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USS Floyd County (LST-762)
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USS LST-762 (1944 - 1955)


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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (3 retroactive, 2JUN68, 26AUG68, 2SEP68) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (3)
Fourth Row - Korea Service Medal (1) - Vietnam Service Medal (5) - United Nations Korea Service Medal
Fifth Row - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (4) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)



USS Floyd County (LST-762) was manned by the Coast Guard during World War II, and by the Navy from 1950 through 1969.
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 24 June 1944, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge. PA.
  • Launched, 11 August 1944
  • Commissioned, USS LST-762, 5 September 1944, LT. Franklin Ewers, USCGR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-762 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Twenty-Nine, CAPT. C. H. Peterson USCG;
    LST Group Eighty-Five, CDR. S. R. Sands USCG;
    LST Division One Hundred Seventy-One and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 14 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-762 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 29 September to 18 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 16 July 1946, at Naval Station Tongue Point, Astoria, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet Columbia River Group, Astoria, OR.
  • Recommissioned, 3 November 1950, at Naval Station Tongue Point, Astoria, OR., LT William B. Marty USNR in command
  • During the Korean War USS LST-762 participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Second Korean Winter
    27 February to 29 March 1952

  • USS LST-762 was assigned to China service for the following period 8 to 12 February 1955
  • Named USS Floyd County (LST-762), 1 July 1955
  • During the Vietnam War USS Floyd County (LST-762) participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    5 to 6 July 1965
    29 July to 17 September 1965
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    23 April to 30 June 1968
    Vietnam Counteroffensive
    9 April to 30 June 1966
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase V
    July to 10 August 1968
    26 August 1968
    1 to 14 September 1968
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase II
    1 July to 3 September 1966
    .

  • Decommissioned, 3 September 1969
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 April 1975
  • Sold for scrapping, 1 December 1975, by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service
  • Commercial History
    Sold to Max Rouse & Sons, Beverly Hills, CA., 4 December 1975
    Taken in hand by Lake Union Drydock Co., Seattle, WA. and converted for commercial use
    Sold to Landing System Technology Pte. Ltd., Singapore (Lauritz Kloster, Norway) and renamed LST 1 in 1976
    Arrived at Piraeus having been acquired by Maritime & Commercial Co. Argonaftis S.A., Panama, (Greek flag) and renamed Petrola 141, 30 June 1978 and placed in service in July 1980
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in 1988
  • USS LST-762 earned one battle star for World War II service, one battle star for Korean War service, and as USS Floyd County (LST-762) earned five campaign stars and the Meritorious Commendation for Vietnam 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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    Floyd County 59k USS LST-762 docked at Wilson Cove, San Clemente Island, circa 5-9 March 1951. LCDR. William B. Marty USN CO USS LST-762
    Floyd County 59k USS LST-762 officers, Left to right; LT. William Marty, LT. Dick Schtt and LT. Paul Kellelier circa March 1951. LCDR. William B. Marty USN CO USS LST-762
    Floyd County 72k USS LST-762 beached at Marine Beach, San Diego - Coronado Strand, 17 June 1951. LCDR. William B. Marty USN CO USS LST-762
    Floyd County 51k USS LST-762 beached at Marine Beach, San Diego - Coronado Strand, 17 June 1951 after being rammed by USS LSM-546. The collision created a hole approximately five feet long on the starboard side, frame 22, at the juncture of the main deck. LSM-546 failed to drop her stern anchor when beaching. LCDR. William B. Marty USN CO USS LST-762
    Floyd County 58k USS LST-762 at left, and USS LST-692 at right, beached at Marine Beach, San Diego - Coronado Strand, 17 June 1951. LCDR. William B. Marty USN CO USS LST-762
    Floyd County 57k
    Floyd County 65k LST-762 on the beach at Sok-To, Korea, evacuating refugees, 7 March 1952. Note the ice in water in the background. LCDR. William B. Marty USN CO USS LST-762
    Floyd County 73k
    Floyd County 66k USS LST-762 drying out in Kunsan Harbor, Korea, 14 March 1952. Note the signal flags being aired out. LCDR. William B. Marty USN CO USS LST-762
    Floyd County 63k USS LST-762 officers at Paeyonpynhong-do, Korean, 20 January 1952, from left toe right;
    LT. Bernie Wald) Engineer
    LT. Ace Jones (XO)
    LCDR Bill Marty (CO)
    LT. Wayne Terry (Communications)
    LT.(SC) John Erickson (Stores) and
    LT. Lee Bauerlein (Operations).
    LCDR. William B. Marty USN CO USS LST-762
    Floyd County 56k USS LST-762 change of command ceremony, LCDR Bill Marty being relieved by LT. Ace C. Jones, at Paeyonpynhong-do, Korea, 20 March 1952. LCDR Marty assumed command of LST Div. Twelve aboard LST-692. LCDR. William B. Marty USN CO USS LST-762
    USS Floyd County (LST-762)
    Floyd County 53k USS Floyd County (LST-762) underway, circa 1959, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine December 1959
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Floyd County 72k USS Floyd County (LST-762) underway, circa 1966 or later, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Lloyd King
    Floyd County 54k USS Floyd County (LST-762) moored to the LST ramp at Danang, South Vietnam, 1968.
    US Navy photo from Naval Support Facility, Danang, Yearbook
    Pete Harlem
    Floyd County 55k USS Floyd County (LST-762) and USS Litchfield County (LST-901) moored to the LST ramp at Danang, South Vietnam, 1968.
    US Navy photo from Naval Support Facility, Danang, Yearbook
    Pete Harlem
    Floyd County 78k USS Floyd County (LST-762) underway, date and location unknown. Ed Zajkowski

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


    For more photos and information about USS Floyd County, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Commanding Officers
  • The USS LST Ship Memorial
  • Mobile Riverine Force Association
  • LST Home Port
  • State LST Chapters
  • United States LST Association
  • LTjg Larry Irwin photo collection circa 1964-65
  • U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS LST-762
  • USS LST-762 Operational Records, 3 November 1950 to 31 August 1951

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