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USNS Nye County (T-LST-1067)
USS Nye County (LST-1067) (1945 - 1967)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (09JUL66) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3-Dominican Republic) - Vietnam Service Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (3) - Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Personnel Awards

Purple Hearts: (1 KIA - SA James R. Willeford, 22NOV66)

USS Nye County (LST-1067) was transferred to Chile and renamed BACH Comandante Araya (LST-89)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 24 January 1945, at Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 27 February 1945
  • Commissioned, USS LST-1067, 24 March 1945, LT. Paul H. White USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-1066 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-Eight
  • Following World War II USS LST-1067 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 28 October to 9 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 13 August 1946, at Portland, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Named USS Nye County (LST-1067), 1 July 1955
  • Recommissioned in reserve, 22 May 1963, assigned to Reserve LST Squadron 2 at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, VA. Placed in full commission, 21 December 1965
  • During the Vietnam War USS Nye County (LST-1067) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Counteroffensive
    3 to 11 May 1966
    10 to 18 June 1966
    25 to 30 June 1966
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase II
    1 to 11 July 1966
    18 to 25-July 1966
    5 to 9 August 1966
    16 to 24 August 1966
    1 to 7 September 1966
    15 to 22 September 1966
    24 October 1966 to 4 February 1967
  • Decommissioned, 27 March 1967
  • Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) and place in service as USNS Nye County (T-LST-1067), Korean manned
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 10 June 1973
  • Sold to Chile, 1 August 1973, renamed, BACH Comandante Araya (LST 89)
  • Out of Chilean service, 14 December 1981
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 29 March 1982
  • USS Nye County earned two campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    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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    USS Nye County (LST-1067)
    Nye County 51k USS Nye County (LST-1067) underway in Chesapeake Bay, 24 July 1964 © Richard Leonhardt
    Nye County 368k USS Nye County (LST-1067) underway off Norfolk, VA., circa 1966. Photo courtesy, LT Royse, CO USS Nye County.
    US Navy photo by PHAN Robert J. Mackel.
    Robert Hurst
    USNS Nye County (T-LST-1067)
    Nye County 143k USNS Nye County (T-LST-1067) moored at Danang, South Vietnam, circa late 1968-1968. Bob Spear USMC

    USS LST-1067 / USS Nye County (LST-1067)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01 LT. White, Paul H., USNR24 March 1945 - 7 September 1945
    02 LTjg. Murtha, John Stephen, USNR7 September 1945 - 7 March 1946
    03 LTjg. Wilbur, Douglas P., USNR7 March 1946 - 9 May 1946
    04 ENS. Burrier, Donald Ross, USNR9 May 1946 - 13 August 1946
     Decommissioned13 August 1946 - 22 May 1963
    05 LT. Lakin, Bill, 22 May 1963 - 1964
    06 LT. Royse, no dates
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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