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USS Bamberg County (LST-209)
USS LST-209 (1951 - 1955)
USNS T-LST-209 (1951)
USS LST-209 (1943 - 1951)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Mike - Charlie
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
Laid down, 7 September 1942, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
Launched, 29 May 1943
Commissioned USS LST-209, 10 June 1943, LT. Frank J. Oberg, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-209 was first assigned to both Europe-Africa-Middle East an later Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Invasion of Normandy, June 1944
||*Invasion of Borneo (British - Operation Ratchet)
Regu Creek, Arakan, Burma landing, 7 December 1943
|*Invasion of Italy (British - Operation Slapstick)
Taranto landing, 16 to 30 September 1943
Decommissioned, 27 June 1946
Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet and assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) for service as USNS T-LST-209, 19 June 1951
Recommissioned USS LST-209, 24 August 1951, LT. John E. Cridland in command.
Named Bamberg County (T-LST-209), 1 July 1955
Decommissioned, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1958
USS LST-209 earned one battle star for World War II service (*No battle stars were authorized for participation in British Operations)
Final Disposition, sold, 23 February 1961, to Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA. for scrapping
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
Length 328' o.a.
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
Boats 2 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
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
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
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||USS LST-209 and USS LST-332 loading army vehicles on the south coast of England, 10 April 1945, bound for European ports.
US National Archives photo # SC 207762, a US Army Signal Corps photo by T/5 George Holt, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS Bamberg County (LST-209) under way, circa 1960s, on the Cooper River, Charleston, S.C.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 84844. Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1976.
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
USS Bamberg County (LST-209)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Oberg, Frank J., USNR||10 June 1943 - 28 August 1943|
|02||LT. Ratchford, Frank T., USNR|| 25 August 1943 - 30 August 1945|
|03||LT. Harrington, William J., USNR||30 August 1945 - 27 June 1946|
| ||Decommissioned||27 June 1946 - 24 August 1951|
|04||LT. Cridland, John E.||24 August 1951 - ?|
|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
The USS LST Ship Memorial
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State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 21 April 2017
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