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USNS Tioga County (T-LST-1158)
USS Tioga County (LST-1158) (1955 - 1972)
USS LST-1158 (1953 - 1955)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Papa - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (16FEB66) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Taiwan Straits (23AUG50 - 1JUN63)
Bottom Row - Vietnam Service Medal (3) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (3) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

LST-1156 Terrebonne Parish Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 16 June 1952, at Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME.
  • Launched, 11 April 1953
  • Commissioned USS LST-1158, 20 June 1953, LCDR. Charles R. Patton in command
  • Renamed USS Tioga County (LST-1158), 1 July 1955
  • During the Vietnam War USS Tioga County (LST-1158) served continuously in country and in contiguous waters, with the exception of overhaul periods, from early 1966 to late 1967 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
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    11 to 27 January 1966
    10 to 22 February 1966
    5 to 19 March 1966
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    2 to 21 June 1967
    22 July to 17 August 1967
    29 August to 9 September 1967
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    29 April to 4 May 1967

  • Decommissioned, 23 December 1970, at San Diego and berthed at San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Reactivated for service with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) in 1972 and placed in service as USNS Tioga County (T-LST-1158)
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1973
  • USS Tioga County earned three campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Laid up in the Maritime Administration National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration, 17 December 1992
  • Scrapping contract awarded to ESCO Marine, Brownsville, TX., 21 July 2005
  • Final Disposition, returned to Navy custody, removed from the National Defense Reserve Fleet Suisun Bay Group by towing, for scrapping, 17 August 2005 and subsequently scrapped.
    Displacement 2,590 t.(lt), 5,800 t.(fl)
    Length 384'
    Beam 55'
    Draft 17'
    Speed 14 kts.
    16 officers
    189 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    15 officers
    380 enlisted
    three LCVPs
    one LCPL
    three twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    five single 20mm AA gun mounts
    four General Motors 16-278A Diesel engines
    two controllable pitch propellers, 6,000shp

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    Tioga County 1709k USS LST-1158 underway, location unknown, circa 1954-55. Photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. Darryl Baker
    Tioga County 57k USS LST-1158 at anchor, date and location unknown, (Photo Courtesy Ted Stone). Robert Hurst
    Tioga County 29k USS Tioga County (LST-1158) underway, date and location unknown. © Richard Leonhardt
    Tioga County 70k USS Tioga County (LST-1158) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Lloyd King
    Tioga County 54k USS Tioga County (LST-1158) underway, date and location unknown. Darvin Hensley USN 1954-58 and Gerald R. McCotter
    LCU-1499 81k USS Tioga County (LST-1158) and LCU-1499 off loading equipment at San Clemente Island, CA.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine March 1962 issue.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Tioga County
    312k USS Tioga County (LST-1158) arriving at Pearl Harbor, Oahu, with her crew manning the rails, 30 April 1965.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # L45-283.04.01, by PH2 Richard E. Deck
    Mike Smolinski
    Tioga County 111k A Sea Sparrow missile is fired from USS Tioga County (LST-1158) at Point Mugu Missile Center. Tioga County served as the test bed for development of the Sea Sparrow missile during May and June 1958.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, September 1965.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Tioga County 81k USS Tioga County (LST-1158) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret
    Tioga County 17k USS Tioga County (LST-1158) plaque Tommy Trampp
    Tioga County 77k USS Tioga County (LST-1158) decal Wolfgang Hechler

    USS Tioga County (LST-1158)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Mobile Riverine Force Association, USS Tioga County History
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Patton, Charles R.20 June 1953 - 1954
    02LCDR. McCloskey, Albert Peter1954 - 15 February 1956
    03LCDR. Langford, Willis S.15 February 1956 - 10 January 1958
    04LCDR. Dornblaser, Stanley Peter10 January 1958 - 21 September 1959
    05LCDR. Franch, Ardwin Godfred21 September 1959 - 15 July 1961
    06LCDR. Cheek, Glen Reid15 July 1961 - 18 July 1963
    07LCDR. Vogel, Oscar John18 July 1963 - 22 May 1965
    08LCDR. Ekman, Roger Edgar 22 May 1965 - 20 May 1967
    09CDR. Smith, Charles Lewis, USN20 May 1967 - 1969
    10CDR. Woody, Melvin Reuben 1969 - 23 December 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
    Postal Covers related to the ship
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