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USS Esmeraldo County (LST-761)
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USS LST-761 (1944 - 1955)


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


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Iwo Jima)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal



USS LST-761 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 18 June 1944, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 7 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-761, 2 September 1944, Lt. H. A. Swagart, Jr., USCGR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-761 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, LST Flotilla 29, Group 85, Division 170 and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, February and March 1945
  • Coast Guard crew removed, March 1946
  • Decommissioned, 16 July 1946
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Named USS Esmeraldo County (LST-761), 1 July 1955
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target in 1959
  • USS LST-761 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    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)
    Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    7 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
    Propulsion two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders

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    LST-761 159k USS LST-761 beached at Iwo Jima, date unknown. Ed Storey
    LST-761 71k USS LST-761 at anchor, date and location unknown. Michael Marzolla for his father,
    Lt. Anthony Mario Marzolla USCG, CO USS LST-761
    LST-761 83k USS LST-761 and USS LST-969 moored pierside, San Diego, CA., 4 October 1945. Jeff Sulewski to honor is father Edward Sulewski, Cox. USCG USS LST-761
    LST-761 143k USS LST-761 moored at a ramp while loading/unloading, date and location unknown. Kathy Keitel Dempsey for her father Thomas Joseph Keitel, USCG FC2 USS LST-761

    View the Esmeraldo County (LST-761)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    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 Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS LST-761
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