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USS Johnson County (LST-849)
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USS LST-849 (1944 - 1955)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Kilo - Uniform
NIKU
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, 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)



USS Johnson County (LST-849) was transferred to the Republic of Korea and renamed ROKS Wi Pong (LST-812)
542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 10 November 1944, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 30 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-849, 25 January 1945, LT. Emil C. Farkas, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-849 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 and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 May to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-849 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 9 to 25 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, 13 June 1946
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Named Johnson County (LST-849), 1 July 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register, and transferred to the Republic of Korea in January 1959, renamed ROKS Wi Pong (LST-812), later redesignated (LST-676)
  • Current Disposition, on display at a military museum in Gunsan, South Korea
  • USS LST-849 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    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'
    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-849
    LST-849 117k USS LST-849 launching at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA., 30 December 1944.
    Photo courtesy Martin S. Gorecki BKr3/c USS LST-849
    US Naval Historical Center
    LST-842 197k USS LST-849, beached along with USS LST-842 and either USS LST-823 or USS LST-825, probably at Okinawa, circa 1945. Michelle Redfearn for her father, Charles A Mann USS LST-842, 1944-1946
    ROKS Wi Pong (LST-676)
    LST-849 231k ROKS Wi Pong (LST-812) (ex-USS Johnson County (LST-849) moored at Saigon, South Vietnam, circa 1969-70 David Staszak
    LST-849 402k Ex-ROKS Wi Pong (LST-676) [ex- USS Johnson County (LST-849)] on display at a military museum in Gunsan, South Korea. Photos by Dave Carmichael
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    USS LST-849 / USS Johnson County (LST-849)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Farkas, Emil Charles, USNR25 January 1945 - December 1945
    02LTjg. Schneible, Willard P., USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    03LTjg. Waldrop, Francis G., USNRMarch 1946 - 13 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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    United States LST Association
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