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USS Kane County (LST-853)
USS LST-853 (1944 - 1955)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Mike - India
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 Kane County (LST-853) was transferred to the Republic of Korea and renamed ROKS Suyeong (LST-813) (LST-677)
542-Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 30 August 1944, at Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
Launched, 17 November 1944
Commissioned USS LST-853, 11 December 1944, LT. Charles B. Salsbury, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-853 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 Division One Hundred Thirty-Eight and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 3 May to 29 June 1945
Following World War II USS LST-853 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|6 to 20 September 1945||
|7 November to 8 December 1945
Decommissioned, 24 July 1946
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
Named USS Kane County (LST-853), 1 July 1955
Reactivated and transferred, under terms of the Military Assistance Program, to the Republic of Korea, 22 December 1958, renamed ROKS Suyeong (LST-813)
Redesignated LST-677, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Decommissioned by the South Korean Navy, 29 December 2005
Current Disposition, on display at Donghangpo, South Korea as a tourist attraction
USS LST-853 earned one battle star for World War II service
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
Length 328' o.a.
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
Boats 2 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
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
Diesel 4,300 Bbls
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
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|USS LST-853 / USS Kane County (LST-853)
||USS LST-853 prior to launch, 17 November 1944, Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
||USS LST-853 after launching, 17 November 1944, Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
||USS LST-853 beached with bow doors open, date and location unknown.
||Looking forward on the main deck LST-853, date and location unknown.
|ROKS Suyeong (LST-813) (LST-677)
||Ex-USS Kane County (LST-853) in Republic of Korea service as ROKS Suyeong (LST-813) underway, circa 1967, location unknown.
||ROKS Suyeong (LST-813) underway, date and location unknown.
||Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||ROKS Suyeong (LST-813) at rest, circa 1962, location unknown.
||ROKS Suyeong (LST-677) lowers her bow ramp at Tak San Ri Beach, near Pohang, South Korea, 29 October 2000.
Department of Defense Media. Photo @ SD-03-13098
|01||LT. Salsbury, Charles B., USNR||11 December 1944 - 29 October 1945|
|02||LTjg. Coster Jr., Gerard Holsman, USNR||29 October 1945 - January 1946|
|03||LTjg. Duro, George D., USNR||January 1946 - June 1946|
|04||LTjg. Eirich, Norman C., USN||June 1946 - 24 July 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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