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USS Summit County (LST-1146)
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USS LST-1146 (1945 - 1955)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Hotel - Juliet
NKHJ
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
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (1) - Vietnam Service Medal (3) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (5)
Forth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal



USS Summit County (LST-1146) was transferred to Ecuador and renamed Hualcopo (T-55)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 10 February 1945, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 11 May 1945
  • Commissioned, USS LST-1146, 30 May 1945, LT. Warren A. Cushing, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-1146 was assigned to th Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS LST-1146 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 27 October to 20 November 1945
  • During the Korean War USS LST-1146 participated in the following campaign:
    Korean War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Second Korean Winter
    28 and 29 December 1951 and 20 to 26 March 1952

  • Named USS Summit County (LST-1146), 1 July 1955
  • During the Vietnam War USS Summit County (LST-1146) participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    24 January to 21 March 1966
    26 March to 30 June 1966
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    14 November to 19 December 1967
    14 January to 7 March 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    1 to 24 July 1966
     

  • Decommissioned in late 1969, at San Diego, CA.
  • Transferred to MARAD in December 1969 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1976
  • Sold under terms of the Security Assistance Program, to Ecuador, 14 February 1977, renamed Hualcopo (T-55), subsequently renumbered (T-61) and again to (TR-61)
  • Present Disposition, although she suffered an on-board fire in 1998, as of May 1999, she was still on active duty as a coastal transport
  • USS Summit County (LST-1146) received one battle star for Korean War service and as three 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 propeller shafts
    twin rudders

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    USS LST-1146
    LST-1146 112k USS LST-1146 and USS Burton Island (AG-88) underway in Arctic waters during "Exercise Barex-48 in early 1948.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, November 1948.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    LST-1146 46k A Marine guides a tank out of USS LST-1146's tank deck onto the beach at Inchon, Korea. Photo dated 01 APR 1952, Photo by Sgt. Angelo R. Caramico USMC
    USMC photo # HMSN 980684
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    LST-1146 54k USS LST-1146 underway in Arctic waters during a 280 mile endurance test.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, April 1955.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    LST-1146 51k USS LST-1146 beached at Barter Island, Alaska, date unknown. Dan Guinn, USS LST-1110.org, courtesy the H.A. Taylor Collection
    LST-1146 534k USS LST-1146 beached, date and location unknown.
    Photo by Ronald Roy SMC USN Ret.
    Scott Nelson for his grandfather Ronald Roy SMC USN Ret.
    LST-1146 495k USS LST-1146 moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    Photo by Ronald Roy SMC USN Ret.
    Scott Nelson for his grandfather Ronald Roy SMC USN Ret.
    LST-1146 452k USS LST-1146 beached, date and location unknown.
    Photo by Ronald Roy SMC USN Ret.
    Scott Nelson for his grandfather Ronald Roy SMC USN Ret.
    USS Summit County (LST-1146)
    Westchester County 259k USS Jerome County (LST-848), USS Summit County (LST-1146) and , USS St. Clair County (LST-1096) beached at Chu Lai, South Vietnam, circa 1966. Photo by Rich Krebs USS USS Washoe County (LST-1165)
    Westchester County 184k USS Jerome County (LST-848), USS Summit County (LST-1146) and USS St. Clair County (LST-1096) beached at Chu Lai, South Vietnam, circa 1966. Photo by Rich Krebs USS USS Washoe County (LST-1165)

    USS Summit County (LST-1146)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Gushing, Warren A. USNR30 May 1945 - ?
    04LT. Hunt, Harry Emmett1957
    05LT. Roepke, John RoyJuly 1959 - July 1961
    07LCDR. Brisbois, Marshall, Bartlett1963 - 1965
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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