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USS Suffolk County (LST-1173)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Whiskey - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Lebanon, Congo, Cuba, Dominican Republic)

LST-1171 De Soto County Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 15 July 1955, at Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston, MA.
  • Launched, 5 September 1956
  • Commissioned USS Suffolk County (LST-1173), 15 August 1957, LCDR. James E. Brown in command
  • Decommissioned, 25 August 1972
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Norfolk, VA.
  • Disposed of by Transfer to the Maritime Administration, 15 April 1992, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for $500 to Transforma Marine, Brownsville, TX. for scrapping, 31 March 1999. Removed from the Reserve Fleet, 23 November 1999 and scrapped
    Displacement 3,560 t.(lt) 7,823 t (fl)
    Length 445'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 16' 8"
    Speed 17.5 kts.
    Complement 10 Officers, 174 Enlisted
    Troop Capacity 575
    Boats four LCVP landing craft
    Cargo Capacity 28 medium tanks or vehicles to 75 tons on 288" long tank deck
    Liquid Cargo Capacity 100,000 gal. (US) diesel or jet fuel, plus 7,000 gal. petrol for embarked vehicles
    Armament 3 twin 3"/50 gun mounts
    Propulsion 6 Nordburg diesel engines, 2 shafts, controllable pitch propellers

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    Suffolk County 70k Suffolk County (LST-1173) underway, circa 1958, place unknown. Note causeways attached to both port and starboard sides. Donald J. Holland, SKC, USN, Ret. USS Suffolk County, December 1957 to June 1959
    Suffolk County 47k Suffolk County (LST-1173) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from Varamar Arts Canvas.
    Tommy Trampp
    Suffolk County 27k Suffolk County (LST-1173) beached, date and location unknown.  

    USS Suffolk County (LST-1173)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Brown, James E.15 August 1957 - ?
    02CDR. Piatek, John Adolph1961 - ?
    04LCDR. Guion, Joseph Edwardno dates
    06CDR. Falkins, Charlesno dates
    07LCDR. Brackin, John Davidno dates
    08LCDR. Clarey, Stephen Scott :RADMAugust 1971
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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