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USS Bowman County (LST-391)
USS LST-391 (1942 - 1955)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Yankee - Uniform
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
USS Bowman County (LST-391) was transferred to Greece and renamed HS Rodos (L-157)
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 14 July 1942 at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.
Launched, 28 October 1942
Commissioned USS LST 391, 3 December 1942
During World War II USS LST-391 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|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, date unknown
Named USS Bowman County (LST-391), 1 July 1955
Transferred to Greece, May 1960, renamed HS Rodos (L-157)
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS LST-391 earned three battle stars for World War II service
Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
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-391
||USS LST-391 underway, date and location unknown.
||LST Home Port
||USS LST-391 unloading military vehicles of the 817th Engineer Aviation Battalion, as they roll off her ramp into the surf during landing operations at Salerno, Italy. Note US troops standing on the deck of the ship. In the foreground a USAAF-operated Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VB lies nose-down in the surf, mistakenly shot down by American AA guns. According to the USAAF, the pilot suffered only 'a scratch on the back of his hand'. Photo ©Time & Life Pictures.
| HS Rodos (L-157)
||Ex-USS LSM-102 in service Greek service as HN Toyrnas (L-162) beached, in 1972 during a Greek Army exercise, location unknown. On the left is ex-USS Bowman County (LST-391) in Greek naval service as HN Rodos (L-157).
||HN Rodos (L-157) at Valletta, Malta, circa 1960s. Anchored in the harbor in the background is USS Mullinnix (DD-944)
Chris Howell collection owned negative.
|Chris Howell, SOUTHLAND SHIP STORES LIMITED, Port of BLUFF, NEW ZEALAND
||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-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.
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
LST Home Port
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 3 January 2014
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