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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive

Contributed by Mike Smolinski

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USS Wood County (LST-1178)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation
Navy Expeditionary Medal (Cuba) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba, 1-Dominican Republic)

LST-1171 DeSoto County Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 1 October 1956, at American Shipbuilding, Lorain, OH.
  • Launched, 14 December 1957
  • Commissioned USS Wood County (LST-1178), at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA., 5 August 1959, LCDR. Maxton M. Midgett in command
  • Decommissioned, 1 May 1972
  • Temporary custody transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the Nation Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 16 February 1989
  • Final Disposition, scrapped, July 2002, at Transforma 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 Cooper-Bessemer diesel engines, replaced September 1969 with six Fairbanks Morse Diesels, two propellers

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    Wood County/LCU-1612 76k USS Wood County (LST-1178) seen marrying up with LCU 1612 and another LCU to form a causeway to the beach, date and location unknown. CDR. Lou Chirillo, USN, Ret.
    Wood County 87k USS Wood County (LST-1178) beached, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, November 1963
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Wood County
    266k USS Wood County (LST-1178) and hydrofoil patrol gunboat USS Tucumcari (PGH-2) underway during a highline operation off Cape Henry, VA., 15 May 1971.
    US National Archives photo # K 88730, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Mike Smolinski
    Wood County 8k USS Wood County (LST-1178) under way in the Kiel Canal with USS Tucumcari (PGH-2) secured to her main deck, circa March 1971 to February 1972 LST Home Port
    Wood County 64k USS Wood County (LST-1178) moored pierside at Copenhagen, Denmark, date unknown. Note USS Tucumcari (PGH-2) secured to her main deck
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, July 1971
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Wood County 366k USS Wood County (LST-1178) under way, date and location, with pontoons side mounted port and starboard.
    US Navy photo
    Christopher E. Case, courtesy Robert G. Merritt PO3 USN USS Wood County
    Wood County 487k USS Wood County (LST-1178) moored pierside at La Spezia, IT., 21 November 1971. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Wood County 49k USS Wood County (LST-1178) under way, date and location unknown.
    Varamar Arts Canvas print.
    Tommy Trampp
    Wood County 90k USS Wood County (LST-1178) under way, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Wood County 84k
    Wood County 69k
    Wood County 88k USS Wood County (LST-1178) ship's plaque Tommy Trampp

    For more photos and information about USS Wood County, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Welcome Aboard Pamphlet
  • The USS LST Ship Memorial
  • LST Home Port
  • State LST Chapters
  • United States LST Association

  • Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Midgett, Maxton Murrey5 August 1959 - 31 May 1961
    02LCDR. Klein, Peter Frederick, USN (USNA 1949)31 May 1961 - January 1963
    03LCDR. Scoville, Jack (Black Jack)January 1963 - 1964
    04LCDR. Beardslee Jr., Ralph Currier26 August 1966 - ?
    05LCDR. Patella, Lawrence MichaelMarch 1970 - 1 May 1972
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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