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U.S.S. CASA GRANDE

(LSD-13)

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USS CASA GRANDE (LSD-13) - a Casa Grande-class dock landing ship

In Commission 1944 to 1969

LSD-13 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
NOV 1943 Keel Date: 11 NOV 1943
APR 1944 Launch Date: 11 APR 1944
JUN 1944 Commissioned: 5 JUN 1944
SEP 1944 - OCT 1944 Battle of Leyte Gulf
JUN 1956 - AUG 1956 Antartic Circle
SEP 1957 - JAN 1958 Regular Overhaul
JAN 1959 - JAN 1959 Mediterranean-Lebanon
JUN 1959 - FEB 1960 Mediterranean
JUL 1959 - AUG 1959 Operation Mercury
MAR 1960 - APR 1960 Antartic Circle
APR 1960 - MAY 1960 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
MAY 1960 - MAY 1960 Caribbean
JUN 1960 - JUN 1960 Operation Mercury
JUN 1960 - JUN 1960 Panama Canal
SEP 1960 - MAY 1961 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
MAY 1962 - OCT 1962 Mediterranean
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
OCT 1963 - APR 1964 Mediterranean
OCT 1964 - APR 1965 Mediterranean
FEB 1965 - MAY 1965 San Demigo
APR 1965 - MAY 1965 Santo Domingo Invasion
APR 1965 - APR 1965 invasion of Santa Domingo
FEB 1967 - AUG 1967 Mediterranean
APR 1969 - OCT 1969 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
MAY 1969 - OCT 1969 Mediterranean
MAY 1969 - OCT 1969 Mediterranean
MAY 1969 - OCT 1969 Mediterranean
MAY 1969 - OCT 1969 Mediterranean
MAY 1969 - OCT 1969 Mediterranean
MAY 1969 - OCT 1969 Mediterranean
OCT 1969 Decommissioned: 6 OCT 1969

LSD-13 General Specifications

Complement: 17 Officers and 237 Enlisted

Displacement: 7930 tons

Length: 457 feet 9 inches

Beam: 72 feet 2 inches

Draft: 8 feet 2 in

Flank Speed: 17 knots

Final Disposition: Sold 6 April 1992



USS CASA GRANDE (LSD-13)



Casa Grande (LSD-13) was launched 11 April 1944 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. Newport News Va.; sponsored by Mrs. G. Delapalme; and commissioned 5 June 1944 Lieutenant Commander F. E. Strumm USNR in command.


Sailing from Hampton Roads 19 July 1944 Casa Grande was delayed at Balboa C.Z. for repairs en route to Pearl Harbor where she arrived 21 August. Here she offloaded landing craft brought from the east coast and loaded men and equipment for the invasion of Yap. However upon her arrival at Eniwetok 25 September she was ordered to Manus to prepare for the Leyte operation. Assigned to the Southern Attack Force she entered Leyte Gulf uneventfully and took part in the initial assault on 20 October. Her men worked at fever pace under enemy air attack as they launched their landing craft and serviced other small craft engaged in this triumphant return to the Philippines and on 22 October she withdrew for Hollandia. During the next month she made two voyages from New Guinea to Leyte ferrying reinforcements and evacuating casualties.


December 1944 found Casa Grande preparing for the second of the massive operations in the Philippines and on 31 December she sailed in TF 79's Attack Group "Baker" for Lingayen Gulf. First enemy contact came at sunset on 8 January 1945 as a small but determined group of kamikazes attacked. One of these broke through to damage Kitkun Bay (CVE-71) severely but Casa Grande came through unscathed and joined in driving away the scattered individual enemy aircraft which pushed the attack onward.


Although sporadic attacks by Japanese aircraft and small ships tried to disrupt the landings the long months of detailed planning bore fruit as Casa Grande and the others of her group carried out their landing assignments smoothly on 9 January 1945. She continued to operate in support of the invasion plying between Lingayen Leyte and Morotai until 30 January. Casa Grande next cruised among the Solomons to load Marines landing craft and tanks for the invasion of Okinawa. She took departure from Ulithi 26 March and arrived off Okinawa at dawn of 1 April. Landing equipment and troops under the first of the kamikaze attacks which were to bathe the Okinawa operation in blood she moved to Kerama Retto 4 April to operate a small boat repair shop there until 3 June when she sailed for a minor overhaul at Leyte.


Through July 1945 Casa Grande sailed between ports of the South Pacific and Philippines transporting men and landing craft and on 23 July she sailed for drydocking at San Francisco.


Between 12 September 1945 when she returned to Honolulu and 20 April 1946 when she docked at San Francisco Casa Grande supported occupation and redeployment operations in the western Pacific. She ferried landing craft and motor torpedo boat squadrons calling at ports in the South Pacific China Japan Korea Okinawa the Philippines and Alaska. On 14 May 1946 she left San Francisco for Norfolk Va. where she was decommissioned and placed in reserve 23 October 1946.


Casa Grande was recommissioned 1 November 1950 and based at Norfolk. Exercises off the east coast and supply missions to Newfoundland and Greenland as well as amphibious training in the Caribbean formed the pattern of her operations through 1960. She has voyaged to the Mediterranean for service in the 6th Fleet on three occasions. She sailed for the first such deployment 20 April 1953 and on 13 August was dispatched to the Ionian Islands to aid victims of earthquakes. At Cephalonia she established a beach center for medical supplies and provisions and sent parties in to the mountains to deliver supplies and bury the dead. When Casa Grande sailed from Cephalonia a week later she left behind a hospital corpsman as well as details of Marines who began rebuilding homes and roads. Thus she played an outstanding role in the humanitarian services for which the United States Navy has become known in the most remote corners of the earth. She returned to Norfolk from this cruise 28 October 1953. Her next deployment to the Mediterranean took place between 29 July 1959 and 9 February 1960. On her return to the States she cruised off the east coast in amphibious exercises and participated briefly in "Project Mercury" (man in space) operations. Casa Grande sailed for 6th Fleet duty in November and finished 1960 in the Mediterranean. She continues to serve the Atlantic Fleet.


Casa Grande received three battle stars for World War II service.

[Note: The above USS CASA GRANDE (LSD-13) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS CASA GRANDE (LSD-13) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]