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USS Ford County (LST-772)
USS LST-772 (1944 - 1955)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korea Service Medal (6) - United Nations Korea Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 3 August 1944, at Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 24 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-772, 13 November 1944, LT. George J. Nieman, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-772 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Twenty-Three CAPT. W. W. Weeden Jr., USN;
    LST Group Sixty-Seven, CDR V. A. King USN;
    LST Division One Hundred Thirty-Four and participated the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 29 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-772 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    29 September to 26 October 1945
    17 November to 9 December 1945
  • Decommission, 3 July 1946
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Recommissioned, 3 November 1950
  • During the Korean War USS LST-772 participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    21 May to 7 June 1951
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    19 to 30 November 1952
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    10 to 25 July 1951
    1 August to 2 September 1951
    3 to 27 November 1951
    Third Korean Winter
    11 to 31 December 1952
    27 to 28 January 1953
    11 to 14 February 1953
    27 February to 6 March 1953
    14 to 19 March 1953
    11 to 30 April 1953
    Second Korean Winter
    28 November to 8 December 1951
    11 to 12 January 1952
    Korea, Summer-Fall 1953
    1 to 27 May 1953
    18 to 20 June 1953
    13 and 24 to 27 July 1953

  • USS LST-772 was assigned to China service for the following period 8 to 12 February 1955
  • Named USS Ford County (LST-772), 1 July 1955
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 March 1958
  • Final Disposition, destroyed as a target ship, 19 March 1958
  • USS LST-772 earned one battle star for World War II service and six battle stars for Korean War service
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    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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    Ford County 135k USS LST-772 moored at Nagoya, Japan in 1955. Terrence Maher
    Ford County 195k

    USS LST-772 / USS Ford County (LST-772)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Nieman, George J., USNR13 November 1944 - December 1945
    02LT. Aldridge, Delo M. J., USNRDecember 1945 - 3 July 1946
     Decommissioned3 July 1946 - 3 November 1950
    03LT. Drake, John Francis1954 - 1956
    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
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