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USS Colington (AKS-29)
USS Colington (AG-148) (1949 - 1951)
USS LST-1085 (1945 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Oscar - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 13 January 1945
  • Commissioned USS LST-1085, 21 February 1945, LT. Ernest R. Von Starck, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-1085 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Two; CAPT. CAPT. D. J. Sweeny;
    LST Division One Hundred Ninety-Two;
    LST Division One Hundred Ninety-Two
  • Following World War II USS LST-1085 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 9 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Reclassified a Miscellaneous Auxiliary (AG-148), 27 January 1949
  • Named Colington, 1 February 1949
  • Reclassified, (AKS-29), 18 August 1951
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 April 1960
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    light 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
    sea-going 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
    landing 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 LCVP
    Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
    Typical loads
    One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
    Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
    Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
    2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
    12 single 20MM gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 4,300 Bbls
    two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 230V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 1,700shp
    twin rudders

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    LST-1085 134k The crew of USS LST-1085 muster for a memorial service upon the death of President Roosevelt in April 1945. Loaded on deck is USCG GC-83397 Patrick D. Dolan in honor of Charles Houston Harris SM3/c USS LST-1085
    Montgomery County 127k USS LST-1085 is moored astern of USS LST-1041 which has PT-625, PT-626, PT-627 and PT-628 cradled on her main deck. These PTs were destined for to the Soviet Union, circa 1945, location unknown. Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    LST-1085 85k USS LST-1085 at anchor, date and location unknown. Patrick D. Dolan in honor of Charles Houston Harris SM3/c USS LST-1085
    LST-1085 506k
    LST-1085 64k USS LST-1085 at anchor, date and location unknown. John De Noma
    LST-1085 207k USS LST-1085 signal gang, Giovannetti, Kirby, Horton and Charles H. Harris Patrick D. Dolan in honor of Charles Houston Harris SM3/c USS LST-1085
    LST-1085 117k USS LST-1085 beached at Okinawa alongside USS LST-825, date unknown. Patrick D. Dolan in honor of Charles Houston Harris SM3/c USS LST-1085
    LST-1085 42k USS LST-1085 on the LST ramp at Yokohama between USS LST-683 and USS LST-131, circa September to November 1945. Patrick D. Dolan in honor of Charles Houston Harris SM3/c USS LST-1085
    LST-1085 344k USS LST-1085 crew photos. Russell Monaghan is in the top photo bottom center under the ship's photo. Russell Monaghan Jr. for his father Russell Monaghan BMC USN Ret.
    LST-1085 338k

    USS LST-1085 / Colington (AKS-29)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Von Starck, Ernest R., USNR21 February 1945 - December 1945
    01LTjg, Cook, William Compton, USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    01LTjg. Olney, James B., USNRMarch 1946 - June 1946
    04LTjg. West, Homer Alexander, USNJune 1946 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
    Notebook of Charles H. Harris SM3/c
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