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USS Washtenaw County (MSS-2)
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USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166) (1955 - 1973)
USS LST-1166 (1953 - 1955)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Lima - Xray
NFLX
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (14MAR68) - Presidential Unit Citation (2) - Navy Unit Commendation (2)
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (4) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (5-Quemoy-Matsu, 1-Laos, 9-Vietnam
Third Row - Vietnam Service Medal (15) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (15) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


LST-1156 Terrebonne Parish Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 29 November 1951, at Christy Shipbuilding Corp., Sturgeon Bay, WI.
  • Launched, 22 November 1952
  • Commissioned USS LST-1166, 29 October 1953, at Naval Station, New Orleans, LA., LCDR. Mack D. Ellis in command
  • Named USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166), 1 July 1955
  • During the Vietnam War USS Washtenaw County participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    7 to 14 July 1965
    14 to 18 August 1965
    3 to 12 September 1965
    12 to 22 November 1965
    24 November to 6 December 1965
    Tet 69/ Counteroffensive
    23 to 27 February 1969
    Vietnam Counteroffensive
    4 to 10 January 1966
    21 to 25 June 1966
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    2 to 23 September 1969
    17 to 22 October 1969
    Vietnam Counteroffensive-Phase II
    10 to 21 July 1966
    27 July to 3 August 1966
    11 to 15 August 1966
    4 tot 9 September 1966
    25 to 30 October 1966
    4 to 7 November 1966
    31 December 1966 to 21 January 1967
    4 to 20 April 1967
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    22 to 24 November 1969
    24 February to 1 March 1970
    Vietnam Counteroffensive-Phase III
    9 to 11 and 23 to 18 July 1967
    3 to 14 and 25 to 31 October 1967
    12 November to 8 December 1967
    15 to 29 January 1968
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    20 to 24 May 1970
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 29 March 1968
    Vietnam Counteroffensive-Phase VII
    7 to 10 September 1970
    21 February to 10 April 1971
    Vietnam Counteroffensive-Phase IV
    15 to 30 June 1968
    Consolidation I
    1 August 1971
    19 October to 30 November 1971
    Vietnam Counteroffensive-Phase V
    24 October to 1 November 1968
    Consolidation II
    1 to 5 December 1971
    Vietnam Counteroffensive-Phase VI
    2 November to 5 December 1968
    1 to 22 February 1969
     

  • Converted to a Special Minesweeper Ship and redesignated USS Washtenaw (MSS-2), 9 February 1973
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 30 August 1973
  • Merchant Service
    Sold in 1973 to an unknown company, renamed MV Al Manhal 1
    Resold in 1980 to Cooperative de Transportadores Centroamericanos R.L., Panama, converted to a ro-ro vessel (384 x 55 x17 x 2319 gross - 806 net) and renamed MV El Centroamericano
    Arrived in tow at Portland, OR, in October 1980, with mechanical troubles. Still there on January 19, 1984, when engine room flooded
    Sold to J.A. Leites & Associates, Inc., Portland, OR.
    Was undergoing restoration at Astoria, OR., by volunteers of the Amphibious Forces Memorial Museum/LST 1166 Partners, when completed she will be the center piece of their museum
  • Current Disposition, appears to be abandoned on the Columbia River, fate undetermined
  • USS Washtenaw County earned two Presidential Unit Citations, two Navy Unit Commendations, four Meritorious Unit Commendations, and 15 campaign stars for Vietnam 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
    15 officers
    380 enlisted
    Boats
    three LCVP
    one LCPL
    Armament
    three twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    five single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion
    four GM 16-278A Diesel engines, 6000shp
    two controllable pitch propellers

