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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
    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.
    Beam 50'
    (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
    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
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    USS LST-510
    LST-510 239k USS LST-510 underway, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy Paul Mcllvaine.
    Tommy Trampp
    Commercial Service
    LST-510 55k Ex-Buncombe County (LST-510) in commercial service with Cross Sound Ferry Services, Inc., as the ferry MV Cape Henlopen Richard Houser
    LST-510 77k 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 Richard Houser
    LST-510 584k MV Cape Henlopen at New London, CT., date unknown.
    Photo courtesy Kyle Stubbs.
    Tommy Trampp

    USS LST-510 / USS Buncombe County (LST-510)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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