USS Churchill County (LST-583)
|Name:||USS LST-583, later USS Churchill County|
|Namesake:||Churchill County, Nevada|
|Builder:||Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Company, Evansville, Indiana|
|Laid down:||18 May 1944|
|Launched:||5 July 1944|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. D. C. Hollis|
|Commissioned:||2 August 1944|
|Renamed:||USS Churchill County (LST-583), 1 July 1955|
|Recommissioned:||1 November 1960|
|Struck:||15 September 1974|
|3 battle stars for World War II|
|Fate:||Sold, 1 August 1975|
|Class and type:||LST-542-class tank landing ship|
|Length:||328 ft (100 m)|
|Beam:||50 ft (15 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 × General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders|
|Speed:||12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)|
|Boats & landing
|Troops:||16 officers, 147 enlisted men|
|Complement:||7 officers, 104 enlisted men|
USS Churchill County (LST-583), originally USS LST-583, was an LST-542-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during World War II and in commission from 1944 to 1946 and 1960 to 1968. Named for Churchill County, Nevada she was the only U.S. Navy vessel to bear the name.
Construction and commissioning
LST-583 was laid down on 18 May 1944 at Evansville, Indiana, by the Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Company. She was launched on 5 July 1944, sponsored by Mrs. D. C. Hollis, and commissioned on 2 August 1944 with Lieutenant Philip E. Acker, USNR, in command.
First period in commission, 1944-1946
During World War II, LST-583 was assigned to the Pacific Theater of Operations and participated in the Lingayen Gulf landing in January 1945, the Zambales-Subic Bay landing in January 1945, and the Mindanao Island landings in March and April 1945. Following the war, LST-583 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-December 1945.
LST-583 was decommissioned in March 1946. While out of commission, she was renamed USS Churchill County (LST-583) on 1 July 1955.
Second period in commission
Churchill County was recommissioned on 1 November 1960 and served in Amphibious Force, United States Atlantic Fleet, until she was again decommissioned in September 1968.
Struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 15 September 1974, Churchill County was sold for scrapping by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) on 1 August 1975. However, she was acquired by Minerve Shipping and Trading Corporation, S.A., of Panama, renamed Petrola 131 c. 1976-1977, and placed in commercial service. Her final fate is unknown.
Awards and honors
LST-583 earned three battle stars for World War II service.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- "LST-583". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Retrieved 27 May 2007.
- "LST-583 Churchill County". Amphibious Photo Archive. Retrieved 27 May 2007.