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USS Steuben County (LST-1138)
USS LST-1138 (1945 - 1955)
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 - World War II Victory Medal
Second Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (5) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 6 January 1945, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
Launched, 5 April 1945
Commissioned USS LST-1138, 24 April 1945, LT. D. C. Smith, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-1138 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Thirty-Four, CAPT. H. H. Tiemroth;
LST Group One Hundred One;
LST Division Two Hundred Three
Following World War II USS LST-1138 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|20 September to 3 October 1945
|15 October to 19 November 1945
|25 November 1945 to 4 January 1946
During the Korean War USS LST-1138 participated in the following campaigns:
Korean War Campaigns
|Campaigns and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|North Korean Aggression
10 to 12 September 1950
28 September to 2 November 1950
|Second Korean Winter
17 December 1951 to 12 January 1952
20 March to 2 April 1952
|Communist China Aggression
3 November 1950 to 10 January 1951
|Korea, Summer-Fall 1953
18 to 19 June 1953
12 to 18 July 1953
22 to 23 July 1953
13 to 17 September 1950
Named USS Steuben County (LST-1138), 1 July 1955
Decommissioned and Struck from the Naval Register, 1 February 1961date unknown
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 11 August 1961, to Zidell Explorations, Inc., Portland, OR.
USS LST-1138 earned five battle stars for her Korean War service
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
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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||From left to right USS LST-550, USS LST-1090, USS LST-1024 and USS LST-1138 beached in the Philippines during the re-occupation period following the liberation of the Philippines.
||USS LST-1138 anchored at Wakayama, Japan, circa 20 September 1945. In the background is a group of LSMs which includes USS LSM-249.
Photo was taken from USS LST-649.
|Steve Mair for his father LTjg. Alexander C. Mair, USNR USS LST-649 Engineering Officer.
||USS LST-1138 at Chigasaki Beach, Chigasaki, Japan, 22 February 1952.
||Photo by Don Garner
||USS LST-1138 underway in 1959. Her anti aircraft battery of 20mm Oerlikon and director-controlled 40mm Bofors twin mounts, is representative of the defensive armament of LST's at the end of World War II.
US Navy photo from DANFS
||USS LST-1138 loading North Korean prisoners of war at Pung Nam Do, Korea, 1953.
||LST Home Port web site
||USS LST-1138 beached, circa 1960s, date unknown..
||USS LST-1138 underway off San Diego, 1954.
||LST Home Port web site
||USS LST-1138 beached, date and location unknown.
USS Steuben County (LST-1138)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Smith, D. C., USNR||24 April 1945 - December 1945|
|02||LT. Briscoe, Corwin P. B., USNR||December 1945 - March 1946|
|03||LTjg. Fick, Theodore Robert, USNR||March 1946 - ?|
|04||LT. Krantzman, Harry Morris, USN||no dates|
|05||LCDR. Simmons Jr., John Richard||July 1956 - August 1958|
|06||LCDR. Fenno, Eric Neil, USN (1949)||August 1958 - February 1960|
|07||LCDR. Miale, Robert Eugene, USN||February 1960 - 1 February 1961|
|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 17 February 2017
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