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USNS Daviess Country (T-LST-692)
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USS Daviess County (LST-692) (1955 - 1964)
USS LST-692 (1944 - 1955)


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



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (2) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal



USNS Daviess (T-LST-692) was transferred to the Republic of the Philippines, renamed BRP Benguet (LT-507)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 7 February 1944, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 31 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-692, 10 May 1944, LT. R. B. Carothers, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-692 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of southern France 15 August to 10 September 1944
  • Decommissioned in 1946
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Recommissioned in 1951
  • During the Korean War USS LST-692 participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Second Korean Winter
    4 February to 1 March 1952
    20 March to 1 April 1952
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    9 to 30 June 1952
    31 July to 24 August 19542

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Named USS Daviess County (LST 692), 1 July 1955
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration, 14 November 1956
  • Custody transerred to the Navy, 27 December 1965
  • Placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Daviess County (T-LST-692), 1 June 1964
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 30 June 1975
  • Transferred , sold to the Philippine Navy, 1 July 1976, commissioned BRP Benguet (LT-507)
  • Current Disposition, active in Philippines Navy
  • USS LST-692 earned one battle star for WWII service and two battle stars for Korean War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    Draft
    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
    Complement
    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
    Propulsion
    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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    USS LST-692
    LST-692 18k USS LST-692 unloading cargo across the beach, date and location unknown. LST Home Port
    LST-692 107k USS LST-692 beached, in either southern France, Italy, or North Africa, date unknown. Sue Bolen
    LST-692 132k
    Floyd County 58k USS LST-692 at right, and USS LST-762 at left, beached at Marine Beach, San Diego - Coronado Strand, 17 June 1951. LCDR. William B. Marty USN CO USS LST-762
    Floyd County 57k USS LST-692 at right, and USS LST-762 at left, beached at Marine Beach, San Diego - Coronado Strand, 17 June 1951. LCDR. William B. Marty USN CO USS LST-762
    LST-692 70k USS LST-692 underway off Point Loma, San Diego, CA., February 1953 LCDR Bill Marty LST Div.Twelve embarked in USS Daviess County
    USNS Daviess County (T-LST-692)
    LST-692 137k USNS Daviess County (T-LST-692) moored at the Chu Lai sand ramp as Seabees pour concrete, circa 1968.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine November 1964
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    BRP Benguet (LT-507)
    LST-697 66k Ex-USS LST-692 in Philippines naval service as BRP Benguet (LT-507) at A.G. & P. Shipyard, Bauan, Batangas Island, Philippine Islands, 30 July 1991. Edison Sy
    LST-697 146k BRP Benguet (LT-507) at Keppel Batangas Shipyard, in Bauan, Batangas Island, Philippine Islands in 2000 Edison Sy
    LST-697 3057k BRP Benguet (LT-507) moored pierside Zamboanga Pier, City of Zamboanga, Island of Mindanao, Republic of the Philippines, 19 January 2009.  

    USS Daviess County (LST-692)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Carolthers, R. B. USNR10 May 1944 - ?
    02LCDR. Mrty, William B. USNWWII

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
    BRP BENGUET (LT 507).wmv on You Tube
    MARAD Vessel History Data Base
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