USS Dunn County (LST-742)

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USS Dunn County (LST-742) underway during the 1950s
Name: USS LST-742
Builder: Dravo Corporation, Neville Island, Pittsburgh
Laid down: 12 March 1944
Launched: 22 April 1944
Commissioned: 23 May 1944
Decommissioned: 26 April 1946
Recommissioned: 1 September 1950
Decommissioned: 1 February 1961
Renamed: USS Dunn County (LST-742), 1 July 1955
Struck: 1 February 1961
Honours and
Fate: Sold for scrapping, 6 September 1961
General characteristics
Class and type: LST-542-class tank landing ship
  • 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)
  • 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)
Troops: Approximately 130 officers and enlisted men
Complement: 8–10 officers, 89–100 enlisted men

USS Dunn County (LST-742) was an LST-542-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during World War II. Named after counties in North Dakota and Wisconsin, she was the only U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name.

LST-742 was laid down on 12 March 1944 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by the Dravo Corporation of Neville Island; launched on 22 April 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Harry Lester; and commissioned on 23 May 1944 with Lieutenant Warren W. Holmes, USNR, in command.

Service history[edit]

During World War II, LST-742 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: the Lingayen Gulf landing (January, 1945), Visayan Island landings (March and April, 1945) and the Tarakan Island operation (April and May, 1945).

Following the war, LST-742 was decommissioned on 26 April 1946 and transferred to the United States Army on 28 June 1946 to serve as USAT LST-742. She was returned to the United States Navy and recommissioned on 1 September 1950. On 1 July 1955 she was redesignated USS Dunn County (LST-742). The ship performed service during the Korean War followed by extensive service with Amphibious Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, until decommissioned and struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 February 1961. Dunn County was sold to Zidell Explorations, Inc. of Portland, Oregon on 6 September 1961 for scrapping.

LST-742 earned three battle stars for World War II service and five battle stars for the Korean War.


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

  • "LST-742". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Retrieved 13 June 2007. 
  • "LST-742 Dunn County". Amphibious Photo Archive. Retrieved 13 June 2007. 

See also[edit]

LST-742 on 13 October 1950 at Wolmi-do island, Inchon Harbor, loading supplies for the upcoming Wonsan invasion. Note that the ship is "high-and-dry" at low tide.