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2015 Reunion at Annapolis, Maryland

The dates are set for April 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2015, arriving on Thursday and departing on Sunday. We will be staying at the Hotel O’Callaghan in the historic district. At $115. per night, it is the most reasonable hotel in the area.
The festivities will begin Thursday night in the hospitality meeting room.
The tour of the Naval Academy (USNA) will be on Friday at 10 a.m. It is a 2 1/2 hour tour followed by lunch at the Naval Academy Club. Dinner that night will be on our own.
On Saturday at 10 a.m. we will board the Schooner Liberte (a three masted sailing rig) for a two hour cruise of Annapolis Harbor and the USNA lunch included. Yet to be announced will be either a trolley or bus tour of the historic district. That evening we will have dinner at the O’Callahan Hotel, followed by our usual auction.
Each night, the ship’s store will be open in the hospitality meeting room. The cost per couple to help buffer the Associations expense will be $125.

Welcome Aboard!

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USS HERMITAGE was the seventh THOMASTON - class dock landing ship. Decommissioned on October 2, 1989, the HERMITAGE was leased to Brazil the same day. There, the ship was recommissioned as CEARA. On January 24, 2001, the ship was finally purchased by Brazil.

Awarded: October 14, 1954
Keel laid: April 11, 1955
Launched: June 12, 1956
Commissioned: December 14, 1956
Decommissioned: October 2, 1989
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi
Propulsion system: two 600 psi boilers, two geared turbines
Propellers: two
Length: 510 feet (155.5 meters)]
Beam: 84 feet (25.6 meters)
Draft: 19 feet (5.8 meters)
Displacement: approx. 11,300 tons full load
Speed: 22 knots
Well deck capacity three LCU or nine LCM-8 or 50 AAV
Aircraft: help platform only
Crew: Ship: 18 officers, 330 enlisted
Crew: Marine Detachment: approx. 330 Marines
Armament: two dual 3-inch/50 caliber Mk-33 gun mounts

Source: Unofficial US Navy Site


Ship's History 1956-1962

Unofficial Ship's Log 1957-1958



Walt Kabis' 1963 Med Shots

Vietnam 1967 Ship's History

Vietnam Cruise Book

Vietnam 1967 and Robert Stack

David F. Worley, USMC on Vietnam Cruise

People to People Programs 1967

Chronology 1968

Basic Narrative 1968

Chronology 1969

Chronology 1970

Chronology 1971

Chronology 1972

Med Cruise In Port Routine

Richard Ray's Carib 2-72 Photos

Rudy Smith's 1969 Med Shots

Jack Pusel's Memorabilia

Hermitized Gator

Smitty's 1973 Photos

Collision by Gregory Hausler

Christmas Menu

Christmas in Rota

MARG 3-84

Michael Sheridan's Photos

Plank Owners

Decommissioning Booklet I

Decommissioning Booklet II

Decommissioning Booklet III

Decommissioning Booklet IV

Decommissioning Booklet V

Decommissioning Booklet VI


High Line


2009 Reunion

2011 Reunion

2013 Reunion

Don Phillips' Med and North Atlantic Cruise Books--Part One

Don Phillips' Med and North Atlantic Cruise Books--Part Two

Third Division 1975 Cruise Book

JFK Remembered


Radio Shack

Documenting Claims of Injury and Disability


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Around 1986, an LST hit the Herm off South Carolina, and put a big ding in the her bow.

page0_2 Panama 1964
Where else were we encouraged to wear white and khaki shorts. Photo courtesy  of Mr. Chadwick, the XO. Jim Cullen reports that the

"Panama deployment was known by the famous PA call "Beer on the Pier," as there was no liberty (too dangerous). The pier, on a semi-deserted U.S. Army Special Forces base (surrounded by jungle) was as far as we were allowed. Lots of beer consumed on that pier with basketball court and music (probably all Frankie Valle/Four Seasons) on the PA system."

page0_2 Hermitage in Brazil----NDD Ceara Gf-30 After 33 years of service, the Hermitage was decommissioned in 1989, sold to Brazil, where it became the Ceara.

Click for more Ceara photos on Flickr


2015 Reunion in Annapolis, Maryland.

Thank you Ted Waples for coordinating the 2013 Reunion cruise. Outstanding!


John Papalia
Walt Kabis
Stan Hildenbrand
Ted Waples
Roger Tatum
Aaron Finestone
Dennis Clarke


We thank C.J. and Julene DeHart for founding the Reunion and managing it for years and years of dedicated service.

Snail mail: 10097 Cleary Boulevard, No. 174, Plantation, Florida 33324

Join now. For membership email Walt Kabis.

Facebook Groups: USS Hermitage Association / U.S.S. Hermitage (LSD-34)



It was an honor to be able to start the USS Hermitage LSD-34 reunion group as we call it. We have meet so many wonderful people and enjoy seeing so much of the United States. We wish to thank the seven that are taking over and we are sure that they will do a beautiful job. Good job on the website too. All of the group will not be forgotten and we thank each one of the shipmates and wives that have made this USS Hermitage LSD-34 group possible. May God bless each of you and everyone of you!
C. J. and Julene DeHart

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Aaron Finestone's photo collection