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USS Westchester County (LST-1167)
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USS LST-1167 (1954 - 1955)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Bravo - India
NCBI
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (2-Vietnam 9SEP66, 11DEC67. 1NOV68) - Navy Unit Commendation (3)
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Taiwan Straits, 1-Quemoy-Matsu, 6-Vietnam)
Third Row - Vietnam Service Medal (14) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (27) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Personnel Awards

Silver Star - HM1 John Sullivan, 1 Nov 68; Bronze Star - LCDR John Branin, 1 Nov 68; 23 KIA (names) and 27 WIA

USS Westchester County (LST-1167) was transferred to Turkey and renamed TCG Serdar (L-402)

LST-1156 Terrebonne Parish Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 11 January 1952, at Christy Corp., Sturgeon Bay, WI.
  • Launched, 18 April 1953
  • Commissioned USS LST-1167, 10 March 1954, LCDR. Leamond F. Lacy in command
  • Named USS Westchester County (LST-1167), 1 July 1955
  • During the Vietnam War USS Westchester County participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Defense Campaign
    6 to 10 July 1965
    13 to 17 August 1965
    31 October to 8 December 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    2 to 17 November 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    4 to 8 January 1966
    18 January to 2 February 1966
    6 to 10 March 1966
    20 to 25 March 1966
    25 May to 3 June 1966
    9 to 16 June 1966
    25 to 30 June 1966
    Tet 69/Counteroffensive
    20 March to 12 May 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    15 to 18 July 1966
    27 August to 9 October 1966
    1 to 28 February 1967
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    12 to 14 July 1969
    25 to 27 July 1969
    10 to 15 August 1969
    5 to 9 October 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    22 August to 2 September 1967
    11 to 16 September 1967
    21 October 1967 to 24 January 1968
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    3 to 7 November 1969
    7 to 15 December 1969
    29 December to 9 January 1970
    18 to 21 February 1970
    Tet Counteroffensive
    14 to 20 March 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    30 July to 12 October 1970
    3 February to 8 March 1971
    19 to 30 June 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    29 April to 18 May 1968
    1 to 25 June 1968
    Consolidation I
    1 July to 2 August 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    20 September to 1 November 1968
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    1 April to 1 May 1972
    7 to 10 May 1972
    20 to 26 July 1972
    3 to 10 August 1972
    29 August to 4 September 1972

  • Decommissioned, 30 November 1973, assigned to Inactive Ship Facility, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA.
  • Transferred to Turkey, 27 August 1974
  • Renamed TCG Serdar (L-402)
  • Decommissioned by the Turkish Navy, in 2005
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Westchester County received three Navy Unit Commendations, two Meritorious Unit Commendations, and fourteen campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications
    Displacement 2,590 t.(lt) , 5,800 t.(fl)
    Length 384'
    Beam 56' 6"
    Draft 17'
    Speed 14.5 kts.
    Complement 153
    Troop Accommodations
    15 officers
    380 enlisted
    Boats
    3 LCVPs
    1 LCPL
    Armament
    three twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    five single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion four General Motors 16-278A diesel engines, 6000shp, two controllable pitch propellers
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    USS Westchester County (LST-1167)
    Westchester County 31k USS Westchester County (LST-1167) underway, circa 1960, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    USS Westchester (LST-1167) Association
    Westchester County 108k USS Westchester County (LST-1167) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, December 1966.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Westchester County 51k USS Westchester County (LST-1167) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
     
    Washtenaw County 43k USS Westchester County (LST-1167) at right and USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166) left, at Naha, Okinawa in 1962, preparing to load for duty in the Republic of the Philippines. Gary Ottmar
    Tom Green County 29k USS Westchester County (LST-1167) and USS Tom Green County (LST-1159), circa May 1960-December 1962, Hong Kong. Courtesy Jim Harp
    via Ed Lange
    LST-1159 Web Site
    Westchester County 18k USS Westchester County (LST-1167) and USS Tom Green County (LST-1159), circa May 1960-December 1962, Hong Kong. Courtesy Jim Harp
    via Ed Lange
    LST-1159 Web Site
    Westchester County 88k USS Westchester County (LST-1167) and Marine LVT8's, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, March 1966.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Westchester County 197k USS Westchester County (LST-1167) and unidentified LST in MSC service moored at Naha, Okinawa, circa 1966. Rich Krebs USS USS Washoe County (LST-1165)
    Westchester County 182k USS Westchester County (LST-1167) and unidentified LST in MSC service moored at Naha, Okinawa, circa 1966. Rich Krebs USS USS Washoe County (LST-1165)
    LST-819 149k USS Westchester County (LST-1167) and USS Hampshire County (LST-819 moored pierside at Naval Base Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippine, 1971 Richard Albright
    Westchester County 233k USS Westchester County (LST-1167) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, September 1973.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Westchester County 731k USS Westchester County (LST-1167) and USS Decatur (DDG-31) underway in the summer of 1973. Note the MagTail reels and other sweep gear on the Westchester County's main deck. Photo taken from USS Conquest (MSO-488) Photo by CDR Michael Cosgrove USN Ret. USS Conquest
    TCG Serdar (L-402)
    Westchester County 55k Ex USS Westchester County (LST-1167), in Turkish naval service as TCG Serdar (L-402), post 1974 USS Westchester (LST-1167) Association
    Westchester County 47k TCG Serdar (L-402), date and location unknown. Joe Radigan, MACM, USN, Ret.
    Westchester County 61k TCG Serdar (L-402) underway, date and location unknown. Yucel M. Umar GMC Turkish Navy Retired
    Westchester County 525k TCG Serdar (L-402) underway, date and location unknown. CŁneyt Demir

    USS Westchester County (LST-1167)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Lacy, Leamond Frederick.10 March 1954 - June 1955
    02LCDR. Clenedin, Lane June 1955 - July 1957
    03LCDR. Staub, Frederick A.July 1957 - March 1959
    04LCDR. Beaubof, James AllanMarch 1959 - July 1960
    05LCDR. Karlowicz, Mitchell JosephJuly 1960 - August 1961
    06LCDR. Briggs, Winston DeanAugust 1961 - December 1962
    07LCDR. Patton, James EugeneDecember 1962 - July 1964
    08CDR. Metcalf III, Joseph P. :VADMJuly 1964 - December 1965
    09CDR. Hansen, Norman ThomasDecember 1965 - August 1967
    10LCDR. Branin, John W.August 1967 - August 1969
    11CDR. Lang, Joseph McCartyAugust 1969 - February 1972
    12CDR. Holly, Richard WarrenFebruary 1972 - 30 August 1973
    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
    USS Westchester County LST-1167 Association
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
    Turkish Navy Photo Collections by Yucel M. Umar GMC Turkish Navy Ret. and CŁneyt Demir
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