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USS Hillsborough County (LST-827)
USS LST-827 (1944 - 1955)

International Radio Call Sign:
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is top to bottom, from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 13 October 1944 at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 22 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-827, 12 December 1944, LT. R. L. Olander in command
  • During World War II USS LST-827 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
  • LST Flotilla Twenty-Three, CAPT. W.W. Weeden Jr. USN;
  • LST Group Sixty-Eight, CDR. G. H. Dana USN (20);
  • LST Div One Hundred Thirty-Eight and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 20 May to 10 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-827 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 9 to 25 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, 7 June 1949
  • Recommissioned, 3 November 1950, LT. S. G. Ruskey in command
  • During the Korean War USS LST-827 participated in the following campaign:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    First UN Counter Offensive
    19 March to 21 April 1951
    Third Korean Winter
    5 to 10 July 1952
    19 to 24 July 1952
    5 to 23 August 1952
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    22 April 13 May 1951

  • Named USS Hillsborough County (LST-827), 1 July 1955
  • Placed in commission in reserve, 1 November 1957
  • Decommissioned, 28 January 1958
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1958
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target in the Gulf of California, 15 August 1958
  • USS Hillsborough County earned one battle star for World War II service and three battle stars for the Korean War
    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'
    (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
    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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    LCT-1402 209k USS LST-827 unloading LCT-1402 at Leyte in March 1945. LCT-1402 was loaded aboard LST-827 at New Orleans with a PT Boat in her well. Before LCT-1402 could be unloaded a cargo ship was secured alongside LST-827 and using her cargo booms lifted the PT Boat from the well of LCT-1402. This having been accomplished the unloading of LCT-1402 could commence. The first photo in the series shows LCT-1402 resting on the main deck of LST-827 For the crew of LST-827, William "Bill" Starkey BM2/c USS LST-827
    LCT-1402 358k LCT-1402 being launched over the side of USS LST-827 at Leyte in March 1945. Note the she is in mid-air. A rare photo. For the crew of LST-827, William "Bill" Starkey BM2/c USS LST-827
    LCT-1402 352k LCT-1402 is alongside USS LST-827 after being launched at Leyte in March 1945. This photo shows the shipways built on the deck of LSTs to haul LCTs. After launching an LST the shipways were jettisoned and hauled to the beach. For the crew of LST-827, William "Bill" Starkey BM2/c USS LST-827
    LCT-1402 311k LCT-1402 is alongside USS LST-827 after being launched at Leyte in March 1945. For the crew of LST-827, William "Bill" Starkey BM2/c USS LST-827
    LST-827/1122 10k USS LST-827 and USS LST-1122 beached in Korea, 1951. LST Home Port
    LST-827 18k USS LST-827 underway returning to the US from Korea, 1951. LST Home Port

    USS Hillsborough County (LST-827)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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