The Official Website of the USS Plymouth Rock Ships Association 

USS Plymouth Rock (LSD29)

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 Website Last Updated December 29, 2015

Ship's Motto: Always the First Landing

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Access our Guestbook Application to Join USS Plymouth Rock Association Association Newsletters
(Current and archived copies
all in .PDF format)
Crews Muster List Paid Dues Members Pictures of Past reunions Mail Call Memorial Page
Ships Awards Plymouth Rock, "Our Navy" Ship of the   Month Pictures from shipmaes on board the ship Ships History Ships Log Ships Association History of the LSD What's New in the Website
Ships Commanding Officers Links to Websites Specific to the USS Plymouth Rock Links to Other Naval Related Websites Class 28 LSD- Pictures and History Ships Store Scrapping of the Ship - Pictures The "Rock's" First and Last Year  





I encountereed a problem in trying to e-mail the newsletter to non-dues paying shipmates.  Our membership list email addresses was corrupted and we were unable to send the newsletter out. 

To select and view the September -Decemsber USS Plymouth Rock Newletter 42 in .PDF format, click here.  We mailed by US Mail a hard copy to all dues paying association members on 12/29/2015.   The current newsletter as well as archived newsletters is available by clicking here.  You may also receive a copy mailed to you by joining the ships association by filing out this application for membership.  The cost is only $25.00 for a two year membership.

Bill Provencal, Secretary
USS Plymouth Rock Association



Information on the Reunion in 2016

The 2016 Ships Reunion will be held in Pensacola, FL  We have confirmed dates of Sept 28 through Oct 2,  2016 reserved.  We will be staying at the Holiday Inn, located at 7813 N. Davis Hwy, Pensacola ,Fla. This location is adjacent to Exit 13 of I-10 We have room rates at $109.00/night plus taxes which includes breakfast.  The Holiday Inn reservation Number is 850-472-1400. The web site is

 The plans are for our group to visit the Naval Aviation Museum on Pensacola NAS.  Admission is free, and their collection is extensive so it might take several days to see everything depending upon your level of interest.  Some of their activities include motion based simulator rides, 360 degree pitch and roll max flight 3D simulator ride,  IMAX movies, 4D Blue Angel Theatre, and visits to Hangar Bay One and the gift shop.  There is also a flight line tour of old aircraft the museum has collected.  The Cubi Bar Café is located there for meals, but it is also a popular museum exhibit.

Bill Haynie, reunion coordinator contacted the public affairs office of the Blue Angels and inquired about a guest speaker but was put off till spring.  Reunion Coordinators are Bill and Lynn Haynie, 864-934-2900,

A long-time friend of the ships Association, Marguerite (Peggy) Eldridge passed away May 13, 2015.  Marguerite was the widow of Milt Eldridge. YN2, who was a plank owner of the USS Plymouth Rock.  She will be remembered for the wonderful poems that she wrote while attending the many reunions we had over the years.     


The Ships Association is introducing a new sweatshirt for the low price for sizes S to XL $30; XXL $ 35; XXXL $37. which includes postage shipping.  The following sizes are available:  Med./Lge./XL/XXL and XXXL.   THE SHIRT WILL HAVE THE SAME LOGO AS THE TEE SHIRT .To order contact Shorty Cyr, BM3, 119 Pinecrest Drive, Waterbury, CT   06708, Phone #203-753-6220, e-mail at:  All orders must be accompanied by a check.  Checks must be made out to the USS Plymouth Rock Association.







Plymouth Rock pin.  Price is $4.00 which includes shipping and handling.  To order contact Shorty Cyr, BM3, 119 Pinecrest Drive, Waterbury, CT   06708, Phone #203-753-6220, e-mail at:  All orders must be accompanied by a check.  Checks must be made out to the USS Plymouth Rock Association





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Plymouth MA landing site of the original pilgrims and the Plymouth Rock
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USS Plymouth Rock (LSD-29), 1954-1995

USS Plymouth Rock, a 11,270-ton Thomaston class dock landing ship, was built at Pascagoula, Mississippi. Commissioned on November 29, 1954, she was assigned to the Atlantic Fleet. Over the next three decades, Plymouth Rock deployed regularly to the Caribbean area, made several cruises with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean, and occasionally visited northern Europe and South America. She also participated in Arctic Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line support operations in 1955 and 1957, a Project "Mercury" space flight support mission in 1961, the Cuban Missile Crisis blockade in 1962, the Palomares nuclear weapons recovery effort in 1966, weapons development efforts, disaster relief undertakings, and a large number of Amphibious exercises. USS Plymouth Rock was decommissioned in September 1983. Following a decade in the Reserve Fleet, she was sold for scrapping in September 1995.

(Dock Landing Ship)

Image below is the USS Ashland (LSD1).  Photo contributed by Norm Jepson, BMSN

This hybrid sea going vessel was initially conceived in November, 1941. As the design progressed and developed, the Tank Landing Craft (TLC) was re-designated an Artillery Transport, Mechanized (APM) - 8 vessels (APM 1-8), were authorized for the U. S. Navy and 7 vessels - (BAPM 1-7) were ordered for the Royal Navy under the Lend Lease Act. Before actual construction of these 15 vessels began, the designator was again changed, this time, to Landing Ship, Dock (LSD). The Navy twice expanded orders of the design during WWII - first to total 19 vessels, then to total 27 LSDs.

Landing Ship, Docks (LSDs) were designed to transport loaded landing craft, amphibious vehicles and troops into an amphibious landing area; ballast down to flood their well decks; lower the stern gate to the sea, and disembark their craft and vehicles for the assault on a hostile beach. Once a beachhead was established, they acted as offshore repair docks for damaged ships, craft and vehicles up to Landing Ship Medium (LSM) and Landing Ship Infantry (LSI) sizes. In at least one reported case, the bow of a Destroyer Escort (DE) was docked for emergency repairs. Equipped with their long dry docks; shipfitter's shop; machine shop; and a carpentry shop; these vessels were able to handle extensive repairs at the scene of the assault. The first 27 of the LSD design were considered prototypes. As soon as one LSD was launched, commissioned and tested in actual combat conditions, successive launchings of the LSDs reflected the latest improvements in armament and transport capacity with their "super" or "portable" prefabricated decks. The end result, is that no two LSDs of the World War II design are exactly alike!

The current Harper's Ferry Class (LSD-49 thru LSD 52) can deliver up to two LCAC (Landing Craft, Air Cushion) or a larger number of conventional landing craft, plus transport some 402 Marines, as well as an additional short distance transport of 102 more. There are also two other classes currently in operation; Whidbey Island LSD-41 thru LSD-48, and Anchorage class, LSD-36 thru LSD40. The Whidbey Island class can carry up to 4 LCAC while the others can only carry two.

A typical ARG (Amphibious Ready Group) of Marines embarks an LHA or LHD-Amphibious Assault Ship, an LSD-Dock Landing Ship, and an LPH-Amphibious Transport Dock
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