USS Duval County (LST-758)
Duval County (LST-758) off the Virginia Capes, 27 March 1968
|Builder:||American Bridge Company, Ambridge, Pennsylvania|
|Laid down:||5 June 1944|
|Launched:||25 July 1944|
|Commissioned:||19 August 1944|
|Decommissioned:||13 July 1946|
|Recommissioned:||3 November 1950|
|Decommissioned:||28 October 1969|
|Renamed:||USS Duval County (LST-758), 1 July 1955|
|Struck:||1 November 1976|
|2 battle stars (World War II)
4 battle stars (Korea)
|Fate:||Sold, 18 August 1981|
|Class & type:||LST-542-class tank landing ship|
|Displacement:||1,625 long tons (1,651 t) light
3,640 long tons (3,698 t) full
|Length:||328 ft (100 m)|
|Beam:||50 ft (15 m)|
|Draft:||8 ft (2.4 m) forward
14 ft 4 in (4.37 m) aft
|Propulsion:||2 × General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts|
|Speed:||12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)|
|Boats & landing
|Troops:||Approximately 130 officers and enlisted men|
|Complement:||8-10 officers, 89-100 enlisted men|
|Armament:||• 1 × single 3"/50 caliber gun mount
• 8 × 40 mm guns
• 12 × 20 mm guns
USS Duval County (LST-758) was an LST-542-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during World War II. Named after counties in Florida and Texas, she was the only U.S. naval vessel to bear the name.
During World War II, LST-758 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Iwo Jima in February, 1945, and the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in April through June, 1945. Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-September 1945. LST-758 was decommissioned on 13 July 1946, and recommissioned on 3 November 1950 for service in the Korean War. She saw service in Korea until late November, 1953. I James E. Thompson went aboard the 758 in November, 1950, and was discharged from it on 1 February, 1954. She was scheduled to leave Korea in July 1953. When the armistice was signed in June she was held over to return prisoners from Koje Do Island to Inchon. Pens were built on the tank deck that held 600 prisoners and she made three trips to Inchon. She sailed to Long Beach, California, in November. On 1 July, 1955, the ship was redesignated USS Duval County (LST-758). Following the Korean War, she saw extensive service with the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets through 1969. Duval County was decommissioned on 28 October, 1969. Laid up in the Reserve Fleet, the ship was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 November, 1976. After custody was transferred to MARAD for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, she was sold by MARAD on 18 August, 1981; her final fate is unknown.
LST-758 earned two battle stars for World War II service and four battle stars in the Korean War.
- "LST-758". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Retrieved 13 June 2007.
- "LST-758 Duval County". Amphibious Photo Archive. Retrieved 13 June 2007.
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