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Contributed by Al Grazevich

USS Duluth (LPD-6)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (24MAY72) - Navy Unit Commendation (5)
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (5) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (11) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Op. Frequent Wind, 1-Lebanon, 1-Op. Sharpe Edge Liberia, 2-Op. Restore Hope, Somalia) - *Vietnam Service Medal (8 or 9) Southwest Asia Service Medal
Fourth Row - Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal - Humanitarian Service Medal (3) - Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon
Fifth Row - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (6) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Austin Class Amphibious Transport Dock:
  • Laid down, 18 December 1963, at the New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Launched, 14 August 1965
  • Commissioned (Special) USS Duluth (LPD-6), 18 December 1965, CAPT. Mark G. Tremaine USN in command
  • Upon completion of fitting out at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Commissioned in full,CAPT. Mark G. Tremaine in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Duluth (LPD-6) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    27 to 31 May 1967
    Consolidation I
    25 to 26 October 1971
    14 to 17 November 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    1 to 12 June 1967
    27 June 1967
    3 to 19 July 1967
    21 to 31 July 1967
    7 to 15 August 1967
    1 to 10 September 1967
    16 to 29 September 1967
    10 to 31 October 1967
    13 to 15 November 1967
    Consolidation II
    12 to 16 December 1971
    23 February 1972
    28 February to 1 March 1972
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    8 December 1968 to 27 January 1969
    13 to 22 February 1969
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    1 April to 6 May 1972
    22 May to 11 June 1972
    28 June to 15 July 1972
    Tet/69 Counteroffensive
    23 February to 29 March 1969
    14 April to 27 May 1969
    *Vietnam Evacuation (Operation Frequent Wind)
    29 to 30 April 1975
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    3 to 5 October 1970
    5 to 6 November 1970
    22 to 25 March 1971
    30 March to 1 April 1971

  • Duluth was assigned to the Amphibious Force, COMNAVSURFPAC
  • Decommissioned, 28 September 2005, at Naval Station San Diego, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 September 2005
  • USS Duluth earned eight campaign stars for Vietnam War service and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for Op. Frequent Wind or nine campaign stars for the Vietnam Service Medal if the Armed Forces Medal is exchanged for the 18th Vietnam campaign Operation Frequent Wind
  • Title transferred to the Maritime Commission, 27 December 2013
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping
    Displacement 9,201 t.(lt) 16,914 t.(fl)
    Length 589'
    Beam 105'
    Draft 23 ft.
    Speed 21 kts.
    24 Officers
    396 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations 900
    two 25 mm MK38 guns
    two Phalanx CIWS
    eight 50 cal. mgs.
    Well Deck Capacity one LCU or four LCM-8 or nine LCM-6 or 24 amphibious assault vehicles (AAV)
    Aircraft none, but telescopic hangar installed aboard. The hangar is not used to accommodate helicopters but on the flight deck there is space for up to six CH-46
    two Babcock & Wilcox 600 psi boilers
    two Steam Turbines
    two Shafts, 24,000 Shaft Horsepower

