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

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

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., LCDR. Babcock, Walter T. in command
  • 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
  • USS LST-887 earned one battle star for World War II service and three battle stars for Korean War service
  • Final Disposition, deleted from the Indonesians Naval Register in 1974, fate 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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    Size Image Description Contributed
    Lawrence County 187k Mrs. F.J. Conroy Christens LST-887 as the ship is launched, 7 October 1944, at Dravo Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA. Yu Chu
    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) under way, date and location unknown. LST-887 web site

    USS LST-887 / USS Lawrence County (LST-887)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Loring, Chandler, O., USCGR7 November 1944 - 9 November 1945
    02LT. Orr, Robert A., USCGR9 November 1945 - 30 April 1946
    03LTjg. Makielski, Thomas T., USNR30 April 1946 - 23 July 1946
     Decommissioned23 July 1946 - 3 November 1950
    04LCDR. Babcock, Walter T.3 November 1950 - 25 August 1952
    05LT. Spoerl Jr., Harvey Edgar, USN (USNA 1946)25 August 1952 - 23 July 1954
    06LT. Weigel, John Jacob23 July 1954 - 7 August 1956
    07LT. Neely Jr., Guy Morton7 August 1956 - 1958
    08LT. Smedberg IV, William Renwick, :RADM1958 - 22 March 1960
    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
    USS LST 887
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
    Action Report - Landing of Occupation Forces, Nagasaki Japan, September 1945

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