 20 December 1972
    8 to 28 January 1973
  • Decommissioned, 1 October 1985
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Title transferred to the MARAD
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 24 February 1992
  • Sold 29 September 1995 to Pegasus Inc.
  • Repossessed by the Navy 1 July 1997
  • Transferred to MARAD, 18 December 1998
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target, 14 July 2010, 70 miles off Kauai, HI. by aircraft from VP-4 and VP-40
  • USS Monticello earned eleven campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Displacement 6,880 t.(lt), 11,270 t.(fl)
    Length 510'
    Beam 84'
    Draft 19' to 34'
    Speed 22.5 kts.
    Range 5,300 miles at 22.5 kts. and 13.000 miles at 10 kts.
    Ships Boats 4
    Aircraft 4 helicopters
    one SPS-10 surface search set
    one SPS-6 air search set
    18 officers
    293 to 332 enlisted (depending on cargo mix)
    Troop Accommodations 340
    six twin 3"/50 cal
    three MK27/33 gun mounts
    Well Deck Dimensions 391' long by 48' wide
    Well Deck Capacity - Landing Craft or Vehicles
    three LCUs or
    three LCACs or
    nine LCM(8)s or
    fifty LVPT-7s or
    ninety 2½ trucks
    Aircraft up to 8 helicopters
    two GE double reduction geared steam turbines
    two Babcock & Wilcox 600 psi. 850 degree boilers
    two shafts, 24,000 SHP

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    Monticello 148k USS Monticello (LSD-35) by John Robert Barrett. With permission from the artist. ©John Robert Barrett
    Monticello 101k PCU Monticello (LSD-35) underway off her builder's yard, 13 March 1957, soon after completion. Compared to wartime LSDs, she is more heavily armed with eight twin 3"/50 guns as well as a pair of twin 20mms in the bows and another atop the bridge. The battery was cut to six twin 3"/50 mounts during the 1960s and to only three in the 1970s (forward of the bridge, one abaft the bridge).
    Photos Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation.
    Robert Hurst
    Monticello 12k
    Monticello 21k
    Monticello 84k USS Monticello (LSD-35) and LCU-1476 during amphibious operations, circa 1967, location unknown. Bob Behm and Tommy tramp
    Monticello 29k
    Monticello 57k USS Monticello (LSD-35) moored in Victoria Harbor, date unknown. Bob Behm
    Monticello 121k USS Monticello (LSD-35) underway, date and location unknown. Bob Behm
    Monticello 50k USS Monticello (LSD-35) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Bob Behm
    Monticello 28k USS Monticello (LSD-35) underway, date and location unknown. Bob Behm
    Monticello 46k USS Monticello (LSD-35) underway, date and location unknown. Bob Behm
    Monticello 18k USS Monticello (LSD-35) at anchor, date and location unknown. Bob Behm
    Monticello 74k USS Monticello (LSD-35) moored in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, off Benecia, CA. 2003. Photo by Bob Behm
    Monticello 46k USS Monticello (LSD-35) plaque mounted in the memorial ship USS Turner Joy (DD-951) at Bremerton, WA. Photo by Robert Hall
    Monticello 155k Ex-USS Monticello (LSD-35) at anchor, 14 July 2010, 70 miles off Kauai, HI. Monticello was the target for a SINKEX during RIMPAC 2010. She was towed to the site from Pearl Harbor by USNS Navajo (T-ATF-169) on 12 July 2010 and sunk by Maverick missiles fired by aircraft from VP-4 and VP-40.
    US Navy photo 100714-N-6855K-271 by MC2 Meagan E. Klein.
    Ron Reeves

    For more photos and information about USS Monticello, see:
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Welcome Aboard Brochure
  • Commanding Officers

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Monticello LSD-35

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