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USS Montgomery County (LST-1041)
USS LST-1041 (1945 - 1955)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Alpha - Hotel
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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
USS Montgomery County (LST-1041) was transferred to Germany
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 12 November 1944, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, Pittsburgh, PA.
Launched, 20 January 1945
Ferried down the Mississippi River for fitting out and commissioning at New Orleans, LA.
Commissioned, 19 February 1945 as USS LST-1041, LT. Edward F. Becker USNR in command
During World War II USS LST-1041 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Thirty-Three, CAPT. C. A. Legg USN (24);
LST Group Ninety-Seven, CDR. H. B. McLean;
LST Division One Hundred Ninety-Three
Following World War II USS LST-1041 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 to 24 September 1945||
|3 November to 13 December 1945||3 November to 13 December 1945
Renamed USS Montgomery County (LST-1041), 1 July 1955
USS Montgomery County (LST-1041) was assigned to Occupation service in Europe from 16 September 1954 to 18 January 1955
Decommissioned, 18 February 1956
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs, FL.
Struck from Naval Register, 1 June 1960
Sold under the Military Assistance Program to the West German Federal Republic, August 1960
Final Disposition, scrapped 1968
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-1041 launching at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, Pittsburgh, PA., 20 January 1945.
||LT. Tom Parker, USN for his grandfather LT. Thomas Parker, Jr. CO USS LST-1041
||USS LST-1041 with
PT-628 deck loaded for transfer to the Soviet Union.
USS LST-1085 is moored astern of LST-1041, circa 1945, location unknown.
||Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||USS LSM-297 and USS LST-1041 beached while unloading equipment, date and place unknown.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LST-1041 landing Marines at Argentia, Newfoundland, date unknown.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine January 1949
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||USS LST-1041 moored at Little Creek Amphibious Base, Virginia, 1951
||USS LST-1041 and USS LST-664, beached, date and location unknown
||USS LST-1041 demonstrating the launching and set up of floating causeways from an LST, probably at NAB Little Creek, VA.
in the early 1950s. The large group of officers are probably from sister LSTs.
||Raymond Cvetovich, Ph.D.
USS Montgomery County (LST-1041)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Becker, Edward F, USNR||13 February 1945 - December 1945|
|02||LTjg. Parker Jr., Thomas, USNR||December 1945 - May 1946|
|03||LT. McGaughey, Malcolm Wayne, USN||May 1946 - ?|
|04||LT. Drago, Jack Verner, USN (USNA 1947)||~1955 - 18 February 1956|
|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 30 June 2017
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