USS Ashland (LSD-1) in WWII

A collection of pictures of USS Ashland (LSD-1) in WWII, 1943 - 1946

James Kendall's WWII Pictures

Some other pictures. Click on the picture to see a larger version.


This photograph, taken from a LSD training manual, demonstrates the loading LCM's (Landing Craft Mechanized) into the welldeck.   LCM's carried troops, equipment, guns, ammunition, fuel, etc., from the ship to the beach.


This is not a drawing of USS Ashland, but a generic drawing of Landing Ship Docks.   A picture of USS Belle Grove (LSD-2) was below this drawing.  Source unknown. 101kb

Golden Dragon Steaming in company with escort USS Warrington (383), enroute to Noumea, USS Ashland (LSD-1) crossed the International Date Line for the first time on October 26, 1943, at 1700 (5pm).   Bill Erwin, Coxswain, was a Plankowner and served aboard the ship 1943-45.  He is a resident of Wills Point, Texas.

Iwo JimaLT. Milton Ferguson, Intelligence and Aircraft Recognition Officer, at the rail of USS Ashland (LSD-1), with Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, in the background.   Ashland participated in the invasion of Iwo Jima and was awarded a battle star for her efforts in this engagement.  Milt help start the USS Ashland LSD Association.  He served as Treasurer and Newsletter Editor.  In his honor, the Milton M. Ferguson Award was created and is presented to a worthy recipients.


   Jap sub in welldeck of USS Ashland. 74 KB   Clicking on the picture takes
   you to the website of USS Rocky Mount (AGC-3).  Ashland served in the
   5th Amphibious Assault Group and command was aboard USS Rocky Mount.
   To visit The Rock website, click  HERE

A heavyly loaded USS ASHLAND (LSD-1) steaming in the Pacific during World War II.  The dark lines on the aft portion of the ship was made by dirty water when the ship was ballasted down to load or unload cargo.