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USS Lawrence County (LST-887)
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USS LST-887 (1944 - 1955)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Bravo - Lima
NJBL

USS LST-887 was manned by the US Coast Guard during WWII

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 (3) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korean War Service Medal (retroactive)



USS Lawrence County (LST-887) was transferred to Indonesia and renamed Tandjung Nusanive (LST-1)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 27 August 1944, at Dravo Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 7 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-887, 7 November 1944, at New Orleans, LA., LT. Loring O. Chandler, USCGR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-887 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater;
    LST Flotilla Twenty-Nine, CAPT. H. E. Richter USCG (24);
    LST Group Eighty-Seven; CDR. E. Anderson USCG
    LST Division One Hundred Seventy-Four and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 April to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-887 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    20 to 29 September 1945
    23 to 29 October 1945

  • Decommissioned, 23 July 1946, at Portland, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria OR.
  • Recommissioned, 3 November 1950, at Bremerton, WA.
  • During the Korean War USS LST-887 participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaign and Dates
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    11 to 12 October 1951
    Third Korean Winter
    11 to 12 October 1952
    13 to 14 December 1952
    4 to 17 January 1953
    11 to 14 February 1953
    14 to 18 March 1953
    21 to 28 March 1953
    Second Korean Winter
    28 Dec 1951 to 12 January 1952
     

  • Named USS Lawrence County (LST-887), 1 July 1955
  • Decommissioned, 22 March 1960
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Sold under terms of the Foreign Assistance Sales Program to Indonesia and renamed Tandjung Nusanive (LST-1)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1960
  • Final Disposition, deleted from the Indonesians Naval Register in 1974, fate unknown
  • USS LST-887 earned one battle star for World War II service and three battle stars for Korean War service
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    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)
    Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    7 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
    Propulsion two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders

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    LST-334 64k USS LST-887 and USS LST-334 loading out at Navy Base Seattle prior to the invasion of Okinawa, c. 3 February 1945. US Army Signal Corps photo, now in the collections of Seattle NARA. Tracy White
    Lawrence County 34k USS LST-887 beached at Inchon, Korea, 1952 LST-887 web site
    Lawrence County 36k USS Lawrence County (LST-887) underway, date and location unknown. LST-887 web site

    USS LST-884 / USS Lawrence County (LST-887)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Loring, Chandler, O., USCGR7 November 1944 - ?
    02LT. Orr, Robert A., USCGRno dates

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    USS LST 887
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS LST-887
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