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USS Mineral County (LST-988)
International Radio Call Sign:
USS LST-988 (1944 - 1955)
November - Victor - Romeo - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia or Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 10 February 1944, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
Launched, 12 March 1944
Commissioned USS LST-988, 25 April 1944, LTjg. Charles E. Craig, USN in command
During World War II USS LST-988 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East participated in the following campaign:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 21 September 1944
Following World War II USS LST-988 was assigned Asiatic-Pacific Theater and came under the command of:
LST Flotilla Thirty-Six, CAPT. D. F. J. Shea USN (23);
LST Group One Hundred Eight, LCDR. W. R. Peeler USN (34);
LST Division Two Hundred Sixteen
USS LST-988 performed Occupation service in both Asia and Europe for the following periods:
Decommissioned, 13 June 1950
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
Recommissioned, 7 June 1951
Named USS Mineral County (LST-988), 1 July 1955
Decommissioned, 11 October 1957
Struck from the Naval Register, 27 September 1957
USS LST-988 earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sunk as a target
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|8 to 25 October 1945||10 November 1952 to 4 April 1953
|18 November 1945 to 12 April 1946||20 October to 8 November 1953
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
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-988 and USS LST-907 moored at Civitavecchia, Italy while loading the US Army Air Force's 523rd Fighter Squadron's ground crew and equipment for sea lift to Corcisa, circa 13 July 1944. Photo by Haven Sanborn, Radio Mechanic, 523rd Fighter Squadron USAAF.
||Murray Sanborn for his father Haven Sanborn
||A protective balloon flies above an USS LST-988 as she approaches the shore of southern France in August, 1944.
Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection, Photo No. © IWM (A 25260)
||USS LST-988 entering the harbor at Valletta, Malta, date unknown.
US Navy photo.
||USS Mineral County (LST-988) is to the left on Pier 5 at Boston Naval Shipyard while USS Constellation (IX-20) sits moored in the dock of floating dry dock USS ARD-16 at Pier 6 of the Boston Naval Shipyard on 5 August 1955. The harbor tug Chegodega (YTB-542) is seen at right, with Wawasee (YTB-367) at left. (U.S. Navy photo, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10726)
||Stephen P. Carlson Preservation Specialist Boston NHP Charlestown Navy Yard Boston, MA
||USS Mineral County LST-988 under way, circa 1950s.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 84880. Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1976,.
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
USS Mineral County (LST-988)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LTjg. Craig, Charles Edward, USN||25 April 1944 - November 1945|
|02||LT. Sturges, Walter K., USNR||November 1944 - March 1945|
|03||LT. Burnett, Robert Charles, USNR||March 1945 - 24 November 1945|
|04||LTjg. Wintter, William A., USNR||24 November 1945 - 1946|
|05||LTjg. Mahoney, William M., USNR||1946|
|06||LT. Fidler, Harold Joseph, USN||1952|
|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 5 May 2017
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