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USS Hampden County (LST-803)
USS LST-803 (1944 - 1955)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Alpha - November
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (5)
Fourth Row - Philippines Liberation Medal - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 14 September 1944, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 23 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-803, 17 November 1944, LT. Henry M. Parsons, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-803 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 in the following campaign;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 April to 10 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-803 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    6 to 24 September 194531 March to 1 April 1953
    29 October to 8 November 19457 to 13 February 1955
    20 to 24 May 1947 

  • Decommissioned, 15 June 1949, at Long Beach, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 15 November 1950
  • During the Korean War USS LST-803 participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    18 May to 6 June 1951
    Third Korean Winter
    15 to 18 December 1952
    25 February to 15 March 1953
    29 to 30 April 1953
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    25 July 1951
    10 August to 3 September 1951
    Korea Summer-Fall 1953
    1 to 17 May 1953
    18 to 19 June 1953
    9 July and 27 July 1953
    Second Korean Winter
    7 December 1951 to 4 January 1952

  • Named USS Hampden County (LST-803), 1 July 1955
  • Decommissioned, 2 January 1958, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1958
  • USS LST-803 earned one battle star for World War II service and five battle stars for Korean War service
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target, 26 September 1958, off the coast of California "Navy Times" 15 October 1958
    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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    USS LST-803
    LST-804 263k USS LST-803 beached in the Philippines, date and location unknown. J. Orawczyk
    LST-804 950k USS LST-803 beached on a ramp at Subic Bay in the Philippines in 1945. Photo taken from the deck of LCT 642 by Robert Moon. David Moon for his father Robert Moon EM2/c LCT-642
    USS Hampden County (LST-803)
    LST-803 87k USS Hampden County (LST-803) underway, date and location unknown. Michael Abbott

    USS LST-803 / USS Hampden County (LST-803)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Parsons, Henry McIlvaine, USNR17 November 1944 - 24 November 1945
    02LT. Blackmore, Willie Franklin, USNR24 November 1945 - 9 January 1946
    03LTjg. Gillis, James Daniel, USN9 January 1946 - 1 April 1946
    04LT. Martin, C. A., USN1 April1946 - August 1947
    05LT. Allard, L. P., USNAugust 1947 - January1948
    06LT. June, Russell Quartus, USNJanuary 1948 - 15 June 1949
     decommissioned15 June 1949 - 15 November 1950
    07LT.Owen, Ben15 November 1950 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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