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USS Wexford County (LST-1168)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Romeo - Hotel - Alpha
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (3) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - National Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - Vietnam Service Medal (5) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medial

USS Wexford County (LST-1168) also served as the Spanish Naval vessel Martin Alvarez (L-12)
LST-1156 Terrebonne Parish Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 27 February 1952, at Christy Corp., Sturgeon Bay, WI.
  • Launched, 28 November 1953
  • Commissioned USS LST-1168, 15 June 1954, LCDR. Victor W. Vansant in command
  • named USS Wexford County (LST-1168), 1 July 1955
  • During the Vietnam War USS Wexford County (LST-1168) served continuously in country and in contiguous waters, with the exception of overhaul periods, from mid 1965 to late 1970 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
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    10 to 30 September 1965
    31 October to 4 November 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    4 April to 7 May 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    15 December 1967 to 4 January 1968
    16 to 29 January 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    19 to 29 July 1970
    8 to 9- August 1970
    6 to 11 November 1970
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 15 March 1968

  • Decommissioned, 29 October 1971
  • Sold to Spain, 29 October 1971, through the Security Assistance Program; Renamed Martin Alvarez (L-12) (Martin Alvarez was named after an 18th Century Spanish naval hero; she was the second Spanish warship of US origin to bear the name: the first one was a small gunboat acquired in 1878)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1976
  • USS Wexford County earned the Meritorious Unit Commendation and five campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Spanish Navy List by Order 613/03356/95, 9 March 1995 (Boletín Oficial de Defensa # 55).
  • Final Disposition, scrapped, date unknown
    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
    Enlisted 189
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 380
    three LCVPs
    one LCPL
    three twin 3"/50 cal 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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    USS Wexford County (LST-1168)
    Wexford County 58k Overhead view of USS Wexford County (LST-1168), circa 1967. Her deck is marked out as a helicopter landing area; ships of this class can land the heavy CH-46 Sea Knight and CH-53 Sea Stallion. She is armed with three 3"/50 twin rapid-fire gun mounts, introduced after Korea to replace the earlier 40mm Bofors weapons. The "shelves" along the sides of her hull are supports for pontoon causeway sections, often carried by LST's.
    US Navy photo from DANFS
    Robert Hurst
    Wexford County 57k USS Wexford County (LST-1168) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photos
    Steve & Linda Snyder
    Wexford County 67k
    Wexford County 27k USS Wexford County (LST-1168), at Naval Station San Diego, circa June 1968 Steve & Linda Snyder
    Wexford County 104k USS Wexford County (LST-1168) looking forward from the bridge. She is underway in heavy seas with a deck load of vehicles, date and place unknown. Dan Callahan
    Wexford County 58k USS Wexford County (LST-1168) in dry dock, date and location unknown. Dan Callahan
    Jerome County 91k From left to right USS Wexford County (LST-1168), USS Jerome County (LST-848), USS Polk County (LST-1084) and two unidentified LSTs conducting landing practice off San Diego, circa the 1960s.
    Photograph received from USS Polk County, 1969.
    US Navy photo # NH 68713 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center

    Martin Alvarez (L-12)
    Namesake - Martin Alvarez Galan Montemolín (Badajoz, 1766 - Brest, France 1801). Spanish military man who participated in the naval Battle of Cape St Vincent, 14 February 1797, that pitted Spain against England.
    Wexford County 61k Ex-Wexford County (LST-1168) underway in Spanish service as Martin Alvarez (L-12), Alboran Sea, March 1985 Photo by Ignacio Lopez, ex member Armada Espanola
    Ronquil 71k Ex-Ronquil (SS-396), in Spanish naval service. Named after the Spanish submarine pioneer, Isaac Peral (S-32) is seen at Barcelona, Spain, 22 January 1983. Partially visible is Martin Alvarez (L-12). Photo by Fabio Peña
    Wexford County 68k Martin Alvarez (L-12), at Barcelona, Spain. 22 January 1983. The aerial view provides a good view of the upper deck, which was used for vehicle storage, helicopter operations and VERTREP. The partially visible submarine was Isaac Peral (S 32). Photo by Fabio Peña
    Wexford County 66k Martin Alvarez (L-12), at Barcelona, Spain. 23 January 1983. Photo by Fabio Peña
    Wexford County 93k Martin Alvarez (L-12), at Barcelona, Spain. 23 January 1983. Photo by Fabio Peña
    Wexford County 89k Martin Alvarez (L-12) at Barcelona, Spain. 23 January 1983. Photo by Fabio Peña
    Wexford County 561k Martin Alvarez (L-12) moored at Barcelona, Spain. 21 January 1984. The small ship astern of Martín Álvarez. is the salvage vessel Poseidón (AS-01). Photos by Fabio Peña
    Wexford County 515k
    Wexford County 268k
    Wexford County 1506k Martin Alvarez (L-12) moored outboard of Velasco (L-11) at Genoa, Italy, 31 October 1993. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Terrebonne Parish 1682k
    Wexford County 1736k
    Wexford County 702k Martin Alvarez (L-12) underway in the harbor at Genoa, Italy, 1 November 1993. Photo by Carlo Martinelli

    USS Wexford County (LST-1168)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    History of The USS Wexford County (LST-1168) - Mobile Riverine Force Association
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Vansant, Victor Willard15 June 1954 - ?
    02LCDR. Bleakley Jr., Andrewno dates
    20LCDR. Brown, Michael Jack, USN (USNA 1959)July 1959 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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