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USS Iredell County (LST-839)
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USS LST-839 (1944 - 1955)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Uniform - Xray
NHUX
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (21Feb58, 10Mar68, 18Mar70) - Presidential Unit Citation - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Fourth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (9) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (18) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal



USS Iredell County (LST-839) was sold to Indonesia and renamed KRI Teluk Bone (LST-511)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 25 September 1944, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 12 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-839, 6 December 1944, at New Orleans, LA., LT. Waldo F. McNeir in command
  • During World War II USS LST-839 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Twenty-Three, CAPT. W.W. Weeden Jr. USN;
    LST Group Sixty-Nine, CDR. H. F. Agnen USN (23);
    LST Division One Hundred Thirty-Seven and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 13 April 29 June1945

  • Following World War II, USS LST-839 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 6 to 23 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, 24 July 1946, at Vancouver, WA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Astoria, OR.
  • Named Iredell County (LST-839), 1 July 1955
  • Recommissioned, 18 June 1966, USS Iredell County (LST-839) at San Diego, CA.
  • During the Vietnam War USS Iredell County (LST-839) participated in following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    20 October to 6 December 1966
    14 January to 28 February 1967
    6 May to 31 May 1967
    Tet/69 Counteroffensive
    18 March to 15 April 1969
    21 May to 8 June 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    1 to 9 June 1967
    25 July to 6 September 1967
    26 October to 28 November 1967
    20 to 29 January 1968
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 to 18 June 1969
    12 July to 2 August 1969
    13 to 18 August 1969
    10 September to 6 October 1969
    20 to 26 October 1969
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 22 March 1968
    29 March to 1 April 1968
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    3 December 1969
    31 December 1969 to 21 March 1970
    1 to 30 April 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 to 29 April 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    1 to 2 May 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    5 December 1968 to 3 January 1969
    13 January to 17 February 1969
     

  • Decommissioned in July 1970 and transferred (loaned) under terms of the Security Assistance Program, to Indonesia, renamed KRI Teluk Bone (LST-511)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, and sold outright to Indonesia in February 1979
  • Disposed of by Indonesian Navy, 26 January 2011
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-839 earned one battle star for World War II service, and as USS Iredell County (LST-839) the Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation and 9 campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    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'
    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)
    Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    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
    two twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    four single 40MM gun mounts
    twelve single 20MM gun mounts
    Propulsion
    two General Motors 12-567, 900hp Diesel engines
    two propellers
    twin rudders

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    Iredell County 47k USS LST-839 launching, 12 November 1944, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
    US Navy photo from Varamar Arts Canvas Print
    Tommy Trampp
    Iredell County 61k USS Iredell County (LST-839) beached on the LST ramp at Danang, RVN in 1967. Arthur Schmelke USS Iredell County Jan67 to Dec68
    Iredell County 51k USS Iredell County (LST-839) beached on an LST ramp, date and location unknown. Lawrence Loth
    Iredell County 64k USS Iredell County (LST-839) at the LST dock Danang, 1968. Submitted by Pete Harlem, Courtesy Dwight Gievers
    Iredell County 45k USS Iredell County (LST-839) at the LST dock Danang, 1968. Submitted by Pete Harlem, Courtesy Dwight Gievers
    Iredell County 74k USS Iredell County (LST-839) on the Cua Viet ramp in 1968. Bill Towart CS3 US Iredell County January 1967 - November 1968
    Iredell County 39k USS Iredell County (LST-839) underway outbound to sea from San Diego Bay, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from Veramar Arts Canvas Prints
    Tommy Trampp

    USS Iredell County (LST-839)
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