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2015 Reunion at Annapolis, Maryland
April 16 to 19
Naval Aadmey

If one could rate which city would be the most desirable for a Navy reunion, it would end in a dead heat between Norfolk and Annapolis. We are excited about hosting our next reunion in the great city of Annapolis, home of the U.S. Naval Academy.

If your idea of a vacation involves trendy boutiques and gourmet lattes or if you are a history buff, Annapolis has it all. The shopping district down Main Street is without question world class. Prepare to cover some ground and return with great finds.

As you walk down Main Street, you’ll catch a whiff of sweet and savory concoctions coming from international eateries. There are dozens of excellent restaurants within walking distance of our hotel. The pace in Annapolis can be whatever you make it but don’t be surprised if you find yourself busier than you’ve ever been, sun up to sun down.


The U.S. Naval Academy, by the way, has it’s own zip code. Since we’’ll be there in April, the Academy will be in session. Our tour of the Academy will give us an insider’s look at what’s behind the USNA walls. As we stroll the scenic grounds, known as the ‘Yard,’ our guide will point out the impressive Beaux Arts architecture and its tradition rich history. We will also have a chance to watch the 4,000 strong Brigade of Midshipmen during noon-meal formation.

The current curriculum of four consecutive years at Annapolis with at-sea training during the summer months was adopted in 1850. During the Civil War, the Academy moved to Newport, R.I. It was reestablished at Annapolis in 1865.


Throughout years of growth and change the basic mission of the Academy has remained: “To develop midshipmen morally, mentally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor and loyalty in order to graduate leaders who are dedicated to a career of naval service and have potential for future development in mind and character to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government.”

The dates are set, arriving on Thursday, April 16 and departing on Sunday April 19. We have rooms reserved for three nights at a rate of $115. per night. The Hotel is the O’Callaghan Annapolis Hotel. It is a Boutique Irish owned hotel, within walking distance to everything in Annapolis, including shops, restaurants and the USNA.

John Paul Jones

Schedule of Events
Thursday, April 16
Arrive Annapolis.
Check in Hotel O’Callaghan.
Hospitality Room.
4-7 p.m. Happy Hour.
Ships Store Open.
Friday, April 17
Breakfast on your own
9:30 a.m. Bus to USNA
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Tour USNA
12:30 p.m. lunch at Academy
Shopping and dinner on you own.
4-7 p.m. Happy Hour.
Ships Store Open.
Saturday, April 18
Breakfast on your own.
10 a.m. Bus to Eastport
where we board the Schooner
Liberte for a two hour harbor
cruise. Box lunch aboard Liberte.
7 p.m. Dinner at O’Callaghan Hotel.
Silent auction.
Ships Store Open.

John Paul Jones crypt at USNA Chapel

The fee of $125. per couple will assist our treasury in covering the cost of the guided tour of the USNA, lunch at the Academy, bus transportation to and from these venues, the cruise aboard the Schooner Liberte which includes a box lunch and dinner Saturday night at the John Barry restaurant.

Please commit to your attendance at the reunion by sending in your $125. as soon as possible and no later than March 1, 2015. Mail your check to:

USS Hermitage Association
10097 Cleary Blvd., #174
Plantation, Florida 33324
Reserve your room
Naval Aadmey
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

San Diego to Pearl to Danang

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

Thanksgiving 1979-1980 Med Cruise

Documenting Claims of Injury and Disability


page0_2-2 Collision


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