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USS Henry County (LST-824)
USS LST-824 (1944 - 1955)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (2 - Jan. 29-30 and Feb. 6, 1968) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Vietnam Service Medal (4) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (3) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

USS Henry County (LST-824) was transferred to Malaysia and renamed KD Sri Banggi (A-1501)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 29 September 1944, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 8 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-824, 30 November 1944, LT. Jesse D. Jones, USNR, in command:
  • During WWII USS LST-824 was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Twenty-Five, CAPT. H.E. Richter USN (24);
    LST Group Seventy-Four, CDR. J.G. Farnsworth;
    LST Division One Hundred Forty-Eight and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 17 April to 29 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-824 was assigned to Occupation service from 9 to 25 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, 15 May 1946 at Portland OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Named USS Henry County (LST-824), 1 July 1955
  • Recommissioned, 5 September 1959, LT. R. L. Dodd in command.
  • During the Vietnam War USS Henry County (LST-824) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    10-September to 10 November 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    16 to 31 July 1966
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    25 to 26 February 1966
    15 March to 21 April 1966
    12 to 16 and 20 to 30 June 1966
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    13 to 14 November 1967
    30 December 1967 to 20 January 1968

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 11 April 1975
  • USS 824 earned one battle star for World War II service and as USS Henry County (LST-824) four campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Final Disposition, transferred to Malaysia, 1 October 1976, renamed KD Sri Banggi (A-1501), fate unknown
    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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    Henry County 46k USS Henry County (LST-824) underway, date and location unknown. LST Home Port
    Henry County 68k USS Henry County (LST-824) at anchor, date and location unknown. © Richard Leonhardt
    Henry County 130k USS Henry County (LST-824) cast iron plaque. Note the plaque was cast in error. It reads USS HENRY COUNTY LST-842 vice USS HENRY COUNTY LST-824. Tommy Trampp

    USS LST-824 / USS Henry County (LST-824)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Jones, Jesse D., USNR30 November 1944 - January 1946
    02LTjg. Green, E. W., USNRJanuary 1946 - March 1946
    03LTjg. Campbell, Jesse G., USNRMarch 1946 15 May 1946
     Decommissioned 15 May 1946 - 5 September 1959
    04LT. Dodd, Robert Lee5 September 1959 - ?
    05LT. Atwood Jr., Henry Clayton1962
    06LTjg. Mackey, G. William, USN 1967 - 1968
    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
    Mobile Riverine Force Association
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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