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USS Buncombe County (LST-510)
USS LST-510 (1944 - 1955)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Yankee - Papa
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
LST-491 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 27 September 1943, at Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
Launched, 30 November 1943
Commissioned USS LST-510, 31 January 1944, at New Orleans, LA., LT. George P. Andrews in command
During World War II LST-510 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:
European-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
Decommissioned, 1 July 1946, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs
Named USS Buncombe County (LST-510), 1 July 1955
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1958
Sold in 1960 or 1961 to the Chesapeake Bay Ferry District, Norfolk, VA., renamed MV Virginia Beach
Resold in 1964 or 1965 to Delaware River and Bay Authority, renamed MV Cape Henlopen and
converted to a passenger and auto ferry in 1966, operated between Lewes, DL - Cape May, N.J.
Purchased in 1983 by Cross Sound Ferry Services Inc., New London, CT. and name retained
Current Disposition, operational as ferry between New London, CT. and Orient Point on Long Island, N.Y.
USS LST-510 received one battle star for World War II service
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-510 underway, date and location unknown.
Photo courtesy Paul Mcllvaine.
||Ex-Buncombe County (LST-510) in commercial service with Cross Sound Ferry Services, Inc., as the ferry MV Cape Henlopen
||MV Cape Henlopen underway, while in commercial service with Cross Sound Ferry Services, Inc., passing through Plum Gut between Orient Point and Plum Island on her regular run between Orient Point on Long Island and New London, CT., 2 September 2007
||MV Cape Henlopen at New London, CT., date unknown.
Photo courtesy Kyle Stubbs.
USS LST-510 / USS Buncombe County (LST-510)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Andrews, George P.||31 January 1944 - March 1945|
|02||LT. Sandefur, D. D., USNR||March 1945 - July 1945|
|03||LT. O'Neill, John William, USN||July 1945 - December 1945|
|04||LT. Mack, E. J.,||December 1945 - 1 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
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 28 November 2014
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