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USS Dunn County (LST-742)
USS LST-742 (1950 - 1955)
USAT LST-742 (1946 - 1950)
USS LST-742 (1944 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Echo - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 15 December 1944)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Korea Service Medal (5)
Fourth Row - Philippine Liberation Medal - United Nations Korea Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 12 March 1944, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 22 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-742, 23 May 1944, LT. Warren W. Holmes USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-742 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Eight, CAPT. E. Watts, USN;
    LST Group Twenty-Three, CDR. T.C. Linthicum, USN;
    LST Division Forty-Six and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945
    Borneo operations
    Tarakan Island operation, 27 April to 5 May 1945
    Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines
    Mindoro Island landing, 15 December 1944
    Visayan Island landings, 18 March and 29 March to 3 April 1945

  • Decommissioned, 26 April 1946
  • Custody transferred to US Army, 28 June 1946
  • Returned to US Navy custody and recommissioned, 1 September 1950
  • During the Korean War USS LST-742 participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    18 September to 2 November 1950
    First UN Counter Offensive
    13 February to 7 March 1951
    Communist China Aggression
    3 November 1950 to 19 January 1951
    Second Korean Winter
    11 January to 29 February 1952
    Inchon Landing
    15 to 17 September 1950

  • Named, USS Dunn County (LST-742), 1 July 1955
  • Decommissioned and Struck from the Naval Register, 1 February 1961
  • USS Dunn County (LST-742) earned three battle stars for World War II service and five battle stars for Korean War service
  • Final Disposition, sold to Zidell Explorations, Inc., of Portland, OR., 6 September 1961 for scrapping
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    light 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
    sea-going 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
    landing 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 LCVP
    Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
    Typical loads
    One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
    Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
    Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
    2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
    12 single 20MM gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 4,300 Bbls
    two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 230V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 1,700shp
    twin rudders

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    Dunn County 140k Navy ships fighting fires on USS LST-742, after she was hit by a Kamikaze off the Mindoro landing beaches, 15 December 1944. Photographed from on board USS PCE-851. The bow of USS O'Brien (DD-725) is at right, with fire fighting parties spraying water on the burning ship. USS Hopewell (DD-681) is seen nearly bow-on in the center background, largely shrouded by smoke. O'Brien is painted in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 9D.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 103030, Collection of Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid.
    Mike Green
    111k USS LST-742 beached with US Army tug LT-531 alongside, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    LST-742 67k USS LST-742 at Morotai, 1 June 1945, while loading trucks, troops and cargo enroute to North Borneo and "Operation Oboe 6."
    Australian War Memorial photo # 108412.
    Australian War Memorial
    LST-590 59k USS LST-742 and USS LST-590 at Labuan Island, 13 June 1945, while unloading trucks and cargo across pontoon causeways.
    Australian War Memorial photo # 109133.
    Australian War Memorial
    Dunn County 137k USS LST-742 on 13 October 1950 at Wolmi-Do Island, Inchon Harbor, loading supplies for the upcoming Wonsan invasion. Note that the ship is high and dry at low tide.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-421526, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Fred Weiss
    Dunn County 514k USS LST-742 underway circa 1950s, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH-96878
    Mike Smolinski
    Dunn County 98k USS LST-742 under way date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo

    USS LST-742
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Holmes, Warren W., USNR23 May 1944 - December 1945
    02LTjg. Johnson, Victor M., USNRDecember 1945 - 13 April 1946
     Decommissioned13 April 1946 - 1 September 1950
    03LT. Anderson, Douglas J.1953 - ?
    04LT/LCDR. McClendon, Hoyt, USN1955 - 14 June 1967
    05LT. Lacy, James Ernest, USN14 June 1957 - 1 December 1959
    06LT. Ricardo, Benny Joe, USN1 December 1959 - 6 February 1961
    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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