Tuesday, May 24, 2016

USS Tortuga (LSD-26)

From Wikipedia.

On Thursday, May 19th, I mentioned that I had met a U.S. Navy World War II veteran at the local Wal-Mart and talked with him.  He said he had served on the USS Tortuga and, I believe, the USS Dent and had shot down a kamikaze.

The USS Tortuga would have been the second ship he served on during the war.

The USS Tortuga (LSD-26)  was a Casa Grande-class dock landing ship named after Dry Tortuga, a group of desert coral islets 60 miles west of Key West, Florida.

It was laid down 16 October 1944 in Boston Navy Yard and launched 21 January 1945 and commissioned 8 June 1945.

It was enroute to the Pacific for the invasion of Japan when word reached it of the Japanese surrender.

The Tortuga proceeded to Buckner Bay, Okinawa and later operated in Korean and Chinese waters.


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