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USS Stone County (LST-1141)
USS LST-1141 (1945 - 1955)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Hotel - Charlie
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Vietnam, 5 March 1968)
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Korean Service Medal (4) - Vietnam Service Medal (5) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (5)
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal

USS Stone County (LST-1141) was transferred to Thailand and renamed HTMS Lanta (LST-4)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 22 January 1945, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 18 April 1945
  • Commissioned, USS LST-1141, 9 May 1945, LT. Edward M. Biggs, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-1141 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS LST-1141 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    6 to 22 October 19451 June to 3 September 1947
    19 August to 13 October 194621 to 28 November 1947
    13 to 22 February 194721 to 28 March 1948 to 19 April 1949
     8 to 12 February 1955

  • Decommissioned, 24 August, 1949, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Recommissioned, 3 November 1950, at San Diego
  • During the Korean War USS LST-1141 participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    4 to 5 September 1951
    21 September to 2 October 1951
    Third Korean Winter
    21 March to 19 April 1953
    Second Korean Winter
    11 to 12 January 1952
    Korea Summer-Fall 1953
    7 to 17 May 1953
    18 to 19 June 1953
    26 to 27 July 1953

  • Named USS Stone County (LST-1141), 1 July 1955
  • During the Vietnam War USS Stone County (LST-1141) served continuously in country and in contiguous waters, with the exception of overhaul periods, from late 1965 to late 1968 participating in the following campaigns. (Dates listed do not include underway transit times within the contiguous waters along the Vietnam coast as defined by the US Navy and so specified by the Vietnam Service Medal.)

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    7 to 24 September 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    25 April to 13 June 1966
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    10 to 22 June 1966
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    2 to July 1968
    9 August to 6 September 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    17 July to 26 September 1966
    20 to 30 October 1966

  • Decommissioned, May 1970 at Apra, Guam
  • USS Stone County earned four battle stars for Korean War service and five campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Transferred under lease to Thailand, 12 March 1970, renamed HTMS Lanta (LST-4)
  • Sold outright to Thailand under the Security Assistance Program, 15 August 1973
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1973
  • Hull number changed from LST-4 to LST-714, date unknown
  • Decommissioned by the Royal Thai Navy, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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 LST-1141
    LST-1141 50k USS LST-1141 underway near Pearl Harbor, T.H. following the end of World War II Tommy Trampp
    LST-1141 220k David Higgins, former teacher at Yenching University, with his wife and five month old daughter, among the evacuees on board USS LST-1141 at Tsingtao, 19 November 1948.
    US National Archives Photo # 80-G-390801 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    451k USS LST-1141 underway during the 1950s.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 104074
    Mike Smolinski
    LST-1141 55k USS LST-1141 departing San Diego, date unknown. Lloyd King
    LST-1141 215k USS LST-1141 beached on a ramp at Koje (Geoje) Island, South Korea in 1953.
    Photo by PFC Donald K. Grovon, US Army.
    Douglas Price
    USS Stone County (LST-1141)
    Thomaston 66k USS Stone County (LST-1141) and USS Thomaston (LSD-28) at anchor in Subic Bay, P.I. with other fleet units, circa 1957. Photo by Donald J. Wagner SM3, USN USS Gunston Hall
    361k USS Stone County (LST-1141) unloading ammunition and stores on a beach near Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam, 25 July 1966. USNS Chase County (T-LST-532) is also on the beach, at right.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # K-32530 by JO1 Ernest L. Filtz.
    Mike Smolinski
    LST-1141 54k USS Stone County (LST-1141) unloading at night at the Danang LST ramp, circa 1968. US Navy photo from Navy Support Facility Danang yearbook. Pete Harlem
    HTMS Lanta (LST-14) (LST-714)
    Stone County 202k HTMS Lanta (LST-714) (ex-USS Stone County (LST-1141) moored pierside along with HTMS Pangan (LST-713) (ex-USS Stark County (LST-1134)), moored outboard of Lanta, at the Royal Thai Navy Dock Yard Phachunlachomklao, 8 January 2005. Photo by Nye Nava
    Stone County 210k The decommissioned Thai Royal Navy LSTs HTMS Lanta (LST-714) (outboard) and HTMS Chang (LST-712) (ex-Lincoln County (LST-898)) moored pierside at the Royal Thai Navy Dock Yard Phachunlachomklao, 12 January 2008. Photo by Nye Nava
    Stone County 876k Ex-HTMS Lanta (LST-714) grounded next to Klong Jilad Pier in Krabi, Thailand. It appears the ship is being prepared as a historical site, 30 January 2012. Photo by Nicholas Cox

    USS LST-1141/ USS Stone County (LST-1141)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    History of USS Stone County (LST-1141) - Mobile Riverine Force Association
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Biggs, Edward M., USNR9 May 1945 - 26 December 1945
    02ENS. Stough, Robert B., USNR (acting)26 December 1945 - 16 January 1946
    03LTjg. Weintraub, Jerome I., USNR16 January 1946 - ?
     Decommissioned 24 August, 1949 - 3 November 1950
    04LT. Tuszynski, Raymond Stanley, USN (USNA 1952)1961 - 4 October 1961
    05LT. Walker, Peter Robert, USN (USNA 1953)4 October 1961 - 5 September 1963
    06LT. Beall, Thomas Joseph, USN5 September 1963 - 6 March 1965
    07LCDR. Story, Roy Keith, USN6 March 1965 - June 1967
    08LT. Derf, Tad Arlen, USNJune 1967 - 14 June 1969
    09LT. Davis Jr., Thomas Cahill, USN14 June 1969 - 1 August 1969
    10LT. McGoldrick, Henry Joseph, USN1 August 1969 - August 1969
    11LTjg. Giles, James Edward, USNRAugust 1969 - May 1970
    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
    Mobile Riverine Force Association
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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