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USS Nansemond County (LST-1064)
USS LST-1064 (1945 - 1955)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - India - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS Nansemond County (LST-1064) was transferred to Japan, renamed JDS Shiretoko (LST-4003), returned and transferred to the Philippines, renamed BRP Samar Del Norte (LT 510)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 9 January 1945, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 14 February 1945
  • Commissioned USS LST-1064, 12 March 1945, LT. Leland H. Austin USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-1064 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Three, CAPT. C. A. Legg USN (24);
    LST Group Ninety-Eight, LCDR. R. H. Menges USNR;
    LST Division One Hundred Ninety-Six
  • Following World War II USS LST-1064 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    1 to 25 October 1945
    18 November to 24 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 21 August 1946, at Astoria, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Named Nansemond County (LST-1064), 1 July 1955
  • Designated for disposal, 17 September 1959
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1959
  • Sold to Japan under the Military Assistance Program in April 1961
  • Commissioned into the Japanese Maritime Self-defense Force as JCS Shiretoko (LST-4003)
  • Reacquired from Japan in 1975
  • Transferred to the Philippines, 24 September 1976
  • Commissioned into the Philippines Navy as BRP Samar Del Norte (LT 510)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    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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    JDS Shiretoko (LST-4003)
    Nansemond County 30k Ex-USS Nansemond County (LST-1064) in Japanese service as JDS Shiretoko (LST-4003) underway, date and location unknown.
    Photos courtesy Japanese Maritime Defense Force.
    Robert Hurst
    Nansemond County 38k
    BRP Samar Del Norte(LT-510)
    Nansemond County 80k Ex-USS Nansemond County (LST-1064) in Philippine service as BRP Samar Del Norte (LST-510) dry docked at PNOC dockyard in Batangas, March 1987. Edison Sy
    Nansemond County 46k Naval Station Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, 20 June 1991. Ships present include the Philippines tank landing ship RPS Samar Del Norte (LT-510), (ex-Nansemond County (LST-1064)), forward of Samar Del Norte is the Philippines auxiliary fleet flagship RPS Andres Bonifacio (PS-7), (ex-USS Chincoteague (AVP-24)). Opposite Andres Bonifacto is the mast of a US Navy Perry class guided missile frigate. Beyond that is the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS Long Beach (CGN-9). When this photo was taken the Naval Base was still recovering from the damage done by the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in March 1991
    DNSN9402465 photo by PH3 Terry S Johnson.
    Joe Radigan

    USS LST-1064
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Austin, Leland H., USNR12 March 1945 - 23 November 1945
    02LT. Groom, Ralph Alan, USNR23 November 1945 - 14 February 1946
    03LTjg. Smith, C. V., USNR14 February 1946 - April 1946
    04LTjg. Newitt, Charles E. D., USNRApril 1946 - May 1946
    05ENS. Sayers, R. J., USNRMay 1946 - June 1946
    06ENS. Langston, J. O., USNRJune 1946 - 21 August 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    United States LST Association
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