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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 19453 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
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    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
    13 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
    Fuel Capacity
    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
    twin rudders

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    Montgomery County 307k 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
    Montgomery County 127k USS LST-1041 with PT-625, PT-626, PT-627 and 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.
    LSM-297 81k USS LSM-297 and USS LST-1041 beached while unloading equipment, date and place unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Montgomery County 86k USS LST-1041 landing Marines at Argentia, Newfoundland, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine January 1949
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Montgomery County 41k USS LST-1041 moored at Little Creek Amphibious Base, Virginia, 1951 Jim Hewson
    Montgomery County 71k USS LST-1041 and USS LST-664, beached, date and location unknown Tommy Trampp
    Montgomery County
    174k USS LST-1041 beached during amphibious exercises at NAB Little Creek, VA., in 1949. Steve Hatchett
    Montgomery County 225k 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.
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    Montgomery County 257k
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    Montgomery County 179k
    Montgomery County 183k
    Montgomery County
    151k USS Montgomery County (LST-1041) beached during an amphibious exercise circa 1950s, location unknown..
    NH 84882, Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 84682, courtesy of William H. Davis.
    Mike Smolinski

    USS Montgomery County (LST-1041)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Becker, Edward F, USNR13 February 1945 - December 1945
    02LTjg. Parker Jr., Thomas, USNRDecember 1945 - May 1946
    03LT. McGaughey, Malcolm Wayne, USNMay 1946 - ?
    04LT. 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

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