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USS Graham County (AGP-1176)
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USS Graham County (LST-1176) (1958 - 1972 )

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Oscar - Hotel
NIOH
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3-Congo, 1-Dominican Republic)


LST-1171 DeSoto County Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 4 February 1957 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp. Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 9 September 1957
  • Commissioned USS Graham County (LST-1176), 17 April 1958, LCDR. Gordon H. Mc Crea in command.
  • Reclassified Patrol Craft Tender (AGP-1176) in 1972
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 March 1977
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Final Disposition, sold by MARAD, 1 March 1978, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 3,560 t.(lt) 7,823 t (fl)
    Length 445'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 18'
    Speed 17 kts.
    Complement 170
    Troop Capacity 410
    Armament 3 twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    Propulsion four General Motors 16-278A diesel engines, 6000shp, two controllable pitch propellers

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    USS Graham Country (LST-1176)
    Graham County 95k Mrs. Ralph Otis Davis, Graham County (LST-1176) sponsor Christens the ship , 9 September 1957, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp. Newport News, VA.
    Photo from the shipyard in house publication "Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. Bulletin".
    S. Dale Hargrave
    Graham County 94k Graham County (LST-1176) slides down the builders ways as she is launched, 9 September 1957, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp. Newport News, VA.
    Photo from the shipyard in house publication "Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. Bulletin".
    S. Dale Hargrave
    Graham County 97k USS Graham County (LST-1176) after launching, 9 September 1957, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp. Newport News, VA.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, October 1958.
    Joe Radigan, MACM USN Ret.
    Graham County 195k USS Graham County (LST-1176) commissioning ceremony, 17 April 1958, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp. Newport News, VA.
    Photo from the shipyard in house publication "Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. Bulletin".
    S. Dale Hargrave
    Graham County 96k USS Graham County (LST-1176) underway, circa 1957-58, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, October 1958.
    Joe Radigan, MACM USN Ret.
    Graham County 88k USS Graham County (LST-1176) beached at Vieques, Puerto Rico, in 1964. Note her bow door configuration, 3"/50 twin gun mounts, and radar-equipped gun directors. US Naval Historical Center
    Graham County 37k USS Graham County (LST-1176) under way, circa 1967, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Graham County 1223k USS Graham County (LST-1176) underway at Genoa, Italy, 24 April 1970. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Graham County 39k USS Graham County (LST-1176) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from Veramar Arts Canvas print.
    Tommy Trampp
    USS Graham County (AGP-1176)
    Graham County 44k USS Graham County (AGP-1176) with USS Antelope (PG-86) and USS Ready (PG-87) alongside Patrol Gunboat Association
    Graham County 47k USS Graham County (AGP-1176) underway, date and location unknown. Dave Donaldson
    Graham County 299k USS Graham County (AGP-1176) underway in the harbor at Genoa, Italy, 29 January 1973. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Graham County 3841k USS Graham County (AGP-1176) moored at Venice, Italy in October 1973. Moored astern of Graham County is USS Douglas (PG-100). William Hooper

    USS Graham County (LST-1176 / AGP-1176)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
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    01LCDR. Mc Crea, Gordon H.17 April 1958 - ?
    02LCDR. Henderson, Harry Geneno dates
    03LCDR. Pouliot, Jean Raymondno dates
    04LCDR. Ball Jr. Marvin L., USN1969 - 1971
    05LCDR. Colbert Jr., Edward William1971 - 1972
    06LCDR. McCammon, Peter Leverich1972 - 1974
    07LCDR. Kelly, John Patrick1974 - 1976
    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 Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
    Patrol Gunboat Reunion Association
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