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USS Eddy County (LST-759)
USS LST-759 (1944 - 1955)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Hotel - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
USS LST-759 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 11 June 1944, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
Launched, 29 July 1944
Commissioned USS LST-759, 8 August 1944, LT. John A. Baybutt, USCGR, in command
During World War II USS LST-759 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Twenty-Nine, CAPT. C. H. Peterson USCG (25);
LST Group Eighty-Five, CDR. Millington, W. B. USCG (32);
LST Division One Hundred Sixty-Nine and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 10 April 1945
Decommissioned, 29 March 1946
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
Named Eddy County (LST-759), 1 July 1955
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
USS LST-759 earned one battle star for World War II service
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 LST-759 and USS LST-643 approaching USS ABSD-6 at Guam, 29 May 1945.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-379466, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
||USS LST-759 and USS LST-643 entering USS ABSD-6 at Guam, 29 May 1945.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-379467, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
||USS LST-759 and USS LST-643 in the forward end of USS ABSD-6 at Guam, 29 May 1945.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-379468, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
||USS LST-759, visible in the distance, with a "Rhino" bridge causeway fitted to her port side while USS LST-834 transports LCT-1415 to the Okinawa Beachhead, 1 April 1945 in company with other ships of the invasion task force.
Real War Photos
||USS LST-221, USS LST-122 and USS LST-759
beached at Okinawa in August 1945.
||Patrick Dierking for his father Norman F. Dierking SF2c (CB)
||USS LST-759 underway in San Francisco Bay, circa 1945-1946.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #: NH 79022, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974.
|Mike Green and
USS LST-759 / USS Eddy County (LST-759)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Baybutt, John A. USCGR||25 August 1944 - 21 February 1946|
|02||ENS. Kindred, Roy C. USCGR||21 February 1946 - 29 March 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
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
Last Updated 20 January 2020
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