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USS Hermitage (LSD-34)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Romeo - Victor - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - Navy Expeditionary Medal (2-Cuba, 2-Lebanon)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Congo, Cuba, Dominican Republic) - Vietnam Service Medal (1)
Fourth Row - Humanitarian Service Medal (Guatemalan Earthquake, Beirut Lebanon Evacuation) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

USS Hermitage (LSD-34) was sold to Brazil, renamed NDD Ceará (G-30)
Thomaston Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 4 November 1955, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 21 June 1956
  • Commissioned USS Hermitage (LSD-34), 14 December 1956, CAPT. Leonard A. Parker in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Hermitage participated in the following campaign:

    Vietnam War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    3 to 14 June 1967
    30 June to 17 August 1967
    30 August to 10 September 1967
    9 October to 10 November 1967
  • Decommissioned, 2 October 1989
  • USS Hermitage (LSD-34) earned one campaign star for Vietnam War service
  • Transferred (on loan) to Brazil, renamed Ceara (G-30)
  • Sold outright to Brazil and struck from the Naval Register, 24 January 2001, named NDD Ceará (G-30)
  • Ceara decommissioned, 31 March 2016
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target, date unknown
    Displacement 8,899 t.(lt), 11,525 t(fl)
    Length 510'
    Beam 84'
    Draft 19'
    Speed 20 kts.
    Officers 18
    Enlisted 330
    Troop Accommodations 325
    Armament (as built)
    four twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm gun mounts
    six twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Boat Capacity (Well Deck)
    three LCUs or nine LCM-8's or fifty AAV's/LVTP-7's amphibious tractors
    Aircraft Capacity helicopter landing area
    two D-type boilers, 600psi.
    two steam turbines
    two propellers, 24,000shp

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    USS Hermitage (LSD-34)
    Hermitage the home of Andrew Jackson (March 15, 1776 - June 8, 1845), 7th President of the United States. Nashville, TN.
    Photo by Dale Hargrave
    355k USS Hermitage (LSD-34) launching, 21 June 1956, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS. Dale Hargrave
    Hermitage 31k USS Hermitage (LSD-34) underway in Hampton Roads off NAB Little Creek, date unknown. Note the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in the background. Contributed by Mark Slebodnik
    Courtesy Eric Keller USS Hermitage web site
    Hermitage 79k USS Hermitage (LSD-34) underway, circa 1957-1960, location unknown. CDR. Louis D. Chirillo USN Ret
    Hermitage 329k Overhead view of USS Hermitage (LSD-34) underway, 27 January 1961, probably in San Francisco Bay.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    Hermitage 48k USS Hermitage (LSD-34) pierside, Naval Station Rota Spain, date unknown. Photo by Manolo Budiño
    Hermitage 70k USS Hermitage (LSD-34) underway, date and location unknown. Eric Keller USS Hermitage web site
    Hermitage 104k USS Hermitage (LSD-34) underway in Valletta Harbor, Malta, 1964. Note UH-34D Seahorse helicopter aboard.
    Photo courtesy A. & J, Pavia..
    Robert Hurst
    Hermitage 93k Amphibious Group at sea, 17 April 1964. The ships are USS Hermitage (LSD-34) in left foreground, USS Francis Marion (APA-249) in center, USS Plymouth Rock (LSD-29) in the left rear and USS Yancey (AKA-93) in the right rear. Three UH-34 helicopters are flying in formation over Francis Marion. Photo was received from USS Francis Marion in 1964.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 85059
    Robert Hurst
    209k USS Hermitage (LSD-34) outbound to se from San Diego, CA., in 1967.
    © George Barber
    Nicholas Tiberio
    Hermitage 249k USS Hermitage (LSD-34) underway at Genoa, Italy, 31 December 1970 Photo by Carol Martinelli
    Hermitage 277k USS Hermitage (LSD-34) departing Genoa, Italy, 6 January 1971. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Hermitage 439k USS Hermitage (LSD-34) at anchor, 30 September 1975, in the Kithira Strait, Eastern Mediterranean with other ships of the US Navy Amphibious Ready Group after finishing exercise Deep Express - 75. Photos from the Soviet Kashin class DDG Krasny Krim. Eugene Ivkin
    Hermitage 788k
    254k USS Hermitage (LSD-34) underway off Norfolk, VA. date unknown.
    ©Nobe Smith
    Nicholas Tiberio and
    Diana Gabler to honor her brother Raymond Aaron Horney Jr.USS Hermitage 1979-81
    Hermitage 210k USS Hermitage (LSD-34) moored at Genoa, Italy, 25 August 1984. Photos by Carlo Martinelli
    Hermitage 304k
    Hermitage 315k
    Hermitage 268k USS Hermitage (LSD-34) departing Genoa, Italy, 20 February 1986. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    598k USS Hermitage (LSD-34) underway off Norfolk, VA. date unknown.
    ©Nobe Smith
    Nicholas Tiberio
    NDD Ceará (G-30)
    98k NDD Ceará (G-30) underway, 1998, location unknown. This is a photo of Brizalian navy sailor Luiz Carlos dos Santos Córdova Jr. in the foreground with Ceará in the background.
    Photo by Raphael Andre
    Luiz Cordova
    Hermitage 78k Ex-USS Hermitage (LSD-34) in Brazilian Naval service as NDD Ceará (G-30) arriving in Rio De Janeiro, 2004.
    Brazilian Navy Photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Hermitage 10123424 149k A few months after being struck from the Brazil navy records ex-NDD Ceará (G-30) caught fire and burned. A few months after the fire she was sunk as a target.
    Brazil Navy photos
    Luiz Cordova
    35k Ex-NDD Ceará (G-30) being expended as a target and sinking, date and location unknown. <
    Brazil Navy photos
    Luiz Cordova

