OUR PREDECESSORS LSD - 39 is the fifth U.S. Navy ship to bear the proud name of MOUNT VERNON. Her four predecessors all served with distinction in times of conflict, dating back to the Civil War. The first MOUNT VERNON was a wooden screw merchant steamer built in 1859. She was purchased by the Navy Department in 1861 and fitted out as a gunboat. In just over two years of blockade duty. MOUNT VERNON captured or ran aground more than a dozen Confederate and British vessels. Among her memorable exploits was participation in the attacks on the Confederate stronghold of Fort Fisher near Wilmington. North Carolina. The fall of this fort in January of 1865 hastened the end of the Civil War. as this was the last Confederate port by which supplies from Europe could reach General Lee ' s troops at Richmond. The second MOUNT VERNON was also in the Civil War. She was a side ■ wheel river steamer fitted out as a gunboat for defense of Washington. DC. and served in the Potomac Flotilla of Commander James H. Ward, the first naval officer to lose his life in the Civil War. In November. 1861. the name of this ship was changed to MOUNT WASHINGTON to avoid confusion with the first MOUNT VERNON. The third MOUNT VERNON was originally named the CROWN PRINCESS CECILIE built in 1907 in Germany for the North German Lloyd Lines, she was the pride of the luxury liners of her time. She departed New York July 28, 1914, with a full passenger list and gold bullion for the English and French banks. The next week was full of drama, commencing with wireless orders from Bremen for the liner to reverse course and seek a neutral United States port. Under cover of daytime fog, the liner repainted funnels to resemble the colors of a White Star Liner. She was completely concealed by the night as all portholes were covered and no light on board was visible. She made top speed through fog and darkness to elude four British cruisers sent to intercept her. On August 4, CROWN PRINCESS CECILIE, safely entered Bar Harbor, Maine. During succeeding days her passengers traveled to Boston and New York in special trains. A " Gold Train " with armed guard and crew transferred the 10.700,000 dollars in gold bullion to New York. On November 6, 1914, CROWN PRINCESS CECILIE was escorted from Bar Harbor for internment in Boston Harbor. When it became apparent that the U.S. would enter World War I, the German crew wrecked her engines, and numerous name plates in the engine room was mutilated, removed or exchanged. Upon declaration of war, the liner was transferred to Navy custody for service as a troop transport. The colossal repair and conversion was completed in a little over three months, and the former German liner was commissioned USS MOUNT VERNON on July 28, 1917. By August of 1918, MOUNT VERNON had made nine troop • lifts between New York and Brest, France. Departing again from Brest in September, she was 200 miles off the French coast when on Setember 5, her number one guncrew spotted the periscope of a German submarine 500 yards off her starboard bow. She opened fire on the submarine and it submerged as a torpedo wake streaked toward the ship The torpedo struck amidships, blowing out all four engines on the starboard side, which formed half her total power plant. The transport reversed course for Brest, where she was placed in drydock for temporary repairs. The torpedo explosion had taken the lives of 36 men and injured 3 others. MOUNT VERNON returned to Boston for permanent repairs, which were still underway when the war ended in November 1918. She had transported 33.660 men to France during her combat career. She rejoined the transport service in February 1919. and returned 42.500 veterans home from France before decommis- sioning in September 1919. The fourth MOUNT VERNON was built in 1933 as the spacious liner SS WASHINGTON and operated by the United States Lines. Upon being acquired by the Navy on 16 June 1941 she was placed in the Philadelphia Navy yard where her 100 dollar a day suites were stripped and replaced with many steel bunks. In August 1941 she put to sea and during World War II served gallantly both in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. On 18 January 1946 after transporting thousands of troops throughout the world MOUNT VERNON was decommissioned and delivered to the U.S. Maritime Commission The latest MOUNT VERNON bears a proud name, one famous not only in American Naval Annals but also one of a legendary estate, rich in American Heritage. This legacy represents a challenge to the fifth United States ship MOUNT VERNON embarking on her life with the Fleet today. USS MOUNT VERNON LSD - 39 USS MOUNT VERNON (LSD • 39) is the fifth ship commissioned in the United States Navy to bear the proud name. Built by the Quincy Shipbuilding Division, General Dynamics Corporation, at Quincy, Massachu- setts, its keel was laid on 29 January 1970, Sixteen months later, on 17 