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USS Lake County (LST-880)
USNS LST-880 (T-LST-880) (1950 - 1951)
USS LST-880 (1945 - 1950)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Xray - Kilo
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
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal

542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 6 November 1944, at Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 16 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-880, 9 January 1945, LT. James T. Connolly USNR in command.
  • During World War II USS LST-880 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-Five
  • Following World War II USS LST-880 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East and in Europe for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    (Asia) 20 September to 1 November 1945
    (Asia) 15 November to 8 December 1945
    (Europe) 6 June to 10 November 1952
    (Europe) 9 to 15 October 1953

  • Decommissioned, 1 October 1946
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Towed to Norfolk, VA., in 1947
  • Placed in service with the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) in late 1950 as USNS LST-880 (T-LST-880)
  • Recommission, 20 August 1951, LT. Carl S. Cross in command
  • Named USS Lake County (LST-880), 1 July 1955
  • Decommissioned, 25 November 1958
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, disposed of as a target. date unknown
    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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    LST-880 38k USS Lake County (LST-880) under way in the Bahamas, 10 February 1958. Lake County provided support for Seabee units ashore in the Bahamas setting up satellite tracking sites. Ernest Relyea AM2 HU2

    USS LST-880 / USS Lake County (LST-880)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Connolly, James T, USNR 9 January 1945 - December 1945
    02LT. Smith Daniel F., USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    03LTjg. Perry, Aubrey H., USNR March 1946 - June 1946
    04LT. Tanis, Herbert L, USN June 1946 - 1 October 1946
     Decommissioned1 October 1946 - 20 August 1951
    05LT. Cross, Carl S.20 August 1951 - ?
    06LT. Doak, Samuel Lawallno dates
    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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