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LST-1177 Lorain County

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

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Navy Expeditionary Medal (Cuba) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba)

LST-1171 DeSoto County Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 9 August 1956, at American Shipbuilding, Lorain, OH.
  • Launched, 22 June 1957
  • Commissioned USS Lorain County (LST-1177) at Naval Station New Orleans, 3 October 1958, LCDR. Robert E. Du Bois in command
  • Decommissioned, 1 September 1972
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 23 December 1994, for lay up in the James River Reserve Fleet, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Final Disposition, scrapped, October 2002, at ESCO Marine, Brownsville, TX.
    Displacement 3,560 t.
    Length 445'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 18'
    Speed 17 kts.
    Complement 170
    Troop Capacity 410
    Armament 3 twin 3"/50 gun mounts
    Propulsion six diesel engines, two shafts

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    Lorain County 14k Lorain County (LST-1177) under way, date and place unknown. LST Home Port web site
    Lorain County 62k Lorain County (LST-1177) under way, date and place unknown. LST Home Port web site
    Lorain County 55k Lorain County (LST-1177) approaching Rankin (AKA-103) while underway in the Caribbean Sea, l2 May 1963. Thomas L. McLain
    Lorain County 81k Lorain County (LST-1177) unloading at Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, in May 1963. Thomas L. McLain USS Rankin
    Lorain County 81k Lorain County (LST-1177) participating in an underway replenishment, 2 May 1963. Thomas L. McLain USS Rankin

    USS Lorain County (LST-1177)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Du Bois, Robert E.3 October 1958 - 22 October 1960
    02LCDR. Nimitz, Charles Edgar Clark, USN (USNA 1947)22 October 1960 - 21 July 1962
    03LCDR. Dickins, Richard Amos22 July 1962 - ?
    04LCDR. Flynn, John Joseph1968
    05LCDR. Hagedorn, Edwin Charles USNJune 1970 - June 1972
    06LCDR. Clark Jr., Robert Emmet USNno dates
    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 Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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