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USS Crook County (LST-611)
USS LST-611 (1944 - 1955)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Delta - Hotel
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (3) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation
Fourth Row - Philippines Liberation Medal (2) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal retroactive)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 17 December 1943, at Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 28 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-611, 15 May 1944, LT. Roy E. Burton, Jr., USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-611 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 20 October 1944
    Luzon operation
    Mindoro landings, 12 to 18 December 1944

  • Following service in the Southwest Pacific Area USS LST-611 was assigned to:
    LST Flotilla Sixteen, CAPT. N. W. Sears;
    LST Group Forty-Seven, CDR. L. A. Drexler USN (23);
    LST Division Ninety-Four
  • Following World War II and the Korean War USS LST-611 / USS Crook County (LST-611) was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    7 to 26 June 195028 February to 3 March 1955

  • During the Korean War USS LST-611 participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean Service Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    5 to 29 July 1950
    18 September to 15 October 1950
    UN Summer-Fall
    6 to 13 September 1951
    25 September to 3 October 1951
    20 to 27 October 1951
    Inchon Landing
    13 to 17 September 1950

  • Named USS Crook County (LST-611), 1 July 1955
  • Decommissioned, 26 October 1956
  • Placed In-service, in reserve, in caretaker status
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-611 earned two battle stars for World War 11 service and three battle stars for Korean service
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    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)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    13 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
    Fuel Capacity
    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
    twin rudders

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    LST-611/715/845 164k Inchon Invasion, September 1950. Four LSTs unload men and equipment while "high and dry" at low tide on Inchon's Red Beach, 16 September 1950, the day after the initial landings there. USS LST-715 is on the right end of this group, which also includes USS LST-611, USS LST-845 and one other. Another LST is beached on the tidal mud flats at the extreme right. Note bombardment damage to the building in center foreground, many trucks at work, Wolmi-Do island in the left background and the causeway connecting the island to Inchon. Ship in the far distance, just beyond the right end of Wolmi-Do, is USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729).
    US Navy photo # 80-G-420027 now in the collection of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    LST-611 76k USS LST-611 moored pierside at Naval Station Pearl Harbor in 1946. Ron Reeves
    LST-611 128k USS LST-611 underway, circa 1950s, location unknown. Ron Reeves

    USS LST-611 / USS Crook County (LST-611)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Burton Jr., Roy Edwin, USNR15 May 1944 - August 1945
    02LT. Stevenson, Robert W., USNRAugust 1945 - December 1945
    03LTjg. Lewis, R. E., USNRDecember 1945 - May 1946
    04LT. McNaught, Joseph Robert, USNMay 1946 - 1947
    04LT. Larson, O. M.1953
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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