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USS Iron County (LST-840)
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USS LST-840 (1943 - 1955)


International Radio Call Sign:
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - 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 - Korean Service Medal (3-stars) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)



USS Iron County (LST-840) was transferred to the Republic of China and renamed ROCS Chung Fu (LST-223)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 28 September 1944, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 16 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-840, 11 December 1944, Lt. David McC. Bon in command
  • During World War II USS LST-840 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 Div One Hundred Thirty-Seven and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 18 to 29 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-840 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 18 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 1 June 1946, at Vancouver, WA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group at Astoria, OR.
  • Recommissioned, 3 November 1950, LT. Merle A. Coe in command
  • During the Korean War USS LST-840 participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    12 to 20 June 1951
    Korea, Summer-Fall 1953
    23 May to 27 July 1953
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    4 to 15 October 1951
     

  • Named USS Iron County (LST-840), 1 July 1955
  • Decommissioned, 1 July 1958
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Republic of China, renamed ROCS Chung Fu (LST-223)
  • Struck from the Republic of China Navy, 8 November 1997
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-840 earned one battle star for World War II service and three battle stars for Korean 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 4 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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    Iron County 45k LST-840 underway, date and place unknown LST Home Port web site
    Iron County 45k LST-840 off Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, CA., 4 April 1952 LST Home Port web site
    ROCS Chung Fu (LST-223)
    LST-840 44k Ex-Iron County (LST-840) in Republic of China Naval service as , ROCS Chung Fu (LST-223) at the Republic of China Naval Base Tzoying, 1997. Larry Lin ROCS Chung Shun (LST-208)

    USS Iron County (LST-840)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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