LSD-3 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 28 August 1970
USS CARTER HALL (LSD-3)
Carter Hall (LSD-3) was launched 4
March 1943 by Moore Drydock Co.
Calif.; sponsored by Mrs T.
Wilson; and commissioned 18 September 1943
Lieutenant Commander F.
Carter Hall sailed from San Francisco
12 October 1943 with cargo and passengers for Brisbane
She arrived at her next port
26 November to act as
and supply ship for small craft there and at
Buna until 10 May 1944. During this period
she took part in the
invasion landings at Cape Merkus
New Britain on 15 December
where valuable experience in the use of newly developed landing
craft was gained. Upon the invasion of Aitape and Tanahmerah Bay late
Carter Hall once again launched laden landing
and stood by the invaded beaches to service small craft
remaining in the area until 2 May 1944.
Carter Hall arrived at Guadalcanal 12
May 1944 for amphibious training
then sailed to Kwajalein to
stand-by in case she should be needed during the invasion of Saipan.
Her services not required for that assault
she sailed on to Eniwetok
and final preparations for the smashing return to Guam
arrived 21 July
day of the initial assault. She remained off the
supporting the operation through servicing small craft
26 July. The dock landing ship returned to Hollandia 29 August
from 11 September to 1 October supported the operations at
Carter Hall sailed from Hollandia 12
October 1944 with the Palo Attack Group of the Northern Attack Force
bound for the landings on Red Beach near Tacloban
San Pedro Bay
on 20 October. Working efficiently in the apparent chaos that
concealed the intricate
smoothly meshed landing plans
Hall 's men carried out their key role both in landing their
craft and in caring for small craft through 24 October
when she made
her retirement as the Battle for Leyte Gulf raged nearby. Her
participation in the Leyte operation continued as she carried cargo
from New Guinea on a series of runs until 17 November. From then
until 30 December
she was stationed in San Pedro Bay as tender and
supply ship for landing craft.
Overhauled at Oakland
January and 4 April 1945
Carter Hall returned to Subic Bay
1 May to transport small craft
and to take part in the invasions at
10 to 16 June
1 to 4 July. She remained
at Leyte drydocking small craft until 6 September
when she sailed
carrying LCM's and picket boats for use in the
reoccupation of Korea.
Occupation duty at Shanghai and Sasebo
continued until 9 April 1946
when Carter Hall cleared for
San Francisco She was decommissioned and placed in reserve at San
Diego 12 February 1947.
Recommissioned 26 January 1951 for duty in the
Carter Hall arrived at her home port
11 June 1951. Until 7 January 1955
she operated on
and fleet exercises
as well as a tour with the
6th Fleet in the Mediterranean from January through May 1953
supply lift to Greenland in November 1953.
Returning to the Pacific Fleet
arrived at San Diego 31 January 1955. Along with type training
and fleet exercises
she had tours of duty in the western Pacific in
and took part in Arctic supply operations
in summer 1956.
Carter Hall received six battle stars
for World War II service.
[Note: The above USS CARTER HALL (LSD-3) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS CARTER HALL (LSD-3) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]