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Bernalillo County (LST-306)
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USS LST-306 (1942 - 1955)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Oscar - Quebec
NJOQ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal


LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 24 July 1942, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
  • Launched, 10 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-306, 11 December 1942, LT. B. J. Bartram, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-306 was assigned to the European Theater and participated in the following campaigns
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943 Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943  

  • Decommissioned, 13 June 1946, and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Named Bernalillo County (LST-306), 1 July 1955
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 20 October 1956
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 February 1959
  • Final Disposition, sold, 22 October 1959, to Ships, Inc., Miami, FL, fate unknown
  • Bernalillo County earned three battle stars for World War II service as USS LST-306
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    Draft
    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
    Complement
    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
    Propulsion
    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-306 117k USS LST-306 off Falmouth, U.K., during gunfire exercises prior to the Invasion of Normandy. Photo from the Vernon Edwards D-Day Invasion collection. Kenneth J. Wood
    LST-306 165k USS LST-306 underway heading for the invasion beaches during the Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944. Photo from the Vernon Edwards D-Day Invasion collection. Kenneth J. Wood
    LST-306 71k USS LST-306 beached probably at Utah Beach, Normandy in June 1944. Photo from the Vernon Edwards D-Day Invasion collection. Kenneth J. Wood
    LST-306 260k USS LST-306 off-loading vehicles at Utah Beach, Normandy, date unknown. Photo from the Vernon Edwards D-Day Invasion collection. Kenneth J. Wood
    LST-306 204k USS LST-306 beached at Utah Beach, Normandy, date unknown. Photo from the Vernon Edwards D-Day Invasion collection. Kenneth J. Wood
    LST-306 152k USS LST-306 beached at Utah Beach, Normandy, date unknown. Photo from the Vernon Edwards D-Day Invasion collection. Kenneth J. Wood
    LST-306 113k German Prisoners-of-War being transported back to England aboard USS LST-306, date unknown. Photo from the Vernon Edwards D-Day Invasion collection. Kenneth J. Wood
    LST-306 153k USS LST-306 off-loading German Prisoners-of-War from France in an English port, date and location unknown. Photo from the Vernon Edwards D-Day Invasion collection. Kenneth J. Wood
    LST-306 121k USS LST-306 beached in the harbor at La Harve, France, date unknown. Photo from the Vernon Edwards D-Day Invasion collection. Kenneth J. Wood
    LST-306 132k USS LST-306 off loading railroad rolling stock at Cherbourg, France, date unknown. Photo from the Vernon Edwards D-Day Invasion collection. Kenneth J. Wood
    LST-306 140k USS LST-306 off loading railroad rolling stock at Cherbourg, France, date unknown. Photo from the Vernon Edwards D-Day Invasion collection. Kenneth J. Wood
    LST-306 148k USS LST-306 Commanding Officer, LT B. J. Bartram. boarding from one of the ships LCVPs, date and location unknown. Note Vernon Edwards is the sailor standing on the stern of the LCVP. Photo from the Vernon Edwards D-Day Invasion collection. Kenneth J. Wood
    LST-306 59k USS LST-306 underway, date and location unknown. John W. Moore SSG USA Ret.
    for his father Clyde E. Moore SN USS LST-306

    USS LST-306
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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