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USNS Wahkiakum County (T-LST-1162)
USS Wahkiakum County (LST-1162) (1955 - 1972)
USS LST-1162 (1953 - 1955)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Papa - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Thailand (16May62-10Aug-62) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba (24Oct62-31Dec62, 1-Dominican Republic (18Apr65-21Sep66)
LST-1156 Terrebonne Parish Class Landing Ship Tank:
Laid down, 21 July 1952, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS.
Launched, 23 January 1953
Commissioned USS LST-1162, 13 August 1953, LCDR. Isthmael W. Matthews in command
Named USS Wahkiakum County (LST-1162), 1 July 1955
Decommissioned, 16 October 1970
Transferred to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and placed in service as USNS Wahkiakum County (T-LST-1162), 10 April 1972
Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 11 November 1973
Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 29 July 1992, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, scrapping contract awarded, 22 June 2005, to ESCO Marine, Brownsville, TX., removed from the Suisun Bay National Defense Reserve Fleet, 24 August 2005 and subsequently scrapped
Displacement 2,590 t.(lt) 5,800 t.(fl)
Speed 14 kts.
ships company and staff officers 16
ships company enlisted 189
three twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
five single 20mm AA gun mounts
four General Motors 16-278A Diesel engines, 6000 shp
two controllable pitch propellers
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||PCU Wahkiakum County (LST-1162), newly completed, underway off her builder's yard, August 1953. Note the pair of kingposts and the crawler crane on deck. Unlike the late-war steam LSTs, she is armed only for self-defense, with three of the standard post-war twin 3"/50s plus twin 20mm guns. Her boats are an LCPL and three LCVPs.
US Navy photo from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
||USS Wahkiakum County (LST-1162) underway off Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA., date unknown.
||USS Wahkiakum County (LST-1162) underway, date and location unknown.
||Dan Richey EM3, USS Wahkiakum County 1966-67
USS Wahkiakum County (LST-1162)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. Matthews, Isthmael Worth||13 August 1953 - ?|
|02||LCDR. Manning, Fletcher Austin||1957 - ?|
|03||LCDR. Rogers Jr., Benjamin Carroll||1959 - ?|
|04||LCDR. Vines, Thomas Edward||1962 - ?|
|05||LCDR. Papio, Emil M.||1965 - ?|
|06||LCDR. Caruso, Ferdinand James||1968 - ?|
|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
LST Home Port
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 22 February 2013
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