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USS Monitor (MCS-5)
USS Monitor (LSV-5) (1944 - 1956)
USS Monitor (AP-160) (1943 - 1956)
Monitor (AN-1) (1941 - 1943)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Victor - Uniform
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Acton Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

Osage Class Landing Ship Vehicle:
  • Laid down as Net Layer (AN-1), 21 October 1941 at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 29 January 1943
  • Reclassified Transport (AP-160), 2 August 1943
  • Placed in partial Commission, 18 March 1944 for transit to her conversion yard at Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Decommissioned, 2 April 1944, at Todd Shipyards, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Redesignated a Osage Class Landing Ship Vehicle, 21 April 1944, while at Todd Shipyards, Brooklyn
  • Recommissioned USS Monitor (LSV-5), 14 June 1944, CDR. James B. McVey in command
  • During World War II USS Monitor was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 20 October and 14 November 1944
    Manila Bay-Bicol operation
    Zambales-Subic Bay, 29 to 31 January 1945
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 8 to 10 January 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 4 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Monitor was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 to 19 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, 22 May 1947, at Galveston, TX.
  • Reclassified an Osage Class Mine Countermeasures Support Ship (MCS-5), 18 October 1956
  • Transferred, 3 October 1960, to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1961
  • USS Monitor earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 15 July 1974, to Luria Bros & Co. Inc. (PD-X-979 of 5 June 1974) for $383,998.88, Maritime Commission contract MA-7457, withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 24 July 1974
    Displacement 5,625 t(lt) 9,040 t.(fl)
    Length 451' 4"
    Beam 60' 3"
    Draft 20' (limit)
    Speed 20.3 kts (trial)
    LSV Complement
    Officers 114
    Enlisted 450
    Troop Capacity
    122 Officers
    1236 Enlisted
    19 LVT or 29 DUKW
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts, forward
    one twin 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount, aft
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    twenty single 20mm AA gun mounts
    two General Electric geared turbines
    four Combustion Engineering 2-drum boilers, 400psi 700°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    four 500Kw 450V A.C. turbo-drive Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 11,000shp

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    Monitor (AN-1)
    216k Launching of Monitor (AN-1), 29 January 1943, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS.
    Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. photo # 2285-1/29/43
    Rick Davis
    USS Monitor (AP-160)
    Monitor 79k USS Monitor (AP-160) underway, circa 18 March to 2 April 1944.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-222655 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Lawrence W. Lee Jr.
    USS Monitor (LSV-5)
    140k The newly completed USS Monitor (LSV-5) at the New York Navy Yard, 14 June 1944. The ex-netlayers could be distinguished from the ex-minelayers by their cut-off bows (presumably adopted to handle nets), single funnels, and twin 5"/38 mount aft (instead of two singles in the ex-minelayers). The stern has a hard knuckle, rather than the curve of the ex-minelayers. Her camouflage is Measure 31 Design 15L.
    Text from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Photo - Rick Davis
    Caption - Robert Hurt and Tony Adamski USS Monitor
    Monitor 23k USS Monitor (LSV-5), date and location unknown. Her camouflage is Measure 31 Design 15L. Hyperwar US Navy in World War II
    Monitor 159k USS Monitor (LSV-5), at anchor, date and location unknown. Tony Adamski, USS Monitor

    USS Monitor (LSV-5)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. McVey, James Bertrand USN (USNA 1922)14 June 1944 - 19 August 1944
    02CDR. Olsen, Karl James USNR19 August 1944 - 1 November 1945
    03CDR. Main, Artyn Little USN1 November 1945 - 1946
    04LT. Mitchell, James D. USNR1946 - 22 May 1947
    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
    Minewarfare Association

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