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USS San Bernardino County (LST-1110)
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USS LST-1110 (1945 - 1955)


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


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal



USS San Bernardino (LST-1110) was transferred to the Republic of China and renamed Chung Chiang (LST-225)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 28 December 1944 at Mission Valley Bridge and Iron Co. Evansville IN.
  • Launched, 6 February 1945
  • Commissioned USS LST-1110, 7 March 1945, LT. Alton S. Lee, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-1110 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-Four and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 to 28 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-1110 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    22 September to 1 November 1945
    14 November to 2 December 1945

  • Named USS San Bernardino County (LST-1110), 1 July 1955
  • Decommissioned, 15 August 1958
  • Transferred to the Republic of China, 16 August 1958, renamed RPS Chung Chiang (LST-225)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 6 February 1959
  • Final Disposition RPS Chung Chiang was discarded by the Republic of China in 1993, fate unknown
  • USS LST-1110 received one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    Draft
    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
    Complement
    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
    Propulsion
    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 LST-1110
    San Bernardino County 40k USS LST-1110 nested with four unidentified LSTs, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy David Lee from collection
    of Alton S. Lee
    Jim Anderson
    LST-1110 Home Port
    San Bernardino County 51k USS LST-1110 at anchor, date and location unknown.
    © US Naval Institute photo
    Jim Anderson
    LST-1110 Home Port
    San Bernardino County 42k USS LST-1110 beached at Guadalcanal, date unknown.
    Photo courtesy Marge Tekstar
    Jim Anderson
    LST-1110 Home Port
    San Bernardino County 31k USS LST-1110 underway, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy Thomas R. Lonnberg,
    Curator of History, Evansville Museum
    Jim Anderson
    LST-1110 Home Port
    San Bernardino County 67k USS LST-1110 underway, date and location unknown.
    © US Naval Institute photo
    Jim Anderson
    LST-1110 Home Port
    San Bernardino County 45k USS LST-1110 beached in the Hawaiian Islands, date unknown. .
    San Bernardino County 67k USS LST-1110 at West Kukum Beach, Guadalcanal, 18 August 1945. This photograph, originally black and white, was color-tinted prior to its donation to the Naval Historical Center. Donated by James C. Anderson, December 1999.
    US Navy photo # NH 97212-KN
    US Naval Historical Center
    San Bernardino County 93k USS LST-1110 photographed during the later 1940s or early 1950s, probably in San Diego harbor. This image was received by the Naval Photographic Center, December 1959.
    US Navy photo # 97213, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    San Bernardino County 79k USS LST-1110 participating in Operation "Miki" landing operations on Pokai Beach, Waianae, Oahu, 25-26 October 1949. Officers are watching from a picnic table command post as USS LST-1110 lands forces over a causeway. USS LST-1123 is standing by to the left. Photographed by Ted Huggins, October 1949
    US Navy photo # NH 70247, from the collection of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    San Bernardino County 40k USS LST-1110) unloading over the beach at Barter Island, Alaska, date unknown. Dan Guinn, USSLST-1110.org web site courtesy the H.A. Taylor Collection
    USS San Bernardino County (LST-1110)
    San Bernardino County 111k USS San Bernardino County (LST-1110) underway in a consolidated ice belt, northeast of Point Barrow, Alaska, during "DEW" Line support operations, 11 September 1955.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-685926, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    San Bernardino County 103k USS San Bernardino County (LST-1110) battles heavy ice as she waits for help from US Coast Guard icebreaker USCGC Bittersweet (WAGL-389, during "DEW" Line support operations, 11 September 1955.
    US Navy photo from "All Hand" magazine, June 1956.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    San Bernardino County 111k USS San Bernardino County (LST-1110) underway during "DEW" Line support operations, September 1955. USCGC Bittersweet (WAGL-389 is doing the icebreaking. Photo by LTjg. Ernest Fuller USCGC Bittersweet. David Fuller for his father, LTjg. Ernest Fuller USCGC Bittersweet.
    San Bernardino County 60k USS San Bernardino County (LST-1110) follows USCGC Bittersweet (WAGL-389 through the ice off Point Barrow, Alaska, to supply one of the radar stations of the DEW (Distant Early Warning) Line, 1955. Note the large concrete block suspended from Bittersweets buoy boom. Before the days of ballast-shifting tanks, icebreaking buoy tenders, such as Bittersweet, would suspend a weight from the boom and shift it from side to side to 'rock' the ship free if it became beset in ice.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-709519. a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    San Bernardino County 104k USS Harris County (LST-822), and USS San Bernardino County (LST-1110) unloading over the beach at Point Barrow, Alaska, during "DEW" Line support operations, 16 September 1955.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-685966 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS San Bernardino (LST-1110)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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