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USS Greer County (LST-799)
USS LST-799 (1944 - 1955)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Zulu - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Okinawa, 3 April to 8 May 1945)) - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (9)
Fourth Row - Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal

USS Greer County (LST-799) transferred to West Germany, renamed FGS Bamberg (A-1403) later sold to the Netherlands
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 25 August 1944, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 3 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-799, 21 October 1944 at New Orleans, LA., LT. Daniel C. Millett, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-799 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Twenty-Five, CAPT. H. E. Richter USN (24);
    LST Group Seventy-Three, CDR. L. D. York USNR;
    LST Division One Hundred Forty-Six and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 to 7 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-799 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    6 to 23 September 19451 to 5 May 1956
    21 to 29 October 1945 

  • Decommissioned, 22 April 1946, at Yokosuka Japan
  • Recommissioned at Yokosuka, 26 August 1950, LT. Trumond E. Houston, in command
  • During the Korean War USS LST-799 participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    11 to 12 September 1959
    18 September to 2 November 1950
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    9 July to 13 August 1951
    27 September to 2 November 1951
    26-27 November 1951
    Communist China Aggression
    15 to 28 December 1950
    Second Korean Winter
    28 November to -28 December 1951
    17 January to 22 February 1952
    11 March to 14 April 1952
    Inchon Landing
    13 to 17 September 1950
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952 12 July to 11 August 1952
    First UN Counter Offensive
    22 March to 5 April 1951
    Korea Summer-Fall 1953
    4 to 30 June 1953
    14 to 17 July 1953
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    27 April to 11 May 1951
    15 to 20 May 1951
    7 to 19 June 1951
    8 July 1951

  • Named USS Greer County (LST-799), 1 July 1955
  • Decommissioned, 18 January 1960
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1960
  • USS Greer County as USS LST-799 earned one battle star for World War II service, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, and nine battle stars for Korean War service
  • Sold to the Federal Republic of Germany, named FGS Bamberg (A-1403), date unknown
  • Bamberg was redesignated as mine layer N-122 but her conversion was only 60% completed when she was sold to the Netherlands in 1970
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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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    USS LST-799
    Greer County 646k USS LST-799 under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo # USN 1045713.
    David Buell in honor of his father CWO4 Benton E. Buell, USN (Ret) USS Oak Hill
    Greer County 138k USS LST-799 on the pier at Inchon, South Korea in 1950, the result of miscalculating the extreme ebb and flow of the tides in that port.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, September 1951.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Greer County 106k USS LST-799 under way in the Sea of Japan enroute to Korea, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, November 1952.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    USS Greer County (LST-799)
    Greer County 24k USS Greer County (LST-799) at the outer breakwater, Long Beach Ca, circa 1955 Tom Willoughby courtesy James Strickland
    Greer County 51k USS Greer County (LST-799) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Greer County 172k USS Greer County (LST-799) docked at Vancouver BC, 4 December 1959.
    City of Vancouver Archives, Photo No. AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-4866, by Walter E. Frost.
    Mike Green
    FGS Bamberg (A-1403)
    Greer County 785k Ex-USS Greer County (LST-799) under way while in German naval service as FGS Bamberg (A-1403), date and location unknown. Wolfgang Hechler

    USS Greer County (LST-799)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    LST-799, 1944-1946
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Millett, Daniel Caldwell, USNR21 October 1944 - 14 October 1945
    02LT. Eames Jr., Orrin Augustus, USNR14 October 1945 - 21 November 1945
    03LT. Hains, Randall Kenneth, USNR21 November 1945 - 22 January 1946
    04LTjg. Dolan, Kline Monroe, USNR22 January 1946 - 22 April 1946
     Decommissioned22 April 1946 - 26 August 1950
    05LT. Houston, Trumond Edward26 August 1950 - 1950
    06LT. Weidner1950 - November 1951
    07LT. Drummond, Paul DonaldNovember 1951 - ?
    08LCDR Robideaux Jr., Lloyd dates
    09LT. Gygax, Rex1955
    10LCDR. Nutt Jr., Thomas Owen1958 - 18 January 1960
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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