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•   Mark Leinhauser (1978)  26/3
•   David Corrigan (1993)  22/3
•   Mark Byrne (1992)  21/3
•   Robert F. Staple-Kelley III (1985)  21/3
•   David Glass (Glass) (1986)  15/3
•   James Jasper Wilkinson (1983)  13/3
•   Patrick Jensen (1976)  13/3
•   Rm-2 Richard K. Heitzenrater (1963)  12/3
•   Bradley Strickland Mm2 (1983)  11/3
•   Aaron Juravel  2/3
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Who lives where - click links below to find out.

4 live in Alabama
1 lives in Alaska
3 live in Arizona
2 live in Arkansas
1 lives in Armed Forces Europe
1 lives in Armed Forces Pacific
13 live in California
2 live in Colorado
4 live in Connecticut
19 live in Florida
6 live in Georgia
1 lives in Idaho
11 live in Illinois
7 live in Indiana
1 lives in Iowa
3 live in Kansas
1 lives in Maine
4 live in Maryland
4 live in Massachusetts
4 live in Michigan
2 live in Minnesota
6 live in Missouri
1 lives in Nebraska
2 live in Nevada
6 live in New Jersey
2 live in New Mexico
16 live in New York
14 live in North Carolina
10 live in Ohio
3 live in Oklahoma
3 live in Oregon
8 live in Pennsylvania
1 lives in Rhode Island
9 live in South Carolina
1 lives in South Dakota
1 lives in Tennessee
13 live in Texas
2 live in Vermont
10 live in Virginia
3 live in Washington
1 lives in West Virginia
7 live in Wisconsin
1 lives in Guatemala
80 location unknown
25 are deceased


•   Lloyd J. Cromer, Ctm-2 (1975)  3/28
•   Patrick Conn Em-3 (1978)  3/31
•   Kenneth E. Mahoney (1977)  3/31
•   Paul Hance (1963)  4/3
•   Lucky Young (1967)  4/4
•   William Haire (2002)  4/12
•   Patrick Harden (1994)  4/15
•   Kenneth Salisbury (1963)  4/16
•   Wright Truesdell, Rd-2 (1963)  4/27


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Welcome to the USS LaSalle (LPD-3/AGF-3) 1964 - 2005 web site. Please send me an email and I will get your "Shipmates" Profile started. Be sure to include dates you served, rate, etc. in the email so I'll know you served in USS LaSalle LPD-3 or AGF-3 Contact Us This site is for use by US Navy Veterans who served in USS LaSalle LPD-3 / AGF-3 and their family members.

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"Versatility at Sea" - "FACILITAS AD MAREM"
 22 Feb 1964 -27 May 2005

Branson, Missouri 2016 Men
Bob Craig, Andy Anderson, John Woynicz, Don Nighswander, Bobby Hamby, David Hawkins
David Miller, Lucky Young, Arnet Hagen, Joe Merchant, Roger Kane
Branson - Ladies 2016
Branson, Missouri 2016 Ladies
We had a wondereful reunion in Branson, MO. Thanks to Joe & Ruth Ann Merchant and Arnet & Ms. Hagen.
If you missed the reunion and would like to receive notifications about the next reunion, please contact Arnet.  Also, send at least $20 for your Association Dues.  You may pay for them by going to the Support your site:
Please tell your shipmates about the USS LaSalle LPD-AGF-3 web site and encourage them to sign up as a member of the Association and plan for the next reunion. Detalis soon.
Or Send an email to Andy Anderson 1966-1969 Electrical Officer / MPA

Arnet Hagen SEC/Treasure
1430-S West Camano Dr
Camano Island WA 98282
 360 387-7710 Best to send email : phone reception is bad on the island.


USS Oak Hill LSD-51 Ship Visit in Little Creek JEB 10-10-2014

Shipmates on USS Oak Hill LSD-51 for tour 10-10-2014

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The USS LaSalle AGF-3 was the 4th oldest active ship when decommissioned, after the USS Kitty Hawk and the The USS Constitution sailing ship in Boston Harbor is still retained on active Navy status.  The USS Arizona (BB-39) still in commission as a memorial to those lost in WWII. (Thanks to Kenneth Mahoney for this.)




 La Salle A town and county in Illinois named after Rene Robert Chevalier de La Salle, one of the most celebrated explorers and builders of New France in the 17th century.