April 1971, MOUNT VERNON was launched, designated homcport of San Diego, California. The fourth in a series of five USS ANCHORAGE class dock landing ships, USS MOUNT VERNON is 562 feet in length. Its beam width is 84 feet at the widest point. Fully loaded, the ship displaces 13,700 with a mean draft of 19 feet as measured from keel to waterline. The ship ' s main armament consists of three 3 " 50 single purpose twin gun mounts. Installed electronic equipment includes air and surface surveillance radars, a navigational radar and sufficient communications equipment to support the ship ' s amphibious mission. MOUNT VERNON ' s helicopter landing platform can be used in support of helicopted assault and logistics operations. Refueling, limited repairs and minor maintenance of aircraft can also be provided. The ship is designed to transport, and operate, heavy landing craft from her well deck. Wet - well evolutions are facilitated through the use of a complex, electro - hydraulically controlled ballasting and deballisting system. The ship ' s habitability features amply provide for the messing and berthing of 18 officers and 335 enlisted personnel normally assigned. They further provide for the berthing, feeding and cargo transport of approxi- mately 300 fully equipped combat troops of the landing force- Since reporting for duty with the Pacific Fleet, MOUNT VERNON has completed six operational deploy- ments with the Seventh Fleet in the Far East. In each of the six periods of deployed service, the ship acquitted itself with distinction. Symbolic of that dedicated performance of duty, MOUNT VERNON has been awarded the Navy Unit Commendations, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditonary Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal. ducted numerous amphibious operations. While on Deployment, the ship received notice it had won battle efficiency " E ' s " in Gunnery. Supply, Assault Boat Coxswains, Combat Information Center, and Deck Seamanship On 23 October 1983, MOUNT VERNON returned to it ' s home- port of San Diego, having successfully steamed over 26,568 nautical miles. As in each of the past periods of deployed service, the ship acquitted itself with distinction. Symbolic of that dedicated performance of duty, MOUNT VERNON has been awarded the Navy Unit Commendation, the Nation Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal. On 4 May 1983, MOUNT VERNON sailed from San Diego, California in the company of USS TARAWA (LHA-1), USS JUNEAU (LPD-10), USS TRIPOLI (LPH-10), USS DULUTH (LPD-6), USS FRESNO (LST-1182), and USS FREDRICK (LST- 1184). As a member of Amphibious Squadron One, MOUNT VERNON was beginning her sixth overseas operational deployment with the Sev- enth Fleet to the Far East. On 22 May 1983, CDR William L. MaVks, USN relieved CDR. James H. Goodwin, USN in a change of command ceremony off the coast of Hawaii. Over the course of this deployment the ship visited Hawaii, Hong Kong, Subic Bay, Okinawa, Yokosuka, Murawan, Sasebo, and Guam, and con- USS MOUNT VERNON SHIELD The shield, traditionally symbolic of defense, alludes to the MOUNT VERNON as an element of our National Defense System. The colors of blue and gold are traditional to the United States Navy. The shield is emblematic of an LSD discharging three combat - loaded assault craft. The large triangle represents MOUNT VERNON, oriented so as to discharge three LCU ' s which are denoted by the three small triangles. The areas between the jagged ■ ' Embattled Lines " is known in heraldry as the " Field of Combat. " and is shown as a field of red. The LCUs as our main " Element of Combat " are shown crossing the " Field of Combat " laden with the spearhead of an Amphibious Assault, enroute to a hostile foreign shore. The figure in the upper right hand corner of the shield is the ancient and mythical " Sea Dog " , one of the original amphibians, and the standard of MOUNT VERNON. The four stars, on either side of the ship ' s name commemorate the exemplary service of the four previous U.S. Navy ships of the name MOUNT VERNON beginning with the Civil War and extending through World Wars I and II. The motto, " Exitus Acta Probat " comes from the George Washington family Coat of Arms, and was also the motto of his home. Mount Vernon, from whence comes the name of the ship. The motto means " Action Produces Results. " Commander Amphibious Squadron One Captain David R. Morris U.S. Navy Born in San Diego. Captain Morris grew up in Tooele. Utah. