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LST-611 Crook County


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. During World War II, LST-611 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: Leyte landing-October 1944 Mindoro landing-December 1944 The ship operated with the Amphibious Force, US Pacific Fleet, following World War II and participated in the Inchon landings in September 1950 during the Korean War. Renamed USS Crook County (LST-611), 1 July 1955; Decommisisoned, 26 October 1956, placed In-service, in reserve, in caretaker status; Final dispostion, fate unknown. LST-611 earned two battle stars for World War 11 service and three battle stars for Korean service.

Specifications: Displacement 1,780 t.(lt), 3,640 t.(fl); Length 328'; Beam 50'; Draft unloaded, bow 2' 4" stern 7' 6", loaded bow 8' 2" stern 14' 1"; Speed 12k.; Complement 8-10 Officers, 100-115 Enlisted; Troop Capacity, approx. 140 officers and enlisted; Boats, two LCVPs; Armament; one single 3"/50 gun mount, eight 40mm guns, twelve 20mm guns; Propulsion, two General Motors 12-567 Diesel engines, two shafts, 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. LST-715 is on the right end of this group, which also includes LST-611, 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 Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729).
US Navy photo # 80-G-420027 now in the collection of the US National Archives.
US Naval Historical Center

There is no DANFS history available for LST-611 at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Fleet Reserve Association

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The USS LST Ship Memorial
LST Homeport
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
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