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USS CARTER HALL (LSD-3) - an Ashland class dock landing ship

In Commission 1943 to 1947

LSD-3 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAR 1943 - Launch Date: 4 MAR 1943
SEP 1943 - Commissioned: 18 SEP 1943
JAN 1951 - JAN 1951 Recommisioned
JUL 1952 - AUG 1952 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
OCT 1963 - APR 1964 West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT 1963 - APR 1964 viet nam
OCT 1964 - JAN 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1965 - MAR 1966 Served as Boat Haven in Da Nang Harbor
DEC 1966 - DEC 1966 10 day round the clock shuttle from Da Nang to Dong Ha
APR 1967 - APR 1967 Troop landing operations at Nha Be on the Saigon River
OCT 1969 - Decommissioned: 31 OCT 1969

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


Carter Hall (LSD-3) was launched 4 March 1943 by Moore Drydock Co. Oakland Calif.; sponsored by Mrs T. Wilson; and commissioned 18 September 1943 Lieutenant Commander F. J. Harris USNR in command.

Carter Hall sailed from San Francisco 12 October 1943 with cargo and passengers for Brisbane Australia. She arrived at her next port Milne Bay N.G. 26 November to act as receiving ship tender 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 Arawe New Britain on 15 December 1943 where valuable experience in the use of newly developed landing craft was gained. Upon the invasion of Aitape and Tanahmerah Bay late in April Carter Hall once again launched laden landing craft 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 where she arrived 21 July day of the initial assault. She remained off the island supporting the operation through servicing small craft until 26 July. The dock landing ship returned to Hollandia 29 August and from 11 September to 1 October supported the operations at Morotai.

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 P.I. on 20 October. Working efficiently in the apparent chaos that concealed the intricate smoothly meshed landing plans Carter 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 Calif. between 31 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 Brunei Bay 10 to 16 June and Balikpapan 1 to 4 July. She remained at Leyte drydocking small craft until 6 September when she sailed for Jinsen Korea 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 Atlantic Fleet Carter Hall arrived at her home port Norfolk Va. 11 June 1951. Until 7 January 1955 she operated on training salvage and fleet exercises as well as a tour with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean from January through May 1953 and a supply lift to Greenland in November 1953.

Returning to the Pacific Fleet Carter Hall arrived at San Diego 31 January 1955. Along with type training and fleet exercises she had tours of duty in the western Pacific in 1955 1958 1959 and 1960 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]