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Patch at left contributed by Mike Smolinski, patch at right contributed by Frank M. Egger

USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Oscar - Zulu
NXOZ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Unit Commendation (3)
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - National Defense Service Medal (3)
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Op. Frequent Wind, 2-Libya, 1-Iraq Desert Thunder Op.) - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Fourth Row - Humanitarian Service Medal (1-Eniwetok Cleanup, 1-Frequent Wind) - Coast Guard Special Operations Service Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


Anchorage Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Laid, down 29 January 1970, at General Dynamics Corp., Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, 17 April 1971
  • Commissioned USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39), 13 May 1972, at Boston, MA., CAPT. William F. Keller Jr. in command
  • Decommissioned, 25 July 2003
  • Laid up at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Pearl Harbor, HI.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 March 2004
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target, 16 June 2005, during operation "Patrolling Thunder" off the Northwest coast of Kauai, HI by P-3 aircraft of squadrons VP-1 VP-9 VP-46 VP-47 with three Harpoon missiles, four Maverick missiles, and eighteen 500-lb bombs
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,325 t.(lt), 14,095 t.(fl)
    Length 553'
    Beam 84'
    Draft 19'
    Speed 20+kts.
    Complement
    24 Officers
    300 Enlisted
    Troop Capacity 320
    Boats (Well Deck Capacity) 3 LCACs or 2 LCUs
    Armament
    four twin 3"/50 gun mounts (removed 1980)
    two Phalanx CIWS gun mounts
    two 25mm Bushmaster chain guns
    Propulsion
    two 600psi boilers
    two De Laval Steam Turbines
    two propellers, 24,000shp
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    Mount Vernon 109k Mount Vernon (LSD-39) underway near her builders yard at Quincy, MA., 5 April 1972.
    US Navy photo and text from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    Mount Vernon 92k USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) commissioning ceremony, Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston, MA., 13 May 1972 . Dave Dipboye IC2 USS Mount Vernon Plankowner
    Mount Vernon 86k USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) commissioning ceremony, Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston, MA., 13 May 1972 . Dave Dipboye IC2 USS Mount Vernon Plankowner
    Mount Vernon 111k USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) starboard bow view, in drydock, Swan Island Ship Repair Facility, Portland, OR., August, 1976. Brian O'Connor, MM1 (SW/DV) USN Ret.
    Mount Vernon 114k USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) underway, entering San Diego Bay, date unknown. M. J. "Doc" Sanchez HM2 (FMF) USN Ret.
    Mount Vernon 90k USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) gets much needed supplies during a VERTREP replenishment in the Gulf of Thailand, January 1974. A USS White Plains (AFS-4) UH-46 Sea Knight helicopter delivers supplies onto the Mount Vernon.'s helicopter platform. M. J. "Doc" Sanchez HM2 (FMF) USN Ret.
    Mount Vernon 102k USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) gets much needed supplies during a VERTREP replenishment in the Gulf of Thailand, January 1974. A USS White Plains (AFS-4) UH-46 Sea Knight helicopter delivers supplies onto the Mount Vernon.'s helicopter platform. M. J. "Doc" Sanchez HM2 (FMF) USN Ret.
    Mount Vernon 89k USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) underway, off San Diego, circa 1976-78. Brian O'Connor, MM1 (SW/DV) USN Ret.
    Mount Vernon 90k USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) underway, off San Diego, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Mount Vernon 40k USS Illusive (MSO-448) in foreground with USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) in background, Persian Gulf, circa 1987-88.
    US Navy photo
     
    Mount Vernon 47k USS Illusive (MSO-448) in foreground with USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) in background. Mount Vernon was serving as a support vessel for the minesweepers in the Persian Gulf, 1987-88.
    US Navy photo
    Darrell G. Miller USS Mount Vernon
    FFG-14 Sides 200k USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) and USS Sides (FFG-14) steam together during Exercise CARAT 2000 off the coast of Japan, 12 June 2000.
    US Navy photo #000612-N-5961C-001 by PH1 Spike Call.
    Robert Hurst
    Mount Vernon 235k Landing Craft Air Cushion LCAC -24 carries US Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU-11) embarked aboard USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) to the beach during exercise “Eager Mace”, on 23 September 2002. Exercise "Eager Mace" is an annual month-long exercise conducted with the Kuwaiti military to improve interoperability and military relations between the two nations. Mount Vernon and the 11th MEU are on a regularly scheduled deployment conducting combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
    US Navy photo # 020924-N-5471P-002 by PH2 Arron Peterson.
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) at Navsource
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Keller Jr., William F.13 May 1972 - 10 March 1974
    02CDR. Holt, William Colliver10 March 1974 - 13 March 1976
    03CDR. Patella, Lawrence M.13 March 1976 - 2 January 1978
    04CDR. Albright, Robert Ernest2 January 1978 - 27 April 1979
    05CDR. Coulapides, Anthony Chris27 April 1979 - 1 May 1981
    06CDR. Goodwin, James N.1 May 1981 - 20 May 1983
    07CDR. Marks, William Leon20 May 1983 - 5 October 1985
    08CAPT. Boyce, Brian Francis5 October 1985 - 19 December 1987
    09CDR. Conrad, John Woeppel19 December 1987 - 21 April 1989
    10CDR. Myers, David E.21 April 1989 - 10 August 1991
    11CDR. Rigas, Trifon10 August 1991 - 21 May 1993
    12CDR. Garrish, James W.21 May 1993 - 4 May 1995
    13CDR. Marquez, Edward J.4 May 1995 - 1 November 1996
    14CDR. Cook, Donald Paul1 November 1996 - 14 June 1998
    15CDR. Farren, Maureen Ann14 June 1998 - 10 February 2000
    16CDR. Stewart, James A.10 February 2000 - 15 October 2001
    17CDR. Ritchie, Steven Craig15 October 2001 - 14 March 2003
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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    Command Master Chiefs
    01BMCM(SW) Thompson13 May 1972 - July 1976
    02EMCM(SW) WilliamsJuly 1976 - August 1980
    03MMCM(SW) ParkerSeptember 1980 - October 1984
    04PMCM(SW) CustodiaNovember 1984 - December 1987
    05MMCM(SW) AlliceJanuary 1988 - August 1991
    06FCCM(SW) SinclairSeptember 1991 - October 1993
    07EMCM(SW) LehnherrOctober 1993 - November 1996
    08PNCM(SW) Jeff HasseDecember 1996 - September 1998
    Courtesy Jeff Hasse PNCM(SW), USN Retired

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

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