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USS Boone County (LST-389)
USS LST-389 (1942 - 1955)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Kilo - Mike
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - 9 September 1943, Salerno landings, Agripoli, Italy)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
USS Boone County (LST-389) was transferred to Greece and name HS Lesbos (L-172)
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 20 June 1942, at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.
Launched, 28 September 1942
Commissioned USS LST 389, 24 November 1942, LT. George C. Carpenter, USNR, in command
During World War II LST-389 was assigned to the European Theater and participated in the:
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, 12 March 1946, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
Named USS Boone County (LST-389), 1 July 1955
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1959
Transferred to Greece in May 1960, renamed HS Lesbos (L-172)
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Boone County earned three battle stars for World War II service as LST-389
Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 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)
Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
7 officers, 104 enlisted
16 officers, 147 enlisted
Boats 4 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
Propulsion two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders
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| USS LST-389
||USS LST-389 beached in the harbor at Cherbourg, France after running over a sunken ship in the inner harbor. LST-389 was towed back to England for drydocking and repairs.
||MMoM Harold Entwistle USS LST-389
||USS LST-389 at anchor, date and location unknown.
| HS Lesbos (L-172)
||Ex-Boone County (LST-389) in Greek service as HS Lesbos (L-172) underway, date and location unknown.
Official Hellenic Navy photo
||HS Lesbos (L-172) underway, date and location unknown.
||HS Lesbos (L-172) moored pierside at Genoa, Italy, 28 February 1973.
||Photo by Carlo Martinelli
USS LST-389 / USS Boone County (LST-389)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval Historical Center web site
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The USS LST Ship Memorial
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 2 March 2012
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|