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    Duluth - Named for the city of Duluth, Minnesota, which itself bore the name of Sir Daniel Greysolon De Lhut [Duluth] (1636-1710), the explorer who raised the French flag at the westernmost point of Lake Superior in 1679. LPD ships were named for cities that were named for “explorers and developers of America.
    Photo - Aerial image of the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, Canal Park and downtown Duluth. Taken over Lake Superior, June 2021. Photo by Chrisographer CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    Map - Map of the Duluth Minnesota vicinity on Lake Superior
    Tommy Trampp
    Duluth 130k Mrs. C. Brice Solomonson, daughter of Vice President Hubert Humphrey Christening Duluth (LPD-6), 14 August 1965, at New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, N.Y. Dale Hargrave
    146k USS Duluth (LPD-6) moored at Naval Station Norfolk, VA.1966.
    U.S. Navy "All Hands" magazine August 1966, p. 23.
    Robert Hurst
    Duluth 67k USS Duluth (LPD-6) stands off Wunder Beach, Vietnam during amphibious operations, circa 1972.
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    80k USS Duluth (LPD-6) underway in the background as a U.S. Navy Boeing Vertol CH-46D Sea Knight (BuNo 154001) assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LPH-10) takes off from the attack transport USS Mobile (LKA-115), circa 1972. Duluth was assigned to Amphibious Squadron 5 (PHIBRON 5) which was deployed to the Western Pacific, the Indian Ocean and Vietnam from 1 October 1971 to 8 August 1972.
    U.S. Navy photo from the USS Mobile (LKA-115) 1971-1972 cruise book
    Robert Hurst
    68k U.S. Navy Amphibious Squadron 5 (PHIBRON 5) underway in the Gulf of Tonkin, in 1972. The Squadron consisted of; the Amphibious Assault Ship USS Tripoli (LPH-10), left; the Amphibious Transport Dock USS Duluth (LPD-6), Dock Landing Ship USS Anchorage (LSD-36); and Attack Transport USS Mobile (LKA-115), right; and the Tank Landing Ship USS Schenectady (LST-1185), not visible. Also visible is the Amphibious Command Ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) on her first deployment. Blue Ridge and Anchorage are replenished by a Mars-class Combat Stores Ship. PHIBRON 5 was deployed to the Western Pacific, the Indian Ocean and Vietnam from 1 October 1971 to 8 August 1972.
    U.S. Navy photo from the USS Mobile (LKA-115) 1971-1972 cruise book
    Robert Hurst
    Duluth 134k USS Duluth (LPD-6) under way, overhead view, date and location unknown. Jerry Hays
    Duluth 158k USS Duluth (LPD-6) under way, overhead view, date and location unknown. Jerry Hays
    Duluth 77k USS Duluth (LPD-6) passes Point Loma as she leaves San Diego heading out to sea, date unknown. .
    Duluth 63k USS Duluth (LPD-6) under way, date and location unknown.  
    Duluth 115k USS Duluth (LPD-6) under way in San Diego Bay, date unknown. Jack Treutle
    Duluth 141k USS Duluth (LPD-6) outbound to sea from San Diego, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    246k USS Duluth (LPD-6) underway off San Diego Bay, date unknown.
    ©George Barber
    Nicholas Triberio
    206k USS Duluth (LPD-6) outbound to sea passing Point loma while exiting San Diego Bay, date unknown.
    ©George Barber
    Nicholas Triberio
    201k USS Duluth (LPD-6) at anchor off Coronado Beach, date unknown
    ©George Barber
    Nicholas Triberio
    180k LCU-1665 departs the well-deck of the amphibious transport dock USS Duluth (LPD-6) during exercise, circa April 1982.
    US Navy photo.
    Tommy Trampp
    Duluth 84k USS Duluth (LPD-6) conducts operations off the coast of Aden, Yemen, 29 January 2000.
    US Navy photo # 001029-M-0557M-004 by PH1 David Miller.
    Bill Gonyo
    Duluth 70k USS Duluth (LPD-6) leaves her berth at Naval Station San Diego, steaming through San Diego Bay enroute to join elements of the USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG) at the start of a scheduled six-month deployment. Duluth has elements of the 5th Marine Expeditionary Unit on board. .
    US Navy photo # 030106-N-5067K-003 by PH2 Michael D. Kennedy.
    Bill Gonyo
    Duluth 75k USS Duluth (LPD-6) under way off the coast of San Diego, CA., 11 February 2004.
    US Navy photo # 040211-N-8629M-094 by PHAN Rebecca J. Moat.
    Bill Gonyo
    78k USS Duluth (LPD-6) 3"/50 gun crew firing the guns in 1989.
    U.S. Navy photo from the USS Duluth (LPD-6) 1989 cruise book.
    Robert Hurst
    152k USS Duluth (LPD-6) steams out of San Diego Bay, 6 January 2003, with her Sailors and Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) manning the rails. Duluth departed San Diego this date on a scheduled six-month deployment part of the USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG).
    U.S. Navy photo # 030106-N-0226M-002 by PHCS Mahlon K. Miller
    Robert Hurst
    143k Sailors and Marines man the rails as USS Duluth (LPD-6) pulls into her berth at Naval Station San Diego, 13 July 2003. Duluth and her embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) supported U.S. and coalition forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
    U.S. Navy photo # 030713-N-8590B-028 by PHAN Andrew J. Betting
    Robert Hurst
    78k USS Duluth (LPD-6) off the coast of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, 7 January 2005. Duluth was assigned to Expeditionary Strike Group Five (ESG-5), supporting Operation Unified Assistance, the humanitarian operation effort in the wake of the Tsunami that struck South East Asia.
    U.S. Navy photo # 050107-N-1229B-064 by PHAN Patrick M. Bonafede.
    Robert Hurst
    185k Crew members assigned to the guided missile frigate USS Thach (FFG-43), stand ready for their line handling duties as the ship makes her approach to USS Camden (AOE-2) and the amphibious transport dock ship USS Duluth (LPD-6), 24 March 2005.
    U.S. Navy photo # 050324-N-6932B-022 by PH1 Richard J. Brunson.
    Robert Hurst
    123k USS Camden (AOE-2) pulled alongside amphibious transport dock ship USS Duluth (LPD-6) for a night time replenishment at sea (RAS), 17 April 2005. Extreme safety measures are taken at all times for the ships and their crew members during operations where fuel and stores are taken onboard.
    U.S. Navy photo # 050417-N-4309A-049 by PH1 Aaron Ansarov.
    Robert Hurst
    201k USS Duluth (LPD-6) arriving at Pearl Harbor, 26 May 2005, for a brief port visit on her return leg of a six-month deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Duluth was part of Expeditionary Strike Group Five, which was led by its flagship, the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6).
    U.S. Navy photo # 050526-N-3019M-011 by JO3 Ryan C. McGinley.
    Robert Hurst
    Duluth 108k USS Duluth (LPD-6) returns to Naval Base San Diego after a 15-day underway period to Esquimalt, British Columbia and Seal Beach, Calif. This was Duluth’s final underway period after 39 years of service. During her last deployment she supported operations in the Persian Gulf and humanitarian efforts in Southeast Asia. U.S. Navy photo by JOSN Joseph Caballero .
    US Navy photo # 050722-N-3532C-001 by JOSN Joseph Caballero.
    Lee Wahler
    72k Ships laid up at NISMF Pearl Harbor from top to bottom, ex-USS Duluth (LPD-6), ex-USS Acadia (AD-42), ex-USS Durham LKA-114) and ex-USS St. Louis (LKA-116), 26 July 2006. Photo by Yu Chu
    Duluth 67k Ex-USS Duluth (LPD-6) and ex-USS Ogden (LPD-5) laid up in reserve in the Pacific Reserve Fleet at Pearl Harbor, HI., 2008. Yu Chu
    Duluth 196k Ex-USS Duluth (LPD-6) being towed out of Pearl Harbor, HI., 23 October 2013, enroute Brownsville, TX. for scrapping. CAPT. Wade Armstrong, Pearl Harbor Pilots
    Duluth 174k USS Duluth (LPD-6) memorial, Duluth Minnesota.
    Photo by Dave Schauer, 6 November 2016.
    Yu Chu
    54k USS Duluth (LPD-6) ship's bell on display at the Duluth Depot St Louis County Heritage & Arts Center. Chin Yu Chu
    Duluth 272k State of Minnesota Proclamation - USS Duluth (LPD-6) Reunion Week, September 6-10, 2017. Yu Chu

