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USS Berkshire County (LST-288)
USS LST-288 (1943 - 1955)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Hotel - Mike
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - (Normandy 1955) - American Campaign Medal - Europe - Africa - Middle East Campaign Medal (2)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
USS LST-288 was transferred to South Korea and renamed ROKS Kae Bong (LST-810)
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 6 September 1943, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
Launched, 7 November 1943
Placed in reduced commission as USS LST-288, 4 December 1943, LT. Edwin L. McCloud, USN, in command
Ferried down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans, LA. for fitting out
Commissioned USS LST-288 in full, 20 December 1943, LT. Edwin L. McCloud, USN, in command
During World War II USS LST-288 was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-288 was under the command of LT. E. G. Caldwell USNR and assigned to:
LST Flotilla Thirty-Five, CAPT. D. H. Johnston USN (22);
LST Group One Hundred Five, CDR. E.P. Wilson USN (20);
LST Division Two Hundred Ten and participated in the following campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
||Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 30 May to 30 June 1945
|Invasion of southern France, 15 to 16 August 1944
Following World War II USS LST-288 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|11 to 23 September 1945
|20 December 1945 to 2 March 1946
Decommissioned, 6 March 1946
Transferred to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), for service from 20 May 1949 to 14 June 1950, designated Q085
Named Berkshire County (LST-288), 1 July 1955
Transferred on loan to Korea, 5 March 1956, renamed ROKS Kae Bong (LST-810)
Struck from the Naval Register, 15 November 1974
Redesignated LST-675 date unknown
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS LST-288 earned three battle stars for World War II service
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
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-288
||USS LST-288 beached at Normandy while unloading Sherman tanks, date unknown. Note the Grumman F4F Wildcat overhead.
| ROKS Kae Bong (LST-675) / (LST-810)
||ROKS Kae Bong (LST-675) approaches the beach, 1 March 1982 during exercise Team Spirit ‘82.
Department of Defense Media, Photo # DN-ST-82-06900
||ROKS Kae Bong (LST-810) (ex-USS Berkshire County (LST-288) and ROKS Duk Bong (LST-808) (ex-USS LST-227) moored at Chinhae, South Korea, circa 1956 or later.
US Navy photo.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||ROKS Kae Bong (LST-810) underway, date and location unknown.
Official South Korean Navy photo.
USS Berkshire County (LST-288)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. McCloud, Edwin L., USNR||4 December 1943 - July 1944|
|02||LT. Caldwell, E. G., USNR||July 1944 - October 1945|
|03||LTjg. Hibbie, Elmer H., USNR||October 1945 - 6 March 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
The USS LST Ship Memorial
LST Home Port
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 1 May 2015
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