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USS Jerome County (LST-848)
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USS LST-848 (1944 - 1955)


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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - Presidential Unit Citation
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (4) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (4) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal



USS Jerome County (LST-848) was transferred to South Vietnam, renamed RVNS Nha Trang (HQ-505) custody assumed by the Philippines after fall of South Vietnamese government, renamed BRP Agusan Del Sur (LT-54)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 6 November 1944, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 21 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-848, 20 January 1945, at New Orleans, LA., LT. Raymond P. Bentley USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-848 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Two, CAPT. D. J. Sweeny;
    LST Group Ninety-Four, CDR. E. Roughton USN;
    LST Division One Hundred Eighty-Seven

  • Following World War II USS LST-848 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 8 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 10 August 1946, at Vancouver, WA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Named USS Jerome County (LST-848), 1 July 1955
  • Recommissioned, 7 December 1959, LT. Kenneth H. Ruecker, in command
  • During the Vietnam War Jerome County (LST-848) participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    1 to 12 September 1965
    25 September to 7 October 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    20 December 1967 to 29 January 1968
    Vietnam Counteroffensive
    7 to 9 April 1966
    27 April to 2 June 1966
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    30 January to 20 February 1968
    6 to 23 March 1968
    28 March to 29 April 1968

  • Decommissioned, 1 April 1970
  • Transferred to South Vietnam in April 1970, renamed RVNS Nha Trang (HQ-505)
  • Custody assumed by the Philippines in 1975, renamed BRP Agusan Del Sur (LT-54)
  • Final Disposition, disposed of by the Philippine government in 1992
  • Jerome County earned the Presidential Unit Citation, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, one battle star for World War II service and four campaign stars for the Vietnam War
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    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)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    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
    Propulsion
    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-848
    LST-848 64k USS LST-848 moored pierside, date and location unknown. LST Home Port web site
    LST-848 113k USS LST-848 entering San Francisco Bay, circa February 1946.
    US Navy photo # NH 79571 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974.
    US Naval Historical Center
    USS Jerome County (LST-848)
    Jerome County 153k USS Jerome County (LST-848) makes a tight turn to starboard while underway off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, 20 June 1963. Photo by PH1 L. Wall, of Utility Squadron One
    US Navy photo # NH 98368 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Jerome County 80k USS Jerome County (LST-848) underway off shore, 27 April 1964. Photo by PH3 Winfield S. Frazeur
    US Navy photo # NH 98369 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Jerome County 138k USS Jerome County (LST-848) moored at US Naval Support Acclivity, Da Nang, South Vietnam, circa 1965-66.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, July 1967
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Jerome County 134k USS Jerome County (LST-848) operating off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, 15 June 1968. Photo by PH2 Timothy F. O'Sullivan, of squadron VC-1.
    US Navy photo # NH 98370 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Jerome County 95k USS Jerome County (LST-848) off San Diego, California, circa the 1960s. USS Wexford County (LST-1168) is in the background.
    Photograph received from USS Polk County (LST-1084), 1969.
    US Navy photo # NH 68717 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Jerome County 91k From left to right USS Wexford County (LST-1168), USS Jerome County (LST-848), USS Polk County (LST-1084) and two unidentified LSTs conducting landing practice off San Diego, circa the 1960s.
    Photograph received from USS Polk County (LST-1084), 1969.
    US Navy photo # NH 68713 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center.
    Jerome County 69k USS Jerome County (LST-848) underway off the coast of South Vietnam, 1966. Photo by LT. Richard Dawson USS Renville
    Westchester County 259k USS Jerome County (LST-848), USS Summit County (LST-1146) and , USS St. Clair County (LST-1096) beached at Chu Lai, South Vietnam, circa 1966. Photo by Rich Krebs USS USS Washoe County (LST-1165)
    Westchester County 259k USS Jerome County (LST-848), USS Summit County (LST-1146), USS St. Clair County (LST-1096) beached at Chu Lai, South Vietnam, circa 1966. Rich Krebs USS USS Washoe County (LST-1165)
    RVNS Nha Trang (HQ-505)
    Bulloch County 30k RVNS Nha Trang (HQ-505) and RVNS Qui Hhon (HQ-504) (ex-USS Bulloch County (LST-509) moored bow to bow, date, event and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    BRP Agusan Del Sur (LT-54)
    Jerome County 110k Ex-USS Jerome County (LST-848) in the Republic of the Philippines naval service as BRP Agusan Del Sur (LT-54) at anchor, 27 June 1986 when she was being offered for sale. Edison Sy

    USS Jerome County (LST-848)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Bentley, Raymond P.10 January 1945 - ?
     Decommissioned10 August 1946 - 7 December 1959
    03LT. Ruecker, Kenneth Henry7 December 1959 - ?
    06LCDR. Fischer Jr., Theodore ArthurJuly 1964 - July 1966
    07LT. Bailey, Fred WilkinJuly 1966 - 1968 - ?

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

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    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    Mobile Riverine Force Association
    LST Home Port
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    United States LST Association
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