LSD-2 General Specifications
Complement: 23 Officers and 267 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 for scrap 24 July 1970
USS BELLE GROVE (LSD-2)
Belle Grove (LSD-2) was launched 17 February 1943 by Moore Dry Dock Co.
Calif.; sponsored by Mrs. George M. Lowry
wife of Lieutenant Commander Lowry
USNR; and commissioned 9 August 1943
Lieutenant Commander M. Seavey
Reporting to the Pacific Fleet Belle Grove participated in the Gilbert Islands operation (20 November-2 December 1943) and the seizure of Kwajalein
Marshall Islands (31 January-8 February 1944). Returning to Pearl Harbor
Belle Grove operated as a cargo vessel until May
visiting the Solomon
and Russell Islands. Between 15 June and 28 July 1944 she took part in the capture and occupation of Saipan and Tinian
After an overhaul at Pearl Harbor
Belle Grove assisted in the Leyte operation
making three voyages between Hollandia and Leyte loaded with troops
and other equipment (20 October-21 November 1944). On 9 January 1945 she landed troops and equipment at Lingayen Gulf and returned to Leyte. She then steamed to Saipan to load supplies for the forthcoming invasion of Iwo Jima. Off Iwo Jima from 19 February to 20 March 1945
Belle Grove provided logistic support and served as a floating dry dock for landing craft.
Returning to Pearl Harbor she underwent a yard period and then transported landing craft between the Marshall
and Philippine Islands. With the cessation of hostilities
Belle Grove continued on transportation duty in the Southwest and Western Pacific. During November and December she transported occupation troops to China and Japan and returned to San Diego 31 December 1945. Soon afterwards
she began pre-inactivation overhaul and on 30 August 1946 went out of commission in reserve.
Following the outbreak of hostilities in Korea
Belle Grove was readied for active duty. She was recommissioned 27 December 1950 and reported to the Pacific Fleet. Belle Grove continued serving with the Pacific Fleet until departing San Diego 16 April 1951 for Norfolk
Va. She operated with the Atlantic Fleet
making one Mediterranean cruise (8 January-22 May 1952)
during the next two years. Leaving Norfolk 9 April 1953 she rejoined the Pacific Fleet for operations out of Seattle
and San Diego
Calif. Although operating mostly in Alaskan waters Belle Grove also served in the Central Pacific and made one Far Eastern cruise.
Belle Grove received seven battle stars for her World War II service.
[Note: The above USS BELLE GROVE (LSD-2) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS BELLE GROVE (LSD-2) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]