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USS Potter County (LST-1086)
USS LST-1086 (1945 - 1955)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Oscar - Uniform
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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
USS Potter County (LST-1086) was transferred to Greece and rename HS Ikaria (L-154)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 5 December 1944, at American Bridge Co. Ambridge, PA.
Launched, 28 January 1945
Placed in reduced commission, 17 February 1945, LT. David J. Ward Jr., USNR in command
Fully commissioned USS LST-1086, 24 February 1945, at Naval Repair Base Algiers, LA.
During World War II USS LST-1086 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-1086 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following period:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|16 October 1945 to 26 March 1946||16 October 1945 to 26 March 1946
Decommissioned, 7 August 1946, at Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston, MA.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
Named USS Potter County (LST-1086), 1 July 1955
Transferred to Greece and renamed HS Ikaria (L-154)
Struck From the Naval Register, date unknown
Final Disposition, fate unknown
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
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-1086 at anchor, circa 1945-46, location unknown.
Courtesy of D.M. McPherson, 1976.
Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 84715, courtesy of D.M. McPherson, 1976.
US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 84715
| HS Ikaria (L-154)
||Ex-Potter County (LST-1086 in Greek naval service as HS Ikaria (L-154) beached while unloading tanks, date and location unknown.
||LST Home Port web site
||HS Ikaria (L-154) underway, date and location unknown.
Official Royal Hellenic Navy photo.
||HS Ikaria (L-154) underway with Sifnos (L-150) ex-LCT-677 loaded on her main deck, date and location unknown.
||HS Ikaria (L-154) underway, circa 1961, location unknown.
Official Royal Hellenic Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1961-62 edition.
||HS Ikaria (L-154) beached with bow doors open and ramp down on hard stand, circa 1970, location unknown.
Official Royal Hellenic Navy photo.
||Greek amphibious ships moored at the Salamis Naval Base, Greece, 31 August 1979.
From left to right:
Ex-USS LSM-399 - HS Ipopliarkhos Roussen (L-164)
Ex-USS LSM-45 - HS Ipopliarkhos Grigoropoulos (L-161)
Ex-USS LSM-102 - HS Ipopliarchos Toyrnas (L-162)
Ex-USS Potter County (LST-1086) - HS Ikaria (L-154)
Ex-USS Page County (LST-1076) - HS Kriti (L-171)
Ex-USS Boone County (LST-389) - HS Lesbos (L-172)
Ex-USS Bowman County (LST-391) - HS Rodos (L-157)
Ex-USS LST-325 - HS Syros (L-144)
Defense Imagery Photo # VIRIN: DN-SC-82-00333 by PHC C. Pedrick USN.
USS LST-1086 / USS Potter County (LST-1086)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Ward Jr., David J., USNR||17 February 1945 - 30 August 1945|
|02||LT. Williford Jr., Talmage Y., USNR||30 August 1945 - 11 January 1946|
|03||LTjg. Wallace, William A., USNR||11 January 1946 - 22 March 1946|
|04||LTjg. Zylla, Daniel P., USNR||22 March 1946 - 30 May 1946|
|05||LTjg. Morehead, Beachley Alfred, USNR||30 May 1946 - 7 August 1946|
|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 8 September 2017
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