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USS Raleigh (LPD-1)

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Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (17 January to 28 February 1991)
Second Row - - Navy Unit Commendation (3)- Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Expeditionary Service Medal (Lebanon)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea, Lebanon, Cuba) - Southwest Asia Campaign Medal
Fourth Row - Humanitarian Service Medal (Beirut) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)

Raleigh Class Amphibious Transport Dock
  • Laid down, 23 June 1960, at New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Launched, 17 March 1962
  • Commissioned USS Raleigh (LPD-1), 8 September 1962, CAPT. A. W. Whitney in command
  • Decommissioned, 13 December 1991
  • Struck from Naval Register, 25 January 1992
  • Final Disposition, disposed of as a target 4 December 1994
    Displacement 8,650 t.(lt) 14,113 t.(fl)
    Length 522'
    Beam 100'
    Draft 23'
    Speed 20 kts.
    Complement 436
    Troop Accommodations 1,000
    (as built) four twin 3"/50 gun mounts
    (early 1970s) three twin 3"/50 gun mounts, one CIWS
    two boilers
    two geared turbines
    two propellers, 24,000shp

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    Raleigh 438k Raleigh (LPD-1) under construction at New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, N.Y., circa 1961 Dale Hargrave
    Raleigh 308k The ship's sponsor, Mrs. Terry Sanford, wife of the Governor of North Carolina, breaking the traditional bottle of champagne over the ships bow during the launching ceremony of USS Raleigh (LPD-1) at New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, N.Y., 17 March 1962 Dale Hargrave
    Raleigh 658k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) under way at New York City, date unknown. Ed Zajkowski
    Raleigh 94k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) in Chesapeake Bay, August 1964. © Richard Leonhardt
    Raleigh 132k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) under way, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Raleigh 59k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) in Chesapeake Bay, August 1964. © Richard Leonhardt
    Raleigh 374k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) under way in 1964, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Raleigh 461k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) departing Bremen, Germany, mid-1960s.
    Newspaper photo.
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Raleigh 178k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) at anchor in 1966, location unknown. A Hawker Siddeley Harrier is lifting off from Raleigh during USMC evaluation trials.
    US Navy photo from the 1968-69 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships".
    Robert Hurst
    Raleigh 229k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) riding her anchor at St. Thomas USVI in 1968 Photo by Masao Aochi
    Spiegel Grove 147k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) follows USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32) while sailing in formation during training exercises in the Caribbean Sea in 1967-68. Photo by Masao Aochi
    Raleigh 309k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) under way at Genoa, Italy, 1 December 1973. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Raleigh 423k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) at anchor in Chesapeake Bay, late in 1975.
    US Navy photo from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    Raleigh 293k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) moored at Genoa, Italy, 10 January 1978. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Raleigh 85k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) at Barcelona, Spain, 27 December 1981, with USS Barnstable County (LST 1197) alongside outboard. Photo by Fabio Peņa

    518k Aerial view of ships moored pierside, 13 February 1982, probably at NavSta Rota Spain. The ships are, from front to back; the Spanish aircraft carrier Dédalo (R-01)
    USS Raleigh (LPD-1) and the amphibious assault ship USS Saipan (LHA-2)., Photo # VIRIN : DN-SC-82-08574
    Yu Chu
    Raleigh 85k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) at Barcelona, Spain, 27 December 1981, with USS Barnstable County (LST 1197) alongside outboard. The stern door gave access to a docking well 168' long and 50' wide. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Raleigh 259k Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Robert H. Barrow departing USS Raleigh (LPD-1) in 1983 at Beirut, Lebanon. General Barrows was making a farewell swing prior to ending his term as Commandant. LT. Dave Wood (then 1st LT. USS Raleigh
    229k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) underway off Norfolk, VA., date unknown.
    © Nobe Smith
    Nicholas Tiberio
    453k USS Raleigh (LPD-1) brass plaque (minus wooden shield mounting board). Jason Belcher

    USS Raleigh (LPD-1)
    : Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Whitney, Alden Webster, USN (USNA 1942)8 September 1962 - 24 July 1964
    02CAPT. Miller, Edward George, USN (USNA 1941)24 July 1964 - 6 July 1965
    03CAPT. Yates, Earl Preston (Buddy), USN (USNA 1944) :RADM6 July 1965 - 1 July 1966
    04CAPT. Wilder Jr., Tracy Hartwell, USN (USNA 1945)1 July 1966 - 6 November 1967
    05CAPT. Nance, James Wilson (Bud), USN (USNA 1945) :RADM6 November 1967 - 3 October 1968
    06CAPT. Stahl, Lawrence Edwin, USN (USNA 1946)3 October 1968 - 4 October 1969
    07CAPT. Palmer, Frederick Fraser, USN :RADM4 October 1969 - 7 September 1970
    08CAPT. Ellis, William Harold, USN7 September 1970 - 20 December 1971
    09CAPT. Crispin Sr., Robert Earl, USN (USNA 1948-A)20 December 1971 - 27 November 1973
    10CAPT. Geronime, Eugene Leo, USN (USNA 1954)27 November 1973 - 17 April 1975
    11CAPT. McIntyre, John Joseph, USN 17 April 1975 - 7 January 1977
    12CAPT. Riendeau, Gerald Lawrence, USN :RADM7 January 1977 - 10 August 1978
    13CAPT. Renard, John Walter, USN (USNA 1955)10 August 1978 - 10 January 1981
    14CAPT. O'Brien, George Eugene, USN (USNA 1957)10 January 1981 - 9 August 1982
    15CAPT. Triplett, Thomas Terrence, USN9 August 1982 - 20 August 1984
    16CAPT. Phillips Jr., Henry Columbus, USN20 August 1984 - 16 May 1986
    17CAPT. White II, John Dwyer, USN (USNA 1962)16 May 1986 - 14 May 1988
    18CAPT. Fitch Jr., Rex Burnham, USN14 May 1988 - 5 May 1989
    19CAPT. McCarthy, Richard Joseph, USN5 May 1989 - 13 December 1991
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Raleigh LPD-1
    Amphibious Squadron (12 CARIB 1-69 February - June 1969) Dependent's Guide
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