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USS BELLE GROVE (LSD-2) - an Ashland class dock landing ship

In Commission 1943 to 1969

LSD-2 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
OCT 1942 - Keel Date: 27 OCT 1942
FEB 1943 - Launch Date: 17 FEB 1943
AUG 1943 - Commissioned: 9 AUG 1943
JUN 1944 - Shellback Initiation - 28 JUN 1944 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1944 - Shellback Initiation - 1 OCT 1944 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1944 - Shellback Initiation - 2 OCT 1944 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1954 - MAY 1954 Operation Castle
JAN 1956 - MAY 1957 Alaska
APR 1958 - SEP 1958 Operation Hardtack 1958
MAR 1960 - MAR 1960 Middle Pacific
MAY 1960 - MAR 1962 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1961 - DEC 1961 West Pac
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
JAN 1965 - JAN 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR 1965 - NOV 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1966 - MAY 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1967 - JUN 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1967 - MAR 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR 1969 - Shellback Initiation - 21 MAR 1969 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1969 - Shellback Initiation - 3 MAR 1969 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1969 - Shellback Initiation - 25 MAR 1969 - Pacific Ocean
AUG 1969 - SEP 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV 1969 - Decommissioned: 12 NOV 1969

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


Belle Grove (LSD-2) was launched 17 February 1943 by Moore Dry Dock Co. Oakland Calif.; sponsored by Mrs. George M. Lowry wife of Lieutenant Commander Lowry USNR; and commissioned 9 August 1943 Lieutenant Commander M. Seavey USNR in command.

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 New Hebrides Admiralty and Russell Islands. Between 15 June and 28 July 1944 she took part in the capture and occupation of Saipan and Tinian Marianas Islands.

After an overhaul at Pearl Harbor Belle Grove assisted in the Leyte operation making three voyages between Hollandia and Leyte loaded with troops landing craft 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 Marianas 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 Wash. 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]