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USS Linn County (LST-900)
USS LST-900 (1945 - 1955)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Oscar - Hotel
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 Medal (with Asia Clasp)

USS Linn County (LST-900) was transferred to the Republic of Korea and renamed Buk Han (LST-815)
542-Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 1 October 1944, at Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 9 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-900, 6 January 1945, Lt. Neil A. McClaflin in command
  • During WWII USS LST-898 was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater;
    LST Flotilla Thirty-One, CAPT. H. S. Covington USN (22);
    LST Group Ninety-Two, CDR. J. G. Winn USN;
    LST Div 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, 26 to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II LST-900 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 15 October to 10 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 15 May 1946
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Named USS Linn County (LST-900), 1 July 1955
  • Transferred (leased) to the Republic of Korea, 2 December 1958, renamed Buk Han (LST-815), subsequently renumbered (LST-678)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 February 1959
  • Sold outright to the Republic of Korea, 15 November 1974
  • Current Disposition, still active in Korean Navy as of May 1999
  • USS LST-900 earned one battle star for World War II 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'
    (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
    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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    USS LST-900 / USS Linn County (LST-900)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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