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USS King County (AG-157)
USS King County (LST-857) (1955 - 1957)
USS LST-857 (1944 - 1955)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - November - Lima
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 Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (7) - United Nations Korean Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

542-Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 19 September 1944, at Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 6 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-857, 29 December 1944, LT. Roy C. Parlier USN, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-857 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-One, CAPT. H. S. Covington USN (23);
    LST Group Ninety-Three CDR. E. R. Sperry USN (23);
    LST Division One Hundred Eighty-Four and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 18 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-857 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    23 September to 1 November 1945
    18 November to 16 December 1945

  • During the Korean War USS LST-857 participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    18 September to 6 October 1950
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    1 to 17 May 1952
    3 to 5 June 1952
    26 June to 1 July 1952
    27 August to 2 September 1952
    11 to 17 September 1952
    8 to 15 November 1952
    23 to 30 November 1952
    Inchon Landing
    13 to 17 September 1950
    Third Korean Winter
    9 to 15 December 1952
    28 to 30 April 1953
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    4 to 10 November 1951
    Korean Summer-Fall 1953
    1 and 12 to 14 May 1953
    29 May to 4 June 1953
    15 to 25 June 1953
    12 to 14 July 1953
    Second Korean Winter
    30 November to 9 December 1951
    19 December 1951 to 6 January 1952
    28 February to 6 March 1952
    2 to 6 and 17 to 30 April 1952

  • Named USS King County (LST-857), 1 July 1955
  • Converted in 1957 to an experimental guided missile test ship and reclassified (AG-157), 17 May 1958. King County was assigned to Project Lehi Ė This project task was to design the prototype of the USS Halibut (SSGN-587) Regulus II missile storage and handling system. She was to become the Regulus II test and training ship, home ported at Point Mugu, CA..
  • Decommissioned, 8 July 1960
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LST-857 earned one battle star for World War II service and seven battle stars for Korean War service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 25 April 1961, to Zidell Explorations, Inc., Portland, OR., for scrapping
    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'
    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
    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
    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-857
    King County 192k USS LST-857 underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Jim Kurrasch
    Battleship Iowa Pacific Battleship Center
    King County 72k USS LST-857 moored pierside at Pearl Harbor, T.H., circa 1945-47. Evan Prost for Jack Rudloff USS LST-857
    King County 132k USS LST-857 loading relief supplies at Pearl Harbor for victims of a tsunami that struck the island of Hilo on the 1st of April 1946. Mike Wade for his father N.G. Wade, CTC USN Ret
    King County 87k
    King County 126k USS LST-857 at anchor in San Francisco Bay, CA. in early 1946, with LCT(6)-778 loaded on the LST's main deck.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 79572, Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974.
    Mike Green
    King County 130k USS LST-857 beached at Monterey, CA., circa 1949-52. William Robert Caskey Jr. for his father William Robert Caskey Sr. (Bob) EM2 USS LST-857 1949-52
    King County 40k USS LST-857 moored pierside, date and location unknown. Boyd Campbell USS LST-857 1951-53
    King County 56k USS LST-857 moored at Sasebo, Japan while loading incendiary bombs for the Air Force in Korea, circa 1952-53. Boyd Campbell USS LST-857 1951-53
    USS King County (LST-857)
    King County 104k The Regulus II missile launcher for Project Lehi leaves the structural shop at Mare Island, 25 March 1957, on its way for installation abroad USS King County (LST-857).
    Mare Island Navy Shipyard photo # 33684-3-57
    Darryl Baker
    King County 97k The Regulus II missile launcher aboard YD-33 prior to installation aboard USS King County (LST-857), 4 April 1957.
    Mare Island Navy Shipyard photo # 33840-4-57
    Darryl Baker
    King County 182k The Regulus II missile launcher being installed aboard USS King County (LST-857), 5 April 1957. YD-33 is doing the lifting.
    Mare Island Navy Shipyard photo # 33809-4-57
    Darryl Baker
    USS King County (AG-157)
    King County 350k USS King County (AG-157) Commanding Officer. LT. J. Metcalf, left, is looking over the plans for the Regulus II missile system with LCDR R. G. Newby, Mare Islandís Assistant Design Superintend, 18 September 1958.
    US Navy photo from the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum - File name: LST 857 40775-9-58 TH, 9/18/58..
    Darryl Baker
    King County 297k The prototype Regulus II storage and handling system in being installed aboard the USS King County (AG-157) at Mare Island, 18 September 1958. Note the submarine sail.
    US Navy photo from the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum - File name: LST 857 41069-9-58 TH, 9/18/58..
    Darryl Baker
    King County 357k View of the topside mock-up of the Halibutís topside missile launching area aboard USS King County (AG 157), 18 September 1958.
    US Navy photo from the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum - File name: LST 857 41070-9-58 TH, 9/18/58..
    Darryl Baker
    King County 56k USS King County (AG-157) with a Regulus II missile being readied for launch, circa 1958. The structure behind the missile is a non-submarine blast shield to protect the ship's superstructure. US Navy photo from "The American Submarine" by Norman Pulmar. Robert Hurst
    King County
    311k USS King County (AG-157) underway, circa 1950s, while serving as Regulus II test ship. Mike Smolinski
    King County 108k A Regulus II missile being fired from the deck of USS King County (AG-157) in the Pacific Missile Range off Point Mugu, CA., 11 December 1958.
    US Navy photo.
    Tommy Trampp

    USS King County (LST-857 / AG-157)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Parlier, Roy C., USN29 December 1944 - December 1945LST-857
    02LT. Mathews, Charles E., USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946LST-857
    03LT. Parlier, Roy C., USNMarch 1946 - June 1946LST-857
    04LT. Stevens, James R., USNJune 1946 - August 1947LST-857
    05LT. Myers, Harvey L., USNAugust 1947 - 1949LST-857
    06LCDR. Gurney, Sumner (Stud)January 1956 - July 1958AG-157
    07LCDR. Metcalf III, Joseph, LCDR :VADM~1959 - 8 July 1960AG-157
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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