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USS Madera County (LST-905)
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USS LST-905 (1945 - 1955)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Sierra - Bravo
NJSB
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (3) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (4-Dominican Republic) - Vietnam Service Medal (10)
Fourth Row - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (8) - Philippines Liberation Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal



USS Madera County (LST-905) was transferred to the Republic of the Philippines, renamed RPS Ilocos Norte (LT-98)
542-Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 19 November 1944, at Dravo Corp. Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 30 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-905, 20 January 1945
  • During World War II USS LST-905 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater;
  • LST Flotilla Thirty-Two, CDR. D. J. Sweeny (23)
  • LST Group Ninety-Five, CDR. J. Capponi;
  • LST Division One Hundred Ninety and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 8 to 28 June 1945

    Following World War II USS LST-905 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    20 September to 1 November 1945
    15 November to 2 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 11 September 1946
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Renamed USS Madera County (LST-905), 1 July 1955
  • Recommissioned, 30 March 1963
  • During the Vietnam War USS Madera County (LST-905) participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    9 to 19 May 1966
    28 May to 15 June 1966
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 July to 29 October 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    25 to 31 July 1966
    13 to 17 August 1966
    26 August to 1 September 1966
    13 to 20 September 1966
    1 to 8 and 22 to 29 October 1966
    11 to 22 November 1966
    24 January to 31 May 1967
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    24 November to 22 February 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    1 to 7 June 1967
    21 August to 12 December 1967
    11 to 29 January 1968
    Tet 69/Counteroffensive
    23 February to 17 April 1969
    28 May to 8 June 1969
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 15 February 1968
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 June to 31 October 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    15 to 30 June 1968
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    1 to 11 November 1969

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Transferred (leased) to the Republic of the Philippines, 29 November 1969, renamed RPS Ilcos Norte (LT-98)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 September 1979
  • Sold to the Philippines, 1 March 1980
  • Final Disposition, struck for the Philippine Navy in 1992, fate unknown
  • USS LST-905 earned one battle star for World War II service, and ten campaign stars for Vietnam War service as USS Madera County
    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-905 93k USS LST-905 underway on the Ohio River while enroute to New Orleans from Pittsburgh for fitting out, circa January 1945. Bob Keener in honor of his father William A. Keener (deceased) Shipfitter First Class USS LST-905 1944-1946.
    LST-905 78k USS LST-905 crew members, left to right, Corrier, William Keener, Scroggs and Griffith. Bob Keener in honor of his father William A. Keener (deceased) Shipfitter First Class USS LST-905 1944-1946.
    LST-905 58k USS LST-905 crew photo, date and location unknown. Bob Keener in honor of his father William A. Keener (deceased) Shipfitter First Class USS LST-905 1944-1946.
    LST-905 121k USS LST-905 crew photo, date and location unknown. Bob Keener in honor of his father William A. Keener (deceased) Shipfitter First Class USS LST-905 1944-1946.
    LST-905 60k USS LST-905 and USS LST-990 beached at Okinawa, June 1945. Bob Keener in honor of his father William A. Keener (deceased) Shipfitter First Class USS LST-905 1944-1946.
    USS Madera County (LST-905)
    LST-905 49k USS Madera County (LST-905) on the Hudson River in New York Harbor, date unknown Daniel A. Brown, SM3, USS Madera County, 1967-68
    LST-905 17k USS Madera County (LST-905) at anchor in the Mekong River, South Vietnam, 1967. Photo by Tom O'Donnell, RM3 USS Madera County, Submitted by Daniel A. Brown, SM3, USS Madera County, 1967-68
    LST-905 299k USS Madera County (LST-905) underway on a river in the Mekong Delta, circa late-summer-1969. Photo was taken from USS Hickman County (LST-825) as the two ships passed each other. Photo by Steven Eldred SN USN
    USS Hickman County (LST-825)
    BRP Ilocos Norte (LT-98)
    LST-905 94k Ex-USS Madera County (LST-905) in Philippines naval service as BRP Ilocos Norte (LT-98) moored at Cavite, Luzon Island, Philippine Islands in 1988. Edison Sy
    Orleans Parish 88k At left, Ex-USNS Orleans Parish (T-LST-1069) in Philippines service as BRP Cotabato Del Norte (LT-511) and at right, Ex-USS Madera County (LST-905) in Philippines naval service as BRP Ilocos Norte (LT-98) moored at Cavite, Luzon Island, Philippine Islands in 1988, Edison Sy

    USS Madera County (LST-905)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    02LT. McKenna, Richard Bernard2 January 1968 - January 1969
    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
    Mobile Riverine Force Association
    Brownwater Navy in Vietnam Web Book
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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