    For more photos and information about USS Duluth, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • USS Duluth (LPD-6) Crewmembers Association
  • 2002 Welcome Aboard pamphlet

  • Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Tremaine, Mark George, USN (USNA 1945)18 December 1965 - 27 August 1966
    02CAPT. Price Jr., Arthur Whyte, USN :RADM 27 August 1966 - 23 January 1968
    03CAPT. Pitz, Marcellus Thompson, USN (USNA 1946) 23 January 1968 - 9 June 1969
    04CAPT. Moore, Robert Edward, USN9 June 1969 - 4 October 1970
    05CAPT. Mitchell, John Edward, USN4 October 1970 - 6 September 1972
    06CAPT. Hill, Allen Edward (Boot), USN :RADM6 September 1972 - 14 May 1973
    07CAPT. Whaley, William Semmes (Fish), USN (USNA 1950)14 May 1973 - 26 April 1975
    08CAPT. Carroll, Peter August, USN 26 April 1975 - 13 November 1976
    09CAPT. Grimes Jr., Laurence Hill, USN (USNA 1955)13 November 1976 - 21 May 1978
    10CAPT. Matthews Jr., Paul Calvin, USN21 May 1978 - 1 July 1980
    11CAPT. Strole, Dennis Silver, USN1 July 1980 - 21 December 1981
    12CAPT. Hedley, Peter Fraser, USN21 December 1981 - 2 March 1984
    13CAPT. Barry, Kenneth Randolph, USN2 March 1984 - 17 February 1986
    14CAPT. Picotte, Leonard Francis (Len), USN :RADM17 February 1986 - 20 February 1988
    15CAPT. Dow, John Irvan, USN20 February 1988 - 15 August 1989
    16CAPT. McKinley, John Charles, USN15 August 1989 - 6 September 1991
    17CAPT. Magee, Terry Edward, USN6 September 1991 - 27 March 1993
    18CAPT. Ormsbee, Richard Berryman, USN27 March 1993 - 2 September 1994
    19CAPT. Stevens, Paul Harold, USN2 September 1994 - 21 May 1996
    20CDR. Inbody, Donald Stephen, USN21 May 1996 - 12 December 1997
    21CDR. Cruz, Paul Anthony Gogue, USN12 December 1997 - 8 June 1999
    22CDR. Brunner, Glenn Martin, USN8 June 1999 - 28 February 2000
    23CDR. Gillilland, Shaun, USN28 February 2000 - 12 September 2002
    24CDR. Emmert, Charles Gene, USN12 September 2002 - 13 March 2004
    25CDR. Grippin, Larry Dean, USNR13 March 2004 - 28 September 2005
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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