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USS Dukes County (LST-735)
USS LST-735 (1944 - 1955)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal
Second Row - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (3) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation
Third Row - Philippines Liberation Medal (2) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korean War Service Medal

USS Dukes County (LST-735) was transferred to Taiwan and renamed ROCS Chung Hai (LST-219)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 30 January 1944, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 11 March 1944
  • Commissioned, USS LST-735, 26 April 1944 at New Orleans, LA., LT. Theodore F. Aldous USN, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-735 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
    For Okinawa only
    LST Flotilla Sixteen, CAPT. N. W. Sears;
    LST Group Forty-Seven, CDR. L. A. Drexler USN (23);
    LST Division Ninety-Three and participated in the following campaigns

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 5 to 6 August 1944
    Manila Bay-Bicol operations
    Zambales-Subic Bay, 29 to 30 January 1945
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 9 January 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 25 March to 24 June 1945

  • Decommissioned in 1946
  • Recommissioned, 3 November 1950
  • During the Korean War USS LST-735 participated in the following campaigns

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    16 September to 17 October 1952
    10 to 30 November 1952
    1 to 11 December 1952
    31 December 1952 to 31 January 1953
    23 February to 31 March 1953
    Korea Summer-Fall 1953
    1 to 10 May 1953
    Third Korean Winter
    19 to 30 April 1953

  • Assigned as a minesweeper support ship in July 1951. In this role, she made a Korean War deployment in 1952-53 and had additional Western Pacific tours in 1953-54 and 1955-56
  • Named USS Dukes County (LST-735), 1 July 1955
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Leased to the Republic of China (Taiwan) in May 1957, renamed ROCS Chung Hai (LST-219)
  • Struck from the US Naval Register, 1 November 1974
  • Sold to Taiwan in 1974, renamed ROCS Kao Hsiung (AGC-1)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-735 earned four battle stars for World War II service
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    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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    USS LST-735
    LST-735 Dukes County 88k USS LST-735 serving as mother ship for seven minesweepers, probably in a Japanese port, circa 1952-54. Ships nested alongside are:
    USS Gull (AMS-16);
    USS Firecrest (AMS-10);
    USS Condor (AMS-5);
    USS Merganser (AMS-26);
    USS Osprey (AMS-28);
    USS Competent (AM-316);
    USS Chief (AM-315).
    US Navy photo # NH 68589 Courtesy US Naval Institute, James C. Fahey Collection.
    US Naval Historical Center
    LST-735 Dukes County 58k USS LST-735 off Wonson, Korea, circa 1953. Wayne Schafer
    LST-735 Dukes County 44k USS LST-735 off Wonson, Korea, circa 1953. Wayne Schafer
    USS Dukes County (LST-735)
    LST-735 Dukes County 86k USS Dukes County (LST-735) with USS Kite MSC(O)-22 at Sasebo, Japan, October 1955. Photo by Stan Cochran USS Kite
    ROCS Chung Hai (LST-219)
    LST-735 Dukes County 30k Ex-Dukes County (LST-735) in Taiwanese naval service as ROCS Chung Hai (LST-219), date unknown.
    Official Chinese Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships".
    Robert Hurst
    ROCS Kao Hsiung (AGC-1)
    LST-735 Dukes County 94k Ex-ROCS Chung Hai (LST-219) underway as ROCS Kao Hsiung (AGC-1), date and location unknown.  

    USS Dukes County (LST-735)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Aldous, Theodore F. USN26 April 1944 - March 1946
    02LTjg. Larsen, Herman ColleMarch 1946 - July 1946
     Decommissioned1946 - 3 November 1950
    03LT. Smith, G. F.3 November 1950 - ?
    04LT. Keen, Timothy Joseph?~1954
    05LCDR. Gaffney, William Stowell, USN1959
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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