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|Campaign and Dates||Campaign and Dates|
Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945
|Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines
Mindanao Island landings, 10 to 11 March and 17 to 23 April 1945
|Manila Bay-Bicol operation
Zambales-Subic Bay, 29 to 30 January 1945
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|23 September to 14 October 1945|
|10 to 20 December 1945|
Personal Recollection of LT. Robert Burris, Executive Officer USS Churchill (LST-583)
"Summer 1965 - In the Aero Jet General yards in Jacksonville FL.
Fall 1965 - Cruise to Panama through Christmas. Liberty in Puerto Lemon, Costa Rico and Santa Marta, Columbia
Also went to the San Blas Islands to deliver aid material to the San Blas Indians. The last time any ship was there was 1790’s and that was the Spanish, all the soundings on the chart are mine. We followed a US Army Q boat which was following an Indian canoe though the reefs where we anchored in a small bay where we had about 15 feet of spare room on each end of the ship Rex [Commanding Officer LCDR Carpenter] was a great ship driver, and had lots of guts.
Spring 1966 - to Panama stopping in Kingston Jamaica where we took on a 50 ft boat on the main deck, and delivered it to Panama, LT. Michael H.V. Nolan relieved LCDR. Carpenter in Panama. We went to the back country south of the canal to support prep for a new canal. Big tide range and on the way home, we stopped in the Dominican Republic and evacuated the last US Army troops from the 1964 invasion. I was in USS Monrovia (APA-31) which sent in the first wave there in 1964.
Summer 1966 - We went to the head of the Chesapeake Bay to Havre De Grace Maryland to act as the judges stand for a hydra plane race, followed by a cruise to Argentia, Newfoundland Ireland and Iceland. I am pretty sure that this is the time frame when we hit the Chesapeake Bay bridge tunnel.
Spring 1967 - Back to Panama, sailed to Lima Peru but had to turn around and return... This is when we had the “crossing” shellback celebration. We went to support the second canal again, and broached on the beach but with major effort and a hell of a lot of luck, we got off with no problem. We went to the San Blas Islands again, and that is where we hit a reef and ripped a hole in the bottom big enough to drive a Volkswagen through. Back to Little Creek and I left the ship...All of these things happened and I think I have the dates pretty close Many thanks Bob"
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|250k||USS LST 583 under way with LCT-737 secured to her main deck.
US Navy photo from "Allied Landing Craft of World war Two".
|USS Churchill County (LST-583)
|19k||USS Churchill County (LST 583) follows USS Walworth County (LST 1164) while transiting the Panama Canal, circa 1968.||USS Walworth County (LST-1164) web site|
|01||LT. Acker, Philip E., USNR||2 August 1944 - November 1945|
|02||LTjg. Stockton, Ralph Howell, USNR||November 1945 - 13 September 1946|
|Decommissioned||13 September 1946 - 1 November 1960|
|03||LT. McClenahan, Richard Myrl||no dates|
|04||LCDR. Miale, Robert Eugene, USN||1961 - July 1962|
|05||LCDR. Rowsey Jr., James Melvin, USN||December 1962 - June 1964|
|06||LCDR. Carpenter, Rex, USN||June 1964 - 1966|
|07||LCDR. Nolan, Michael Howard Vance||1966 - 1968|
|08||LCDR. Bishop, William Richard||1968 - 11 December 1968|
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