USS Duluth LPD-6 Commemorative Brick Purchase
USS Duluth LPD-6, named for the City of Duluth, MN, was commissioned on 18 December 1965 and decommissioned on 28 September 2005. The ship which proudly carried the name of the City of Duluth for 40 years, representing the community of Duluth throughout the world, was 569 feet long, 108 feet wide; carrying a crew of over 400 Sailors and 800+ U.S. Marines and equipment. Its primary function included a unique capability to land and support Marine expeditionary forces via both sea and air, but because of its unique design, also was a perfect platform for humanitarian missions, such as the evacuation of refugees from Saigon in 1975, aid in the clean-up of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, disaster relief following typhoon Mike (Ruping) in 1990 and in her final major mission, provided aid to the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami in January 2005.
In 2014, the City of Duluth was afforded the opportunity to acquire the starboard side anchor from the USS Duluth which, thanks to the tireless efforts of John Werner, on behalf of the St. Louis County Historical Society and the Veterans Memorial Hall program, as well as many local businesses and individuals, now rests proudly as the centerpiece of a permanent monument to the ship on Duluth’s Lake Walk. In order to help provide funding for a museum exhibit dedicated to preserving the artifacts and memories from USS Duluth LPD-6, a brick patio has been established at the site of the USS Duluth Anchor Monument, in which members of the community have the opportunity to obtain and have set in place, a brick engraved with their chosen information. Many shipmates who once served aboard the proud vessel have already placed their engraved bricks at the site and would be honored for members of the Duluth community to join them in this historic opportunity. The bricks are made entirely in the USA – manufactured near the Amish community of Sugarcreek, Ohio and laser engraved in Naples, Florida. The engravings are made to last a “lifetime;” warranted for 99 years. Proceeds from the engraved bricks will go directly to the support of the museum exhibit(s) dedicated to preserving the artifacts & memories of the USS Duluth LPD-6 for present and future generations of the community of Duluth, for which the ship was named. Thank you, very much for your support.