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•   John Parker Parker  4/6
•   Thomas F. Long, Jr. Dk-2  3/26
•   Patrick J. Keaveny Ltjg  3/24
•   James E. Ward  3/21
•   James Cermak  3/14



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3 live in Alabama
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1 lives in Arkansas
1 lives in Armed Forces Europe
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3 live in Connecticut
13 live in Florida
3 live in Georgia
1 lives in Idaho
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1 lives in South Dakota
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8 live in Texas
2 live in Vermont
6 live in Virginia
3 live in Washington
5 live in Wisconsin
31 location unknown
16 are deceased


•   Wright Truesdell, Rd-2  4/27
•   Robert King Bt2  5/6
•   Gary Witthans, Mmfn  5/6
•   Joseph James, Sa  5/13
•   John Johnson  5/14
•   Robert A. Lewis  5/17


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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

We had a great reunion in Rapid City, SD September 2012 - Our 2014 Reunion is being planned for Norflok / Virginia Beach to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the commissioning of the USS LaSalle LPD-3.  Make your plans now. Details later it will be in the Sept-Oct 2014 time frame. Visit the LaSalle Photos for more photos.

Reunion 2012 Men

2012 Reunion Ladies

More Photos Here:

USS LaSalle LPD-3 Slide Show

Click here to see Navy Slide Show 2008 pictures

 We had a wonderful reunion in SEP 2010 in Gettysburg PA, .

Questions about 2014 reunion, email Arnet at

History Photos

Arnet Hagen, Sec/Treasurer USS LA SALLE Association

The is not endorsed by nor affiliated with United States Military or the United States Government. It is for use by US Navy Veterans who served in USS LaSalle LPD-3 / AGF-3 and their family members.

Picture courtesy of Paul J Daoust

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 Vice Adm. J. S. McCain, Jr., Commander Amphibious Forces, Atlantic Fleet embarked, La Salle sailed 1 May for exercises in the Caribbean, returning to Norfolk 1 June. Three weeks later she joined the Caribbean Amphibious Ready Squadron, returning to home port 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.



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Please remember this site is free to all, however, your donations would be helpful to maintain the site. Just click the "Donate" button. I'll be sending a Photo CD disk to all who donate $20 or more.  The disk will have ship photos and the Tiger Cruise, 2005 Decommisioning and the 2012 Reunion photos.

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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

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Click here to watch:

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.