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1957 and received his commission through the NROTC pro- gram. He served in USS OAK HILL (LSD - 7) as an Ensign, then reported to Pensacola. Florida for flight training. Upon his designation as a Naval Aviator in June 1959, he reported to Fighter Squadron 124 at NAS Moffett Field. California as a F8U " Crusad- er " fighter pilot. He subsequently flew the crusader in five fighter squadrons prior to reporting as Assistant Air Operations Officer on the staff. Carrier Group FIVE Attack Carrier Striking Force Seventh Fleet in October 1969. He then served a tour in Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 4 as Administrative Officer and Project Test Pilot. Following a tour as Executive Officer he took command of Fighter Squadron 24 in May 1972 while deployed in USS HANCOCK (CVA - 19) conducting combat oper- ations off the coast of Vietnam Captain Morris next attended the Air War College at Maxwell AFB. Alabama during which time he also received a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Auburn University. His next assignment was in USS RANGER (CV ■ 61) where he performed as Air Operations and Operations Officer He next served as Executive Assistant and Flag Secretary for the Commander Naval Air Force. U.S. Pacific Fleet, followed by a two year tour as Commanding Officer of USS ST. LOUIS (LKA - 116). Captain Morris assumed command of Amphibious Squadron ONE on 10 June 1982. Captain Morris has been awarded three Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal. 25 Air Medals, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, and numerous other personal decorations for more than 300 combat missions over North Vietnam. He has three children, son Darin and daughters Cyndy and Drew. Commanding Officer Commander William L. Marks as. Navy A native of Flint. Michigan, Commander William L. Marks graduated from Iowa State University of Ames, Iowa in February 1966 witfi a Bacfielor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Following commissioning at Officer Candidate School, he attended the Submarine Officer Basic Course in Groton, Connecticut, and was subse- quently assigned to the USS BARRACUDA (SST - 3), homeport in Key West, Florida, in July 1967. In BARRACUDA he served as Weapons and Supply Officer and later as the Engineer Officer. Commander Marks ' next assignment was with Submarine Devel- opment Group ONE in San Diego, California, where he was the Assistant Officer- in ■ Charge of the first Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle. In 1972. Commander Marks was transferred to Pearl Harbor. Hawaii, where he served as Engineer Officer of USS BARBEL (SS - 580) until 1974 and Operations Officer and Navigator of USS BLUEBACK (SS ■ 581) until January 1977. In March of 1977. he assumed the duties as Executive Officer of USS BARBEL (SS - 580). Beginning in October 1978. Commander Marks attended the U.S. Naval Postgradu- ate School in Monterey, California, where he earned a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. Following graduation in December 1980. he was assigned as Executive Officer of USS CLEVELAND (LPD - 7) homeported in San Diego, California. In May 1983, during Western Pacific Deployment, Commander Marks assumed duties as Commanding Officer of USS MOUNT VERNON (LSD - 39). Commander Marks is married to the former Pamela Ann Morey of Ames. Iowa. They have two daughters, Kathryn Ann and Diane Marie. Executive Officer LCDR John G. Robinson U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander John G. ROBINSON graduated from the U.S. Naval Acad- emy in 1970, after which he reported to USS JOUETT (CG - 29) as Main Propulsion Assistant, Homeported in San Diego, California, LCDR ROBINSON saw extensive service off the coast of North Vietnam from 1970 through 1973. In 1974 LCDR ROBINSON served in officer procurements while assigned to Navy Recruiting District. Portland. Oregon, Following graduation from the Surface Warfare Officer Department Head Course in Newport. Rhode Island, he was transferred to San Diego where he served as Weapons Officer in USS JOHN R. CRAIG (DD - 885) until 1978. and Operation Officer in USS ANCHORAGE (LSD 36) until 1980. In 1981. Lieutenant Commander ROBINSON reported as Executive Officer of USS MOUNT VERNON (LSD • 39). Lieutenant Commander ROBINSON resides in Coro- nado, California. •e.,; 1 DEPARTMENT HEADS LCDR C W. HIRE FIRST LIEUTENANT LCDR T.F STEWARD CHIEF ENGINEER LT R L FORD OPERATIONS OFFICER LT MA WARCHAL SUPPLY OFFICER LT PC. SILVERS NAVIGATOR DIVISION OFFICERS LT RE. COIL ASST NAVIGATOR LT D,F, OZEROFF COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER LT S.D. SHAW ELECTRICAL OFFICER LT J.P. SPENCER CIC OFFICER LTJG J.M. BRODARICK FIRST DIVISION LEGAL OFFICER LTJG F.J. SOURGOSE MPA B DIVISION OFFICER DIVISION OFFICERS P ENS C.H. JENSEN SECOND DIVISION OFFICER ENS J ANTONELLIS THIRD DIVISION OFFICER ENS. J. SMITH III ENG ADMIN OFFICER ENS W M. GLUF ASST. COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER ENS D.B- FOSTER M DIVISION SAFETY OFFICER ENS A. WEBER AUX PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER DIVISION OFFICERS ENS D.S- GILLILAND ASST SECOND DIVISION OFFICER ENS D. MILLER DISBURSING OFFICER Wt " CW02 R.R. BLACK SHIP ' S BOSUN CW02 R.G. 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