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USS Tom Green County (LST-1159)


International Radio Call Sign:
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (5) - Navy Unit Commendation (2)
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (3) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Third Row - Vietnam Service Medal (12) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Personnel Awards

Purple Heart: (3 KIA - FN Stephen C. Sharp, 29NOV68; CSSN Raymond J. Krekelberg, 21JAN69; CS2 Ray L. Sharp, Ridgeway, 21 JAN69)

USS Tom Green County (LST-1159) was transferred to Spain, renamed Conde del Venadito (L-13)
LST-1156 Terrebonne Parish Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 2 September 1952, at Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME.
  • Launched, 2 July 1953
  • Commissioned USS LST-1159, 12 September 1953, LCDR. Stephen J. Nemeth in command
  • Named USS Tom Green County (LST-1159), 1 July 1955
  • During the Vietnam War USS Tom Green County participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    6 to 15 July 1965
    13 to 19 August 1965
    3 to 11 September 1965
    31 October to 14 November 1965
    26-November to 14 December 1965
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 April to 7 June 1968
    Vietnam Counteroffensive
    15 January to 21 February 1966
    24 to 27 April 1966
    3 to 9 and 15 to 26 May 1966
    23 to 27 June 1966
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase V
    25 August to 3 September 1968
    17 to 18 September 1968
    27 September to 17 October 1968
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase II
    22 to 25 August 1966
    23 to 30 September 1966
    8 to 13 October 1966
    11 November to 5 December 1966
    11 to 23 January 1967
    7 to 12 March 1967
    16 to 28 May 1967
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    16 December 1968 to 25 January 1969
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase III
    9 June to 10 July 1967
    Vietnam Summer-Fall
    1 July to 19 August 1969
    Tet Counteroffensive
    21 to 28 February 1968
    22 March to April `968
    Winter-Spring
    3 to 7 and 16 November 1969

  • Decommissioned, 5 January 1972, at San Diego CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1976
  • Transferred, (sold), 1 May 1978, to Spain under terms of the Security Assistance Program, renamed Conde del Venadito (L-13) (named after a distinguished Spanish naval officer of the 18th-19th Century, later viceroy of Mexico)
  • Struck from the Spanish Naval list in 1990
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Tom Green County (LST 1159) earned twelve campaign stars (only ten are documented) for Vietnam War service
    Specifications
    Displacement
    2,590 t (lt)
    5,800 t.(fl)
    Length 384'
    Beam 55'
    Draft 17'
    Speed 14 kts
    Complement
    Ships company and staff officers 16
    Ships company enlisted 189
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 380
    Boats
    three LCVPs
    one LCPL
    Armament
    three twin 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    five single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion
    four GM 16-278A Diesel engines
    two controllable pitch propellers, 6,000shp

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    Tom Green County 38k Launching of LST-1159 at Bath Iron Works, Bath ME., 2 July 1955. The design of this LST class is a modification of two experimental ships constructed in the latter part of WWII Ed Lange LST-1159 Web Site
    Tom Green County 20k USS LST-1159 on the Kennebeck River ME., circa September 1953 Ed Lange LST-1159 Web Site
    Tom Green County 34k USS LST-1159 at sea, circa September 1953 Ed Lange LST-1159 Web Site
    USS Tom Green County (LST-1159)
    Tom Green County 29k USS Tom Green County (LST-1159) and USS Westchester County (LST-1167), circa May 1960-December 1962, Hong Kong. Courtesy Jim Harp
    via Ed Lange
    LST-1159 Web Site
    Tom Green County 24k USS Tom Green County (LST-1159), date and location unknown LST Home Port
    Tom Green County 72k USS Tom Green County (LST-1159) underway with a tug alongside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Habds" magazine, September 1970.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Tom Green County 120k USS Tom Green County (LST-1159) underway in 1965, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Tom Green County 44k USS Tom Green County (LST-1159) on the Mekong River, South Vietnam, circa 1968 Tom Sparkman
    Tom Green County 45k USS Tom Green County (LST-1159) on the Mekong River, South Vietnam, circa 1968 Courtesy Jim Harp
    via Ed Lange LST-1159 Web Site
    Tom Green County 123k USS Tom Green County (LST-1159), date and location unknown. From the collection of
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Conde del Venadito (L-13)
    Harlan County 20k
    Namesake

    Conde del Venadito - Juan José Ruiz de Apodaca y Eliza Gastón de Iriarte López de Letona y Lasquetti. Born in Cádiz, 3 February 1754. Died in Madrid, 11 January 1835. Spanish nobleman, politician and sailor. 1st Count of the Venadito. 48th and penultimate viceroy of New Spain (20 September 1816-1820). Third Superior Political Chief of New Spain (1820-5 July 1821), and 16th Commandant General of the Spanish Royal Navy.
    Painting housed in the Naval Museum, Madrid.
    Fabio Peña
    Tom Green County 44k Ex-USS Tom Green County (LST-1159) in Spanish naval service as Conde del Venadito (L-13) at Barcelona, Spain, 26 March 1983 Photo by Fabio Peña
    Tom Green County 76k Conde del Venadito (L-13) at Barcelona, Spain, 26 March 1983 Photo by Fabio Peña
    Tom Green County 69k Conde del Venadito (L-13) at Barcelona, Spain, 26 March 1983 Photo by Fabio Peña
    Tom Green County 66k Conde del Venadito (L-13), Mahon, Spain, 17 February 1988. Photo by
    Ignacio Lopez ex member Armada Espanola
    Tom Green County 64k Conde del Venadito (L-13) Castellamare, Sardinia, during Exercise Sardinia-87 Photo by
    Ignacio Lopez ex member Armada Espanola
    Tom Green County 75k Conde del Venadito (L-13) off Valencia, Spain, June 1986 Photo by
    Ignacio Lopez ex member Armada Espanola

    USS Tom Green County (LST-1159) Commissioning Photos
    USS Tom Green County (LST-1159)
    DANFS history entry located on the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Nemeth, Stephen John12 September 1953 - ?
    02LCDR. Stephan, Charles Russellno dates
    03LCDR. Schweinefuss, Ralph Joseph1956 - November1957
    04LCDR. Itte, Charles Marius1959
    05LCDR. Casper, William Frederick1960 - 1962
    06CDR. Troutman Jr., Burl Abraham30 August 1964 - 8 July 1966
    07LCDR. Dally, David Ferrall8 July 1966 - April 1968
    08LCDR. Riedemann Jr., Walter Joseph (Mick)April 1968 - July 1970
    09LCDR. Delpercio Jr., Michael N.July 1970 - 5 January 1972
    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
    USS Tom Green County (LST-1159) Commissioning Photos
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    USS Tom Green County LST-1159
    Mobile Riverine Force Association
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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