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USS Bledsoe County (LST-356)
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USS LST-356 (1942 - 1955)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Bravo - Alpha
NZBA
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (2) (retroactive - Salerno and Normandy)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal


USS LST-652 was sold to Indonesia and named KRI Teluk Tomini (LST-508)
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 7 September 1942, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 16 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-356, 22 December 1942, LT. George A. Jaquemont, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-356 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Sicilian occupation 10 July 1943 Invasion of Normandy 14 June 1944
    Salerno landing 9 September 1943  

  • Decommissioned, 2 July 1946, and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Named USS Bledsoe County (LST-356), 1 July 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1960
  • Sold, 8 March 1961, to the Mechanical Equipment Co., New Orleans, LA.
  • Resold, date unknown, to Indonesia, named KRI Teluk Tomini (LST-508)
  • Disposed of by Indonesian Navy, 26 January 2011
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-356 earned three battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    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-307/356 11k USS LST-356 and USS LST-307 beached, date and location unknown. LST Home Port web site
    LST-356 11k USS LST-356 moored, date and location unknown LST Home Port web site
    LST-356 8k USS LST-356 underway, date and location unknown. LST Home Port web site
    LST-356 792k USS LST-356 unloading trucks across a pontoon causeway at Salerno, Italy, 9 September 1943.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # III-SC 181212, Box 181, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr

    USS LST-356 / USS Bledsoe County (LST-356)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Jaquemont, George A.22 December 1942 - 14 December 1943
    02LT. Blanco, Ralph, USN14 December 1943 - 20 November 1944
    03LT. Meehan, James W.20 November 1944 - 18 July 1945
    04LT. Kieft, Thomas R.18 July 1945 - 2 October 1945
    05LT. Cress, James W.2 October 1945 - 2 July 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
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