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U.S.S. DONNER

(LSD-20)

DONNER PASS

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USS DONNER (LSD-20) - a Casa Grande-class dock landing ship

In Commission 1945 to 1970

LSD-20 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAY 1941 - OCT 1960 Mediterranean
DEC 1944 Keel Date: 1 DEC 1944
APR 1945 Launch Date: 6 APR 1945
JUL 1945 Commissioned: 31 JUL 1945
MAY 1955 - AUG 1955 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
JUN 1959 - JUL 1959 Great Lakes
SEP 1961 - DEC 1961 West Africa
SEP 1961 - DEC 1961 SoLantAmityIII
SEP 1961 - Shellback Initiation - 29 SEP 1961 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP 1961 - Shellback Initiation - 21 SEP 1961 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY 1964 - DEC 1964 Mediterranean
MAY 1964 - OCT 1964 Mediterranean
MAY 1964 - OCT 1964 Operation Steel Pike
JUN 1966 - DEC 1966 Mediterranean
JUN 1969 - DEC 1970 Mediterranean-Lebanon
DEC 1970 Decommissioned: 23 DEC 1970

LSD-20 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: March 2005 scrapped at All Star Medals Brownsville TX



USS DONNER (LSD-20)



Donner (LSD-20) was launched 6 April 1945 by Boston Navy Yard sponsored by Mrs. W. V. Alexander Jr. and commissioned 31 July 1945 Lieutenant Commander P. V. McPeake USNR in command.

Donner transported landing craft from Norfolk to New York then operated boat pools along the east coast until 3 November 1946 when she sailed for the Mediterranean and similar duty. She returned to Norfolk 24 December for duty along the coast and on voyages to Argentia Newfoundland and Labrador.

From 31 January to 10 March 1948 she sailed in the Caribbean for a large scale landing exercise by the 2d Fleet. Donner was placed out of commission in reserve 12 August 1949.

Recommissioned 15 September 1950 Donner cruised to the Mediterranean for duty with the 6th Fleet between 5 March and 6 July l951. Operating from Norfolk she took part in training exercises in the Caribbean and made several cruises to the waters off Greenland for replenishment and cold weather operations. >From 17 July to 7 October 1956 she made two voyages from Norfolk to resupply the DEW line stations. Donner participated in the International Naval Review at Hampton Roads 12 June 1957 then sailed for the Mediterranean 28 August for NATO landing exercises in Turkey. She returned to Norfolk 8 February 1958 and resumed training operations there and in the Caribbean. Donner prepared for deployment to the Mediterranean during the Lebanon landings but her orders were canceled when the crisis eased. During the summer of 1959 Donner took part in Operation "Inland Sea " the historic first passage of a Navy task force into the Great Lakes through the newly dedicated Saint Lawrence Seaway. Between 7 January 1960 and 14 June she again served in the Mediterranean with the 6th Fleet.

On 18 June 1960 she entered Norfolk Naval Shipyard for overhaul and modernization which continued through December 1960.

[Note: The above USS DONNER (LSD-20) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS DONNER (LSD-20) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]