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USS Osage (LSV-3)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Zulu - Bravo
NEZB

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Osage Class Mine Layer
  • Laid down as the Net Layer (AN-3), 1 June 1942, at Inglalls Shipbuilding Corp, Pascagoula MS.
  • Reclassified Transport (AP-108), 1 May 1943
  • Launched, 30 June 1943
  • Reclassified Vehicle Landing Ship (LSV-3), 21 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS Osage (LSV-3), 30 December 1944, CAPT. Harry H. Keith in command
  • During World War II USS Osage was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 11 to 15 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Osage was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    4 to 14 October 194526 November to 3 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 16 May 1947, at Orange, TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange, TX.
  • Reclassified Mine Countermeasures Support Ship (MSC-3), 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1961
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 1 September 1961
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 11 December 1974, to Luria Brothers and Co., Inc., Cleveland, OH., delivered, 6 January 1975, to be broken up
  • USS Osage earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,626 t(lt)
    Length 458'
    Beam 60' 2"
    Draft 20'
    Speed 21 kts.
    Complement 458
    Troop Capacity
    122 Officers
    1236 Enlisted
    Boats
    19 LVT or 29 DUKW
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal duel purpose gun mounts, forward (moved aft to replace the 5"/38 cal twin mount)
    one twin 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount, aft (removed)
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts (superstructure port and starboard sponsons 40mm gun mounts - moved forward to replace single 5'/38 cal gun mount)
    twenty single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion
    four Combustion Engineering 2-drum boilers
    two General Electric Geared turbines
    two propellers, 11,000shp

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    Osage 126k USS Osage (LSV-3) under construction at the Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MI., 20 July 1943, less than a month after her launching. Although she had been reclassified as a transport (AP) while on the ways she is still displaying her netlaying bow.
    US National Archives photo from record group RG-19-LCM, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Osage 106k USS Osage (LSV-3) under construction at the Ingalls Shipbuilding Corps., Pascagoula, MI., 10 January 1944. The shipyard has begun to modify the ship from a netlayer to a transport by raising the hull sides at the stern.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-111702 (RG-19-LCM), a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Osage 176k USS Osage (LSV-3) fitting out at the Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, FL., 5 July 1944. The modified stern is complete, although the ramp has not yet been fitted. At this time the ship had both its original armament of 4-5"/38 (including the twin mount seen here) and two pairs of Welin davits. The armament was reduced and redistributed before completion because of concerns over stability.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-69091 (RG-19-LCM), a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Osage 97k USS Osage (LSV-3) near her conversion yard at Tampa, FL., 10 January 1945. The ship was modified in the late stages of conversion to accommodate two Welin boat davits on each side. As weight compensation, the twin 5"/38 mount aft was removed, the superfiring 5"/38 single mount forward was moved aft, and the two twin 40 mm mounts in sponsons on the side of the superstructure were moved to the superfiring position forward of the bridge.
    US National Archives photo # 9-N-81151 (RG-19-LCM), a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Osage 32k USS Osage (LSV-3) at anchor, date and location unknown. Her camouflage is Measure 31 Design 18L. Hyperwar US Navy in World War II web site
    Osage 25k USS Osage (LSV-3) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan, MACM USN Ret
    Osage 39k USS Osage (LSV-3) underway, date and location unknown. Her camouflage is Measure 31 Design 18L
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst

    USS Osage (LSV-3)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Keith, Harry H. USN (23)30 December 1944 - 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Association of Minemen
    Naval Minewarfare Association

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