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USS Middlesex County (LST-983)
USS LST-983 (1944 - 1955)
Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Romeo - Papa
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
542-Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 22 December 1943, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
Launched, 10 February 1944
Commissioned USS LST 983, 25 March 1944, LT. Woodrow W. Weir, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-983 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:
Decommissioned, 10 January 1956, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
Named USS Middlesex County (LST-983), 1 July 1955
Recommissioned, 27 September 1961
Decommissioned, 15 October 1969
Struck from the Naval Register, 15 September 1974
Sold for commercial service to L.P. Callimros, Athens, Greece, 12 November 1975.
Final Disposition, ran aground at Benghazi, Libya, 4 December 1980.
USS Middlesex County earned one battle star for World War II service as USS LST-983.
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
Length 328' o.a.
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
Boats 2 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
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
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
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||USS LST-983 pierside, date and location unknown.
||USS LST-983 crew photo, date and location unknown.
||LST Homeport web site
||USS LST-983 with USS LST-601 in the background launches a Marine LVTP-5 for a waterborne landing, date and location unknown.
US navy photo.
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
|USS Middlesex County (LST-983)
||USS Middlesex County (LST-983) underway, date and location unknown.
||USS Middlesex County (LST-983) plaque.
USS Middlesex County (LST-983)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Weir, Woodrow W., USNR||25 March 1944 - September 1945|
|02||LTjg. Leedy, Carelton C., USNR||September 1945 - 3 November 1945|
|03||LTjg. Parker, Raymond, USN||3 November 1945 - 5 July 1946|
|04||LT. Faris, William Bailey, USN||5 July 1946 - ?|
| ||Decommissioned||10 January 1956 - 27 September 1961|
|05||LCDR. Kersting, William Henry, USN||27 September 1961 - November 1963|
|06||LT. Foster, John Antrim, LT||1964|
|07||LCDR. Dollenmeyer, James Kenneth, LCDR||no dates|
|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
LST Home Port
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 13 May 2016
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