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USS Plymouth Rock (LSD29)

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 Website Last Updated September 07, 2016

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Newsletter 44

Click here to access the latest newsletter Newsletter 44 (May - August, 2016) in PDF format.


After 14.5 years as the USS Plymouth Rock newsletter editor, I am planning to retire after the 44th edition.  I think someone else with new ideas and a different perspective needs to take over the position.  I have given a lot of thought to the change, an feel that is the thing to do.  I would be available to give assistance, guidance, etc to my replacement. 

The newsletter is published three times a year (April, August and December) and is mailed out to all dues paying members as well as being made available to all members by means of a link through our website.

Things you should know how to do.

1.     Able to work with Microsoft Word.  (I do the newsletter in word, however could be done using another program).

2.    Able to scan pictures and paste them in the newsletter. 

3.    Able to copy material from other sources such as the internet, articles that get sent to us from shipmates and paste them in the newsletter.

4.    Feel comfortable cutting and pasting in MS Word, so as to be able to organize the newsletter.

5.    Able to use MS Word to set up a Mail Merge and  print mailing labels for mailing to paid dues members.  (I would provide a MS Excel file with names and addresses.)

6.    Make arrangements with a local printer to have the newsletter printed.   About 140+ copies.  All costs associated with putting out the newsletter are borne by the Association.

7.    Prepare the newsletter for mailing.  Attach labels, stamps, return labels and stuff newsletter into envelopes.

8.    Creating the newsletter is not difficult in itself, however to need to stay on top of it and not wait until the due date to start.

If you are interested in using your talents as the new editor, you will need to contact either myself Bill Provencal at,  David Dortch at, or Tom Wagner at  Any action on this will be addressed at the business meeting at the 2016 reunion.


We mailed by US Mail a hard copy to all dues paying association members on August 29, 2016.  The current newsletter as well as archived newsletters is available by clicking here.  You may also receive a copy of the newsletter 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.  Check in time is 3:00PM and Check out is 11:00 am.  We will be staying at the Holiday Inn, located at 7813 N. Davis Hwy, Pensacola ,Fla. This location is adjacent to Exit 13 off I-10. 

Room Rates:  We have confirmed room rates at $109.00/night plus 11.5% taxes and fees.  This includes a complimentary breakfast.  You will be given 2 breakfast vouchers per room, breakfast is in the hotel restaurant.

Cancellation Policy:  Group is 30 days prior to September 28.  Individual cancellation is 6:00 PM, date of arrival.

Reservations:  To obtain the group date, reservations must be made before Midnight on August 27, 2016.  The Holiday Inn reservation Number is1-800-HOLIDAY OR PHONE NUMBER FOR HOTEL IS 1-850-472-1400. The web site is  The group code for our reservations is PLY/Reunion.  A credit card is required to guarantee individual reservations. 

What is available at the hotel:  Heated pool, hot tub, fitness center, internet access, business center, complimentary parking. 

Hospitality Room:  If we reserve 20 rooms, use of room is free, other wise cost to the Association is $100,00 per day.  Hospitality room is 100% Non-smoking.  Snacks, liquor, beer will be allowed in the Hospitality Room

Reunion Dinner:  Menu options:  All entrees are listed below and come with appropriate sides, breads, chef’s choice of dessert, and iced tea.  There is a 25 person minimum on all buffets, and all prices are allinclusive. 

               Seafood Grill – Boiled Shrimp, Grilled Amberjack with Cajun butter @ $30.90/guest
               Country Buffet – Fried Chicken, Roast Beef @ $27.03/guest

A cash bar will be open for two hours at the dinner.

Tours:  The Naval Air Museum - 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( there is a charge for movies), 4D Blue Angel Theater, 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.

Travel to the Museum should be by personal vehicle. The alternative would be a shuttle bus if needed, and I would have to get the rate.

The best reason to use personal vehicles is the level of interest.  It will be extremely fascinating to some…. or it could be a short trip. If you visit and try all activities available, it could take at least 2 days

There are many beaches in the Pensacola area and if anyone wants to visit a ship, The USS Alabama is 51 miles west of the hotel on Mobile Bay just off I-10 at the USS Alabama Memorial Park.  We will have information available on this at the reunion or earlier.

Application:  The registration application for the reunion must be completed and mailed with your meal deposit prior to September 15, 2016. Click here to obtain a printable copy of the Registration form.

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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