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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 USS LST-389 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East 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, 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
USS Boone County earned three battle stars for World War II service as USS LST-389
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-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 in Valletta Harbor, Malta, 1966. Photo courtesy A. & J, Pavia, from "1966-67 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships"
||HS Lesbos (L-172) moored pierside at Genoa, Italy, 28 February 1973.
||Photo by Carlo Martinelli
||Greek amphibious ships moored at the Salamis Naval Base, Greece, 31 August 1979.
From left to right:
Ex-USS LSM-399 - HS Ipopliarkhos Roussen (L-164)
Ex-USS LSM-45 - HS Ipopliarkhos Grigoropoulos (L-161)
Ex-USS LSM-102 - HS Ipopliarchos Toyrnas (L-162)
Ex-USS Potter County (LST-1086) - HS Ikaria (L-154)
Ex-USS Page County (LST-1076) - HS Kriti (L-171)
Ex-USS Boone County (LST-389) - HS Lesbos (L-172)
Ex-USS Bowman County (LST-391) - HS Rodos (L-157)
Ex-USS LST-325 - HS Syros (L-144)
Defense Imagery Photo # VIRIN: DN-SC-82-00333 by PHC C. Pedrick USN.
USS LST-389 / USS Boone County (LST-389)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Carpenter, George C., USNR||24 November 1942 - February 1943|
|02||LT. Bock, Robert D., USN||February 1943 - February 1944
|03||LT. Orr, William E., USNR||February 1944 - 8 August 1945
|04||LT. Gibbs, Braman, USNR||8 August 1945 - 12 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
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 22 August 2014
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