    Plaque and Additional Ships Patches
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski
    Contributed by USS Hermitage web site
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski

    For more photos and information about USS Hermitage, see:
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • USS Hermitage (LSD-34)

  • Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Parker, Lannis A.14 December 1956 - November 1957
    02CAPT. Alexander, Joe McNittNovember 1957 - 1 November 1958
    03CDR. Soballe, Verner Jensen1 November 1958 - 7 November 1959
    04CAPT. Kaufman, Robert Kenneth7 November 1959 - 6 August 1960
    05CAPT. Rood, George H.6 August 1960 - 19 August 1961
    06CDR. Tyler, William Perkins19 August 1961 - 15 September 1962
    07CAPT. Wier Jr., John Paul15 September 1962 - September 1963
    08CAPT. Warren, Harry SanfordSeptember 1963 - May 1964
    09CAPT. Donaldson Jr., James Carmichael (Jim) :RADMMay 1964 - October 1965
    10CAPT. McCauley, James Edward, USN (USNA 1944)October 1965 - 14 April 1967
    11CAPT. Matthews Jr., Herbert Spencer :RADM14 April 1967 - 22 May 1968
    12CAPT. Jex, Donald Robert, USN (USNA 1947)22 May 1968 - 19 September 1969
    13CAPT. McDonald, Wesley Lee :ADM19 September 1969 - 14 September 1970
    14CAPT. Ryder, Donald Fred14 September 1970 - 7 September 1971
    15CDR. Walsh Jr., Harvey Thomas, USN (USNA 1954)7 September 1971 - 3 April 1973
    16CDR. Laurance, James Douglas3 April 1973 - 29 January 1975
    17CDR. Deegan, Robert Francis29 January 1975 - 7 January 1977
    18CDR. Thomas, James P. L.7 January 1977 - 25 January 1979
    19CDR. Dekshenieks, Vidvuds25 January 1979 - 5 March 1981
    20CDR. Stoufer, Donald Andrew5 March 1981 - 11 February 1983
    21CDR. Beckett, Robert Sampson11 February 1983 - 16 July 1985
    22CDR. Condon, John Kenneth, USN (USNA 1971)16 July 1985 - 15 September 1987
    23CDR. Wilson, Charles Henry15 September 1987 - 2 October 1989
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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