USS Fort Marion (LSD-22)
USS Fort Marion (LSD-22), 1946-1970
The Casa-Grande class dock-landing ship, USS Fort Marion (LSD-22), was commissioned on January 29, 1946, at Gulf Shipbuilding Corporation, Chicksaw, Alabama. Serving on the west coast at the outbreak of the Korean War, she arrived off Korea in August 1950 and took part in the Inchon Invasion and the Wonsan Landing that fall. For the duration of the war, Fort Marion transported American troops to and from Japan, helped British Commandos in special operations, and assisted mine squadrons in Wonsan Harbor. Following an extensive overhaul in 1953, she remained in the western Pacific and served during the Vietnam War, participating in numerous Vietnamese Counteroffensives. Fort Marion was decommissioned on February 13, 1970, sold to the Republic of China in April 1977, and served as ROCS Chen Hai (LSD-192) until May 1999.
A model of Fort Marion can be found in the Korean War section (Cold War Gallery) of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy.
Image: 80-G-441736: USS Fort Marion (LSD-22), port view, 1952. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.