USS Floyd County (LST-762)

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LST-762
Career
Name: USS LST-762
Builder: American Bridge Company, Ambridge, Pennsylvania
Laid down: 24 June 1944
Launched: 11 August 1944
Commissioned: 5 September 1944
Decommissioned: March 1946
Recommissioned: 3 November 1950
Decommissioned: 3 September 1969
Renamed: USS Floyd County (LST-761), 1 July 1955
Struck: 1 April 1975
Honors and
awards:
1 battle star (World War II)
1 battle star (Korea)
3 battle stars & Meritorious Unit Commendation (Vietnam)
Fate: Sold, 1 December 1975
General characteristics
Class and type: LST-542-class tank landing ship
Displacement: 1,625 long tons (1,651 t) light
4,080 long tons (4,145 t) full
Length: 328 ft (100 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft: Unloaded :
2 ft 4 in (0.71 m) forward
7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) aft
Loaded :
8 ft 2 in (2.49 m) forward
14 ft 1 in (4.29 m) aft
Propulsion: 2 × Fairbanks Morse Opposed 6 12-567 diesel engines, single shaft, single rudder
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Boats and landing
craft carried:
2 LCVPs
Troops: 16 officers, 147 enlisted men
Complement: 7 officers, 104 enlisted men
Armament: • 1 × single 3"/50 caliber gun mount
• 8 × 40 mm guns
• 12 × 20 mm guns

USS Floyd County (LST-762) was an LST-542-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during World War II. Named after counties in Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Texas, and Virginia, she was the only U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name.

LST-762 was laid down on 24 June 1944 at Ambridge, Pennsylvania by the American Bridge Company; launched on 11 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Margaret M. Ewing; and commissioned on 5 September 1944 with Lieutenant Franklin J. Ewers, USCGR, in command.

Service history[edit]

During World War II, LST-762 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in April 1945. Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-November 1945. The ship was decommissioned in March 1946, and reactivated on 3 November 1950 for service in the Korean War. On 1 July 1955 she was redesignated USS Floyd County (LST-762). Following the Korean War, she operated with the Pacific Fleet Amphibious Force, including extensive service off Vietnam from 1965 through 1968. During July 1965 she escorted the nine cutters of Coast Guard Squadron One, Division 11, from U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay to Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam and served for a short period as their support ship after reaching the island.[1] "Floyd County" completed two further deployments to Vietnam 1967-1968 including supplying Riverine Warfare bases on the Mekong River and later providing material support from Danang, Vietnam to the U.S. Marine Corps outpost at Cua Viet, immediately south of the Demilitarized Zone. Floyd County returned from her final Vietnam deployment November 1968. Floyd County was again decommissioned on 3 September 1969. Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, the ship was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 April 1975.

LST-762 earned one battle star for World War II service, one for the Korean War, and three battle stars and an award of the Meritorious Unit Commendation for service in the Vietnam War.

Commercial career[edit]

Sold for scrapping on 1 December 1975 by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service, the ship was again sold to Max Rouse & Sons of Beverly Hills, California on 4 December 1975. Taken in hand by Lake Union Dry Dock Company of Seattle, Washington and converted for commercial use, the ship was sold to Landing System Technology Pte. Ltd., of Singapore (Lauritz Kloster, Norway) and renamed LST-1 in 1976. Arrived at Piraeus, having been acquired by Maritime & Commercial Company Argonaftis S.A., Panama, (Greek flag) and renamed Petrola 141 on 30 June 1978, she was placed in service in July 1980. The ship was sold for scrapping in 1988.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Larzelere, p 22

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

  • "LST-762". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Retrieved 13 June 2007. 
  • "LST-762 Floyd County". Amphibious Photo Archive. Retrieved 13 June 2007. 
  • Larzelere, Alex (1997). The Coast Guard at War, Vietnam, 1965-1975. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis. ISBN 978-1-55750-529-3. 

See also[edit]

USS Floyd County (LST-762) and USS Litchfield County (LST-901) moored to the LST ramp at Da Nang, South Vietnam in 1968.