In Honor Of Those Who Served On The USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA-3)
- The patch is $23.00 plus free shipping and a percentage is going to the Freedom House. Patch Size: 4 Inches
The Freedom House provides transitional housing and support services to veterans facing a housing crisis.
- Their mission is to support homeless veterans in our community in their efforts to achieve greater self sufficiency. Including the ability to secure and maintain permanent housing. Support will be provided through intensive case management and access to community resources dedicated to enhancing self sufficiency, and will reflect the individual needs of those served.
Belleau Wood, near Chateau Thierry, France, was the scene of a battle between the 4th Marine Brigade and elements of three German divisions in June 1918. This was part of the larger Battle of the Aisne, launched on 27 May by Germany in the hopes of defeating French forces near Paris before significant American forces could arrive at the front. The German Southern Army Group broke through the British and French divisions defending Chemin des Dames ridge on the first day of the attack, forcing the defenders across the Aisne and Vesle Rivers. German forces continued their advance, reaching the Marne River on 1 June before the offensive slowed.
Built by: Ingalls Shipbuilding Division of Litton Industries, Pascagoula, Mississippi.
- Keel Date: 5 March 1973
- Launched: 11 April 1977
- Sponsor (Christened) by: Mrs. James L. Holloway III, wife of former Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral James L. Holloway III, 11 June 1977.
- Commissioned: 23 September 1978
- Redesignated: (n/a)
- Decommissioned: 28 October 2005
- Recommissioning date: (n/a)
- Strike Date: 28 October 2005
- Final Disposition: SinkEx on 13 July 2006 in the Pacific