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Assigned to Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron (MPSRON) 3, USNS 1ST LT BALDOMERO LOPEZ is the third ship in the 2ND LT JOHN P. BOBO - class of Cargo Ships and the first ship in the Navy to bear the name. The ship carries a full range of Marine Corps cargo, enough cargo to support a Marine Air Ground Task Force for 30 days. Additionally, the 1ST LT BALDOMERO LOPEZ has lift-on/lift-off capabilities as well as roll-on/roll-off capabilities. Navy lighterage carried onboard consists of causeways, both powered and unpowered, and small boats to move them around.
The 1ST LT BALDOMERO LOPEZ usually participates in at least one major Maritime Prepositioning Force exercise per year. Since 1985, the MV 1ST LT BALDOMERO LOPEZ had been under long-term lease to Military Sealift Command from American Overseas Marine. On January 16, 2007, the Military Sealift Command purchased the ship, making her USNS 1ST LT BALDOMERO LOPEZ.
|General Characteristics:||Keel laid: March 1984|
|Launched: October 1985|
|Delivered: November 1985|
|Builder: General Dynamics, Quincy, Massachusetts|
|Propulsion system: 2 Stork-Wartsilia Werkspoor 16TM410 diesels; 27,000 hp sustained; 1 shaft, bow thruster; 1,000 hp|
|Length: 672.6 feet (205 meters)|
|Beam: 106 feet (32.3 meters)|
|Draft: 29.5 feet (9 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 44,330 tons full load|
|Speed: 18 knots|
|Aircraft: helicopter platform only (certified to land up to CH-53E helicopters)|
|Crew: 30 civilians and 25 civilian maintenance|
|Homeport: not assigned|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS 1ST LT BALDOMERO LOPEZ. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
About the Ship's Name:
1st Lt. Baldomero Lopez, USMC, born Aug. 23, 1925, in Tampa, Fla., earned a Medal of Honor, posthumously, for his actions during the invasion of Inchon, Korea, on Sept. 15, 1950, while assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a Rifle Platoon Commander of Company A, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces during the Inchon invasion in Korea on 15 September 1950. With his platoon, First Lieutenant Lopez was engaged in the reduction of immediate enemy beach defenses after landing with the assault waves. Exposing himself to hostile fire, he moved forward alongside a bunker and prepared to throw a hand grenade into the next pillbox whose fire was pinning down that sector of the beach. Taken under fire by an enemy automatic weapon and hit in the right shoulder and chest as he lifted his arm to throw, he fell backward and dropped the deadly missile. After a moment, he turned and dragged his body forward in an effort to retrieve the grenade and throw it. In critical condition from pain and loss of blood, and unable to grasp the hand grenade firmly enough to hurl it, he chose to sacrifice himself rather than endanger the lives of his men and, with a sweeping motion of his wounded right arm, cradled the grenade under him and absorbed the full impact of the explosion. His exceptional courage, fortitude and devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon First Lieutenant Lopez and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
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