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

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Hotel - Charlie
NKHC
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. E. 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 participated in the following campaigns:
    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
  • 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
  • USS Stone County received four battle stars for Korean War service and five campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    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)
    Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    7 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
    Propulsion two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders

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    LST-1141 122k USS LST-1141 underway during the 1950s.
    US Navy photo # NH 104074 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    LST-1141 55k USS Stone County (LST-1141) departing San Diego, date unknown. Lloyd King
    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
    LST-1141 96k USS Stone County (LST-1141) unloading ammunition and stores on a beach near Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam, 25 July 1966. Another LST is also on the beach, at right.
    US Navy photo # K-32530 by JO1 Ernest L. Filtz.
    US Naval Historical Center
    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)
    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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