BELLEAU WOOD LHA 3

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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Tarawa Class Amphibious Assault Ship (General Purpose)
    Keel Laid March 5 1973 - Launched April 11 1977
    Christened June 11 1977

  1. USS BELLEAU WOOD LHA-3
    Commissioned September 23 1978 - Decommissioned October 28 2005

    Sunk as target July 10 2006
BELLEAU WOOD LHA PATCH.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Belleau Wood LHA-3 Covers Page 1    (1973-2005)

 

Postmarks

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Killer Bar Text

Date From
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Locy Type
FDC 2-1(n+)(USS)

1978-09-23

GregCiesielski BELLEAU WOOD LHA 3 19780923 3 postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski BELLEAU WOOD LHA 3 19780923 2 cachet.jpg

Cachet Category Commissioning Day. Cachet by Rich Hoffner and sponsored by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No.4, USCS


 

Locy Type
2-1(n+) (USS)
1978

1978-10-27

Bunter Belleau Wood LHA 3 19781027 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Belleau Wood LHA 3 19781027 1 front.jpg

Navy Day, cachet by the USS San Diego Chapter No. 27, USCS


 

Locy Type
2-1(n+) (D1,USS)

1986-01-02

JonBurdett belleauwood lha3 19860102 pm.jpg
JonBurdett belleauwood lha3 19860102.JPG

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Locy Type
2-1(n+) (USS)
1988

1997-09-19

GregCiesielski BelleauWood LHA3 19970919 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski BelleauWood LHA3 19970919 1 Front.jpg

Official Ship's Cachet


 

Locy Type
2-1(n+) (USS)

1988-12-06

JonBurdett belleauwood lha3 19881206 pm.jpg
JonBurdett belleauwood lha3 19881206.jpg

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Locy Type
7-2t (FPO 96623)

1990-07-19

Bunter Belleau Wood LHA 3 19900719 1 pm4.jpg
Bunter Belleau Wood LHA 3 19900719 1 front.jpg

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Locy Type
9-1(n+u) (USS)

1997-09-19

GregCiesielski BelleauWood LHA3 19970919 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski BelleauWood LHA3 19970919 1 Front.jpg

Official Ship's Cachet


 

Locy Type
9-1(n+) (USS)

1990-07-19

Bunter Belleau Wood LHA 3 19900719 1 pm2.jpg
Bunter Belleau Wood LHA 3 19900719 1 front.jpg

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Locy Type
Meter OFR2
(#520239) (ZIP 96623)

1990-07-19

Bunter Belleau Wood LHA 3 19900719 1 pm3.jpg
Bunter Belleau Wood LHA 3 19900719 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
Meter OFR2
(#520328) (ZIP 96623)

1992-09-14

GregCiesielski BelleauWood LHA3 19920914 1 Meter.jpg

N/A

On Piece


USPS Pictorial Postmarks


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"Decommissioning
Station"

San Diego, CA

2005-10-28

GregCiesielski BelleauWood LHA3 20051028 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski BelleauWood LHA3 20051028 5 Front.jpg

Decommissioning, Cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No.4, USCS

 

Other Information

USS BELLEAU WOOD earned an Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award Ribbon, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon w/ 1 bronze star, the Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (13 awards), the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 bronze star and the Humanitarian Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for Belleau Wood, near Chateau Thierry, France, the scene of a battle between the 4th Marine Brigade and elements of three German divisions June 1918. This was part of the larger Battle of the Aisne, launched on May 27 by Germany in the hopes of defeating French forces near Paris before significant American forces could arrive at the front. Although the operation had cost 4th Marine Brigade 4,719 casualties, and over 1,000 killed, the Marines had proved their courage to both the French and the AEF. Heartened by the American performance, the French awarded the division's infantry brigades, including 4th Marine Brigade, unit citations for "gallant action" and officially renamed the wood "Bois de la Brigade Marine".

There has been two ships of the US Navy that have borne the name BELLEAU WOOD - USS Belleau Wood CVL-24 and USS Belleau Wood LHA-3.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. James L. Holloway III, wife of former Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral James L. Holloway III.

 


 

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