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    USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166)
    Washtenaw County 70k USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166) (foreground) and USS Washoe County (LST-1165) (background) beached at Pohang, South Korea during Operation "Seven Seas", circa late July-early August 1962. Photo by Dan Liker. Dennis A. Steenbergen EN3 USS Washoe County 1966-1968, Courtesy Dan Liker
    Washtenaw County 121k USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166) beached at Pohang, South Korea during Operation "Seven Seas", circa late July-early August 1962. Photo by PFC Dan Liker, A-Troop, 2nd Recon Squadron, 10th Cavalry, 7th Infantry Division
    Washtenaw County 43k USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166) and USS Westchester County (LST-1167) at Naha, Okinawa in 1962, preparing to load for duty in the Republic of the Philippines. Gary Ottmar
    Washtenaw County 82k USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166) offloading vehicles onto a pontoon causeway, off Chu Lai, South Vietnam, circa May-June 1965. The original print, dated 24 June 1965, featured the following Master Caption: "Marine Corps F-4 Phantoms and A-4 Skyhawks began flying air strikes against North Vietnam June 1 from an 8000 foot long aluminum air strip at Chu Lai, South Vietnam. Construction on the new air base, located on Dangquat Bay, about 60 miles south east of Da Nang, began May 8 after some 6000 Marines and Seabees made an amphibious landing from U.S. Navy ships. The air field, scheduled to be fully completed the last of June, is being built from inter locking aluminum and steel mats.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 103691.
    Robert Hurst
    Washtenaw County 57k USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166) at Subic Bay, 27 June 1966 © Richard Leonhardt
    Washtenaw County 194k USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166) and USS Washoe County (LST-1165) moored at Naha, Okinawa, circa 1966. Photo by Rich Krebs USS USS Washoe County (LST-1165)
    Washtenaw County 64k USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166) supporting US and South Vietnamese combat troops moving ashore during "Operation Deckhouse V" in the Mekong Delta, circa 6 to 15 January 1967. Two US Marine Corps amphibious tractors are moving along the beach in the foreground, with a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter approaching at right.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 103692.
    Robert Hurst
    Washtenaw County 91k USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166) supporting US and South Vietnamese combat operations during "Operation Deckhouse V" in the Mekong Delta, circa 6 to 15 January 1967. Note the US Marine Corps. Sikorsky UH-34D Seahorse helicopters from USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) approaching the beachhead.
    US Navy photo # USN 1142248 by JOC R.D. Moeser.
    Robert Hurst
    Washtenaw County 255k USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, March 1968
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Washtenaw County 47k USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, October 1968
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Washtenaw County 60k USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166) in the Mekong Delta, circa 1968. Robert Coombs
    Brown Water LST Web Site
    Washtenaw County
    K-78101
    165k USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166) moored in Subic Bay, Philippines, 4 October 1969.
    US Navy photo #'s K-78101 and K-78102 from the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Robert Hurst
    Washtenaw County
    K-78102
    118k
    Washtenaw County 51k USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166) at anchor in South Vietnamese waters, date unknown.
    Photo courtesy Rick Bennett
    Paulo Soukup
    Washtenaw County 19k USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166), alongside USS Pitkin County (LST-1082) © Jim Stack
    Washoe County 179k From left to right; USS Washoe County (LST-1165), USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166) and USS Windham County (LST-1170) moored at Naval Station Yokosuka, Japan, January 1970. Bob Morrison EN2 USS Washoe County
    Washtenaw County 52k USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166) off the coast of South Vietnam, circa 1971. Photo by James Godesky USS Washtenaw County
    Washtenaw County 36k USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166), date and location unknown. Robert Coombs
    Brown Water LST Web Site
    Washtenaw County 32k Damage to USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166) as a result of collision with SS Kota Selatan, Hong Kong, 1970 Sources, South China Morning Post & Greg Pierceall
    Contributed by Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Washtenaw County 25k Damage to USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166) as a result of collision with SS Kota Selatan, Hong Kong, 1970 Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Washtenaw County 51k Damage to USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166) as a result of collision with SS Kota Selatan, Hong Kong, 1970 Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    USS Washtenaw County (MSS-2)
    Washtenaw County 60k USS Washtenaw County (MSS-2) underway in Haiphong harbor, North Vietnam in June 1973. By running the channel to Haiphong Washtenaw County verified that all US mines in the shipping channel to Haiphong had been cleared.
    US Navy photo # NH 103693 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Washtenaw County 60k USS Washtenaw County (MSS-2) underway in Haiphong harbor, North Vietnam in June 1973. By running the channel to Haiphong Washtenaw County verified that all US mines in the shipping channel to Haiphong had been cleared.
    US Navy photo # NH 711573 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Ex-USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166)
    Washtenaw County 32k Ex-USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166) at Portland, Oregon, 1998 Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Washtenaw County 72k Ex-USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166) undergoing restoration at Astoria, OR., 2005 Erik Martin, Webmaster, Amphibious Forces Memorial Museum
    Washtenaw County 79k An AP Wirephoto of Ex-USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166) moored along the Columbia River near St. Helens, Oregon in June, 2012. The ship is a 'vessel of concern' as State of Washington and State of Oregon officials are worried that the ship could leak or sink. This could lead to the possibility of oil or other wastes leaking into and polluting the river. Mike Green


    For more photos and information about LSTs and USS Washtenaw County see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • The USS LST Ship Memorial
  • Brown Water LST
  • Amphibious Forces Memorial Museum
  • LST Home Port
  • State LST Chapters
  • United States LST Association

  • Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Ellis, Mack Donald29 October 1953 - 7 July 1955
    02LCDR. Harvey, Alan B.7 July 1955 - 14 June 1957
    03LCDR. Dimes Jr., Joe14 June 1957 - 15 January 1958
    04LCDR. Lassiter Jr., A. C.15 January 1958 - 1958
    05LCDR. Fox Jr., Francis M.1958 - July 1960
    06LCDR. Ellis, Edmund HenryJuly 1960 - 12 September 1962
    07LCDR. Wolford, Richard Stephen12 September 1962 - May 1964
    08LCDR. Woodyard, Jon CharlesMay 1964 - 20 April 1966
    09LCDR. Dillon, Alfred John20 April 1966 - 7 April 1968
    10LCDR. Burpo, James Harvey7 April 1968 - 24 June 1969
    11LCDR. Smallwood, Roger Clinton24 June 1969 - 12 August 1970
    12LCDR. Clark, Frank Elwood12 August 1970 - 7 September 1972
    13LCDR. Kunz, James Charles7 September 1972 - 30 August 1973
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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