I,Edward Lee Mc Intosh,A Proud Viet Nam Navy Veteran to all who cross the Deck of the USS LSD-22 Fort Marionwill,I hope remember the years of that War and Stop to Think about what WE Veteran Have Gone thur over the years afterthe war was lost by our so called leader,NOTE; I'm not here to sell something or to make money from this website.Sorry,I.We,The Men And Wemen Who Have service,some who gave all and some who returned to a country that look down on our troops who fight for freedom,Why do we do it,to help the world to become free,to stand up and be Proud that we have the freedom to go,say, and live without some one telling what we the people can do or say,so Please Stop.Think What it would belike to have someone run your life on they say!
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Fort Marion Class Dock Landing Ship
Launched, 22 May 1945 at Gulf Shipbuilding Corp, Chickasaw, AL
Commissioned USS Fort Marion (LSD), 29 January 1946
Decommissioned, 13 February 1970
Struck from the Naval Register, 31 October 1974
Sold to the Republic of China, 15 April 1977, named Chen Hai (LSD-22)
Decommissioned by the Republic of ChinaNavy in May 1999
Final Disposition, sunk as an artificial reef, 9 December 2000
Fort Marion received five battle stars for Korean War service and five battle stars for the Vietnam War
Specifications:(as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence, 7 April 1944 and 7 January 2005 )
Displacement 4,032 (light draft), 7,930 (seagoing-loaded)
Length 457'9" o.a.
Draft 8' 2 1/2" fwd,10' 1/2" aft (light draft); 15' 5 1/2" fwd, 16' 2" aft (seagoing loaded)
Speed 17 knots maximum (design speed)
Endurance 8,000 miles @ 15 knots
Crew Complement 17 officers, 237 men; Landing Craft: 6 officers, 30 men
Troop Complement 22 officers, 218 men
Well Deck Capacity (varies with mission)
3LCT (Mk V or VI) each w/5 medium tanks or
2LCT (Mk III or IV) each w/12 medium tanks or
14LCM (MkIII) each w/1 medium tank or 1,500 long tons cargo or
47 DUKW or
41 LVT or
Any combination of landing vehicles and landing craft up to capacity
Well Deck Capacity (with prefabricated "Super-Decks" installed)
108 DUKWs or
Any combination of tracked/wheeled vehicles up to capacity.
(Note: Incapable of repairing larger landing craft and ships in this configuration)
Aircraft LSDs 1-27 (still in commission in late 40's or early 50's) were fitted/retro-fitted with a prefabricated steel grated "Portable Deck" suspended between the wing walls and supported by removable I-beam girders. The aft end of the portable deck contained a wooden helicopters platform, enabling the ship to land and launch1 helicopter at a time. Stowage of helicopters was limited to capacity of the portable deck installed for the mission. Aircraft servicing was limited to re-fueling. With portable deck and aircraft platform installed, the landing ship. dock was still capable of transporting,launching and repairing smaller amphibious craft and vehicles up to the size of a landing craft, utility(LCU) in their well decks.
1-5'/.38 caliber Dual Purpose single barrel mount in open tub (w/director)
2-40MM quad barrel Anti-Aircraft mounts(w/director)
2-40MM twin barrel Anti-Aircraft mounts(w/director)
16-20MM single barrel Anti-Aircraft mounts(w/director)
2-Babcock and Wilcox Boilers, D Type 2 Drum, Single Furanace, Single Uptake,
Oil Fired 2-Skinner Engines-steam geared turbine(geared)
To cover the final run into the beach. Corsairs from VMF 214 andVMF 323 screamed over the LCVPs and strafed the shoreline.Two destroyers usingproximity-fuzed ammunition scoured the forward slope of Observatory Hill andthe waterfront with deadly air bursts of shrapnel.At 0633,G and H Companies of Colonel Taplett's 3rd Battalion. 5th Marines, stromed ashore.When three men stepped off onLCVP, they sank in water well over their heads.Not wanting a repeat of this tragic experience at Tarawa in World War II,when many Marines drowned because they had to move long distances through neck-high waters,the boat crews moved the vessels closer the shore.Succeeding waves brought in the rest of Taplett's Marines and ten M-26 Pershings tanks,including one equipped with a flame thrower and two more with bulldozer blades.The Marines advanced rapidly across the island,Company H seized and fortifed the Wolmi DO end of the causeway toInchon, while engineers sprinted into the roadway to lay an antitank minefield.Company G assulted Radio Hill and by 0655 the stars and stripes flew over that position.Meanwhile, Taplett landed with his one Company,which moved into areas supposedly secured by assault units.North Korean troops hidden in caves on the east side of the island,fired on several Company squads.When despite pleas of a Marine interpreter the NKPA soliders refused to surrender,a tankdozer embombed them in their positions.By 0800, Taplett reported Wolmi Do secured.His leathernecks dug in to fend off any counterattacks and herded the few prisoners of war(POWs)into a dry swimming pool.Some of the NKPA soliders fought to the last,others especially local Koreans recently "recruited" by the Communist,readily surrendered. Fanatical enemy troops,however soon opened up fromthe nearby islet of Sowolmi Do with light antiaircraft weapons.A reinforced rifle squad and several tanks rapidly moved against them. Supported by Marine Corsairs,the ground force quickly silenced the enemy guns.With the outer harbor secured at the cost of only 17 wounded, the first phase was now over. General MacArthur asked Doyle to send the following message in Task Force 90.The Navy and Marines have never shone more brightly than this morning.With a large smile the old soldier then turned to the Army,Navy and Marine officers gathered on Doyle's flagship and said,That's it.Let's get a cup of coffee.As he drank his cup of thick Navy Java,MacArthur penned a message to General Bradley and the other Joint Chiefs.First phase landing successful with losses slight. All goes well and on schedule.
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