II (LPD-3: dp. 13,900; l. 522'; b. 84'; s. 23 k.; cpl. 490; trp. 1,000; a. 8 3", 6 heli.; cl. Raleigh) 

The second La Salle (LPD-3) was laid down by New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2 April 1962; launched 3 August 1963; sponsored by Mrs. Victor M. Longstreet; and commissioned 22 February 1964, Capt Edward H. Winslow in command.

After shakedown and training in the Caribbean and off Norfolk, the amphibious transport dock departed Norfolk 9 October to participate in Operation “Steel Pike I”, a complex training exercise involving over 80 ships and United States and Spanish troops. She closed the coast of Spain off Huelva 26 October, and embarked Under Secretary of the Navy Paul B. Faye, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Horacio Rivero, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Wallace N. Greene, and Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Congressman Mendel Rivers to watch the landing operations.

The exercise completed 4 November, La Salle joined the 6th Fleet at Naples for amphibious operations and joint NATO training. She returned to Norfolk 13 March 1965.

With then-Vice Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., Commander Amphibious Forces, Atlantic Fleet embarked, La Salle sailed on 1 May for the Dominican Republic during the revolution where she served as Command and Control for the operation, returning to Norfolk on 1 June. Three weeks later it joined the Caribbean Amphibious Ready Squadron, returning to home port on 21 September to begin training operations along the east coast and in the Caribbean.

Through the first half of 1966, La Salle continued operating off the east coast. July and September were spent in Norfolk for upkeep and modifications, with further exercises following. On 3 November, she recovered a Gemini II test space capsule near Ascension Island. This was returned to Cape Kennedy, Fla., and the rest of the year spent on local operations in the Atlantic. La Salle entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard on 9 January 1967 for repairs and remained there until 20 March. The remainder of 1967 and the first three quarters of 1968 were spent conducting various exercises and port visits which ranged along the entire Atlantic and Gulf coasts and into the Carribean as well. On 2 November she put into Norfolk to prepare for an extended employment with the 6th Fleet. Departing 13 November, she steamed first to Moorhead City, N.C. and then began her voyage to the Mediterranean where she remains into 1969.



Our next reunion is being planned for Branson, MO in October 2016 - Details to follow.  Any ideas you have will be welcomed.  We need people to assist in planning.

Thanks Arnet

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Photo of the USS LaSalle men Gettsyburg, PA

Photo of the USS LaSalle ladies Gettysburg. PA

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Thanks to Bob Boucher, I have added some "In Memory" pages.  Please take a look and if you know of a deceased shipmate or have additional information for those listed "In Memory" please let me know.


Andy Anderson

Webmaster USS LaSale LPD-3 Reunion Association.

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See the USS LaSallel in Chapter 4 About 1 1/2 minutes into the show.

At Cape Canaveral, a unique rocket configuration was rolled out to the launch pad. Atop the standard Titan IIIC solid rocket boosters was a hollow mock-up of the MOL laboratory, and atop that, workers attached an unmanned Gemini-B capsule. Designers needed to test whether the Gemini's heat shield would still work after the MOL's access hatch had been cut into it. Unlike most NASA launches, there were no astronauts on display.

Some of us were there: First crossing of the Equator.

Have a great day!

Andy Anderson

USS LaSalle LPD-3

Electrical Officer



I welcome hearing from anyone that was onboard from precom to 1966 and any one else that may know me or served with me in the past.

I just finished college and I graduate this Saturday Dec 17th 2011 also my birthday. I majored in Liberal Arts with a 3.92 GPA or an A- not bad for being out of school since the 70's.

Paul "Zip" Barger!/photo.php?v=169861010857
This is a link to a video of the sinking of La Salle.

Robert Weccle BTFN
Hi, My name is Chris Justin. I was aboard the LaSalle '75-77. I was recently contacted by a lawyer representing the estate of Robert Weccle BTFN, who served aboard the LaSalle '75-77. The lawyer informed me that Robert had passed away in 2012, from mesothelioma. I vaguely remember Robert. I believe he served in the forward boiler room, while I served in the rear boiler room and that's probably the reason I have limited memories of him. I wish I had more info for you. Perhaps if you posted the above info on your site someone will remember Robert from those days long ago aboard the LaSalle. RIP Robert! Thanks, Chris Justin Waukegan, IL 

If anyone has an Obituary on Robert, please send it to Andy Anderson

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