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USS Curry County (LST-685)
USS LST-685 (1944 - 1955)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Mike - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 21 December 1943, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
Launched, 18 February 1944
Commissioned USS LST-685, 7 April 1944, LT. Berens A. Nelson, USNR in command
During World War II LST-685 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Thirty-Seven, CAPT. Riley;
LST Group One Hundred Eleven LCDR. A. H. Tutt;
LST Division Two Hundred Twenty-Two
Following World War II USS LST-685 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 15 October 1945 to 16 April 1946
Decommissioned, 22 July 1946
Placed in service, 13 January 1947, for Naval Reserve training out of Tompkinsville, N.Y
Inactived, 2 June 1950, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
Named Curry County (LST-685), 1 July 1955
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1958
Sold for foreign merchant service
In the 1959 issue of the "La Marina Mercante Argentina" edited by Instituto de Estudios de la Marina Mercante Argentina LST 685 is listed as Sulmar owned by Navemar S. A., Argentina. Signal
(L Q M M) Official N. 4590 working between Argentine and Brazilian ports.
Final Disposition, fate unknown
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
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 LC(FF)-532 moored alongside
USS LST-685 in the harbor at Sasebo, Japan, while engaged in Occupation service, circa February-April 1946.
||Photos by Vernon Yeck USS LC(FF)-532 submitted by his daughter, Wendy (Yeck) Clark.
||USS LST-685 underway in San Francisco Bay, circa early 1946.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 79020, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974.
USS LST-685 / USS Curry County (LST-685)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Nelson A. Berens, USNR||7 April 1944 - 28 August 1945|
|02||LT. Wagner, Frederick E., USNR||28 August 1945 - 8 November 1945|
|03||LTjg. Beebe, Phillip E., USNR||8 November 1945 - June 1946|
|04||LTjg. Schofield, Wesley L., USNR||June 1946 - 22 July 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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