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USS Maricopa County (LST-938)
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USS LST-938 (1944 - 1955)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Charlie - Sierra
NKCS
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal



USS Maricopa County (LST-938) was transferred to South Vietnam, renamed Da Nang (HQ-501) seized by Peoples Republic of Vietnam, renamed Tran Khanh Du (HQ-501)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 14 July 1944, at Bethlehem Steel Co., Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 15 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-938, 9 September 1944, ENS. W. H. Limes in command
  • During World War II LST-938 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 10 to 18 March and 24 March to 14 April 1945
    Borneo operation
    Balikpapan operation, 26 June to 9 July 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-938 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    9 September to 30 November 1945 
    29 January to 13 May 194629 January to 13 May 1946

  • USS LST-938 was assigned to Naval Reserve training, first at Bayonne, N.J., later at Gulfport, MS.
  • Decommissioned in December 1949
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Spring, FL.
  • Recommissioned, 14 December 1951
  • Renamed USS Maricopa County (LST-938), 1 July 1955
  • Decommissioned, 29 February 1956
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Spring, FL.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1962
  • Transferred to South Vietnam, 12 July 1962, renamed Da Nang (HQ-501)
  • Final Disposition, captured by the North Vietnamese around the time of the fall of Saigon, 29 April 1975, renamed Tran Khanh Du (HQ-501), still active
  • USS Maricopa County earned two battle stars for World War II service as LST-938
    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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    Maricopa County 70k USS LST-938 entering San Francisco Bay having just passed under the Golden Gate Bridge as she returns from duty in the South Pacific, 27 May 1946. Harold J. Windorfer USS LST-938 plank owner
    People Republic of Vietnam Ship Tran Khanh Du (HQ-501)
    Maricopa County 45k ex-Maricopa County (LST-938) in the Peoples Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) service as Tran Khanh Du (HQ-501) moored at the Vietnamese Naval Shipyard, Ho Chi Min City (Saigon), 13 September 2003. Photo by Steve Loomis, SN, US Naval Advisory Group Vietnam
    Maricopa County 47k Peoples Republic of Vietnam ship Tran Khanh Du (HQ-501) moored at the Vietnamese Naval Shipyard, Ho Chi Min City (Saigon), 13 September 2003. Photo by Steve Loomis, SN, US Naval Advisory Group Vietnam
    Maricopa County 53k Peoples Republic of Vietnam ship Tran Khanh Du (HQ-501) moored at the Vietnamese Naval Shipyard, Ho Chi Min City (Saigon), 13 September 2003. Photo by Steve Loomis, SN, US Naval Advisory Group Vietnam

    USS LST-938/ USS Maricopa County (LST-938)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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