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USS Marinette County (LST-953)
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USS LST-953 (1944 - 1945)



International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Foxtrot - Bravo
NKFB
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 Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 15 September 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 15 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-953, 7 November 1944, LT. T. W. Sexton USN in command
  • During World War II USS LST-953 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater;
    LST Flotilla Twenty-One, CAPT. W. H. Brereton, USN (24);
    LST Group Sixty-Three, LCDR. R .E. Farnestock USNR;
    LST Div One Hundred Twenty-Six 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 USS LST-953 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    20 to 26 September
    1 January to 5 April 1946

  • Decommissioned, 12 November 1946
  • Placed in service as a Naval Reserve Training ship, date and location unknown
  • Placed out of service and laid up, 17 June 1950, in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Spring, FL.
  • Renamed Marinette County, (LST-953), 1 July 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1958
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-953 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'
    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-953 92k USS LST-953 launching at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA., 15 October 1944 Christopher Demitras
    LST-953 108k USS LST-953 soon after launching at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA., 15 October 1944 Christopher Demitras

    USS Marinette County (LST-953) / USS LST-953
    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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    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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