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USS Millard County (LST-987)
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USS LST-987 (1944 - 1955)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Romeo - Juliet
NVRJ
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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 2 February 1944, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
  • Launched, 5 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-987, 19 April 1944, LT. William H. Pennington in command
  • During World War II USS LST-987 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater;
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Seven, CAPT. Riley;
    LST Group One Hundred Eleven LCDR. A. H. Tutt;
    LST Division Two Hundred Twenty-Two
  • Following World War II USS LST-987 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    8 to 20 October 1945 
    19 November 1945 to 16 April 194619 November 1945 to 16 April 1946

  • Decommissioned, 3 September 1946
  • Placed in service as a Naval Reserve training ship under command of the Potomac Naval River Command
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs, FL. in May 1950
  • Renamed Millard County (LST-987), 1 July 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1960
  • Sold in August 1960 to the Federal German Navy
  • Struck from the German Naval list in early 1968
  • Sold in 1973 to Zanzuig & Transportbedrijf H. G. & G. D. Blomberg B. V., Panama, renamed MV Esperance III and converted to a Hopper Dredge
  • Resold in 1978 to Cdeco Maritime Construction Inc., Wilmington, DE.
  • Resold in 1980 to American International Dredge Corp.
  • Resold, 1986 to the B & B Dredging Corp., Chicago, IL and renamed MV Columbus
  • Renamed MV Columbia in 2002
  • As of August 2003 Columbia was still in 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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    Millard County 54k ex USS Millard County (LST-987) in commercial service as the hopper dredge, MV Esperance III laid up at Sandusky OH., date unknown.
    Historical Collections of the Great Lakes Bowling Green State University

    USS LST-987 / Millard County (LST-987)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    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

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