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USS Litchfield County (LST-901)
USS LST-901 (1945 - 1955)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (24FEB68) - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Korean Service Medal (2) - Vietnam Service Medal (6) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (10)
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 29 October 1944, at Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 9 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST 901, 11 January 1945, at Algiers, LA., Lt. C. A. Henson in command
  • During World War II USS LST-901 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-One, CAPT. H. S. Covington USN (23);
    LST Group Ninety-Three CDR. E. R. Sperry USN (23);
    LST Division One Hundred Eighty-Six
  • Following World War II USS LST-901 was assigned Occupation service in the Far East from 6 to 23 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, 9 August 1946, at Vancouver, WA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Recommissioned, 30 November 1951
  • During the Korean War USS LST-901 participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    3 to 30 September 1952
    17 to 18 October 1952
    Third Korean Winter
    13 to 14 December 1952
    31 January 1to 23 February 1953
    13 to 28 March 1953

  • Named USS Litchfield County (LST-901), 1 July 1955
  • Decommissioned, 20 December 1955, at Long Beach, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 5 March 1966
  • During the Vietnam War USS Litchfield County (LST-901) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase II
    19 to 20 July 1966
    3 August to 20 September 1966
    2 to 10 October 1966
    18 October to 8 November 1966
    19 January to 24 February 1967
    26 April to 3 May 1967
    16 to 23 May 1967
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    15 May to 30 June 1968
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase III
    11 August to 21 September 1967
    31 December 1967 to 10 January 1968
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase V
    15 May to 30 June 1968
    Tet Counteroffensive
    12 February to 21 March 1968
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    5 to 15 July 1969

  • Decommissioned, 7 December 1969, at Guam, Marianas Islands
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 April 1975
  • USS Litchfield County earned two battle stars for Korean War service and six campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Sold for scrapping by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS), 1 January 1977
  • Merchant History
    Acquired by Aphrodite Shipping & Trading Corp. S.A., Panama and renamed MV Petrola 132.
    Arrived in tow at Aliaga, Turkey for demolition by Seltas A.S., 5 April 1996
  • Final Disposition, scrapped at Aliaga in 1996
    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-901
    Litchfield County
    291k USS LST-901 underway in San Francisco Bay, late 1945.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 79579
    Mike Smolinski
    LST-902 382k USS LST-902, USS 901 an unidentified LST moored between them and a fleet tug (ATF) moored together off Wolmi Do [island] near Inchon South Korea, circa 1952-53. Note the self-propelled oil or water barge (YO/YW) alongside USS 901 and the Marine LVT approaching the nest of ships.
    BUMED photo # 16-0002-042 courtesy of the National Museum of Health and Medicine taken from USS Haven (not shown) probably by Zelma "Suzie" Coyle, Coyle Collection.
    Michael Rhode BUMED
    Litchfield County 158k USS LST-901 underway off the coast of California, 1952. Harry Burton USS LST-901
    USS Litchfield County (LST-901)
    Floyd County
    256k Admiral David L. McDonald, Chief of Naval Operations, has breakfast in the crews mess aboard USS Litchfield County (LST-901) during his visit and inspection tour of Vietnam, 30 October 1966. At the table with Admiral McDonald (right) are ENC Irl Green (Leading Petty Officer), Rear Admiral Thomas Weschler (center) and Lieutenant Charles Bryant (back to camera), commanding officer.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 69266
    Mike Smolinski
    Litchfield County
    1(NH 69268)
    139k USS Litchfield County (LST-901) drydocked for overhaul in 1968, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #s:
    NH 69268
    NH 69281
    NH 69267
    NH 69303
    NH 69282
    Mike Smolinski
    Litchfield County
    (NH 69281)
    Litchfield County
    (NH 69267)
    Litchfield County
    (NH 69303)
    Litchfield County
    (NH 69269)
    Litchfield County
    (NH 69282)
    Litchfield County
    (NH 69283)
    242k USS Litchfield County (LST-901) at sea, as seen from the bow of an unidentified LST, circa 1968.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #68283
    Mike Smolinski
    Litchfield County
    (NH 69299)
    267k USS Litchfield County (LST-901) underway in 1968, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #'s
    NH 69299
    NH 69300
    NH 69301
    NH 69288
    NH 69298
    NH 69286
    Mike Smolinski
    Litchfield County
    (NH 69300)
    Litchfield County
    (NH 69301)
    Litchfield County
    (NH 69288)
    Litchfield County
    (NH 69298)
    Litchfield County
    NH 69286
    Litchfield County
    NH 69289
    Litchfield County
    NH 69302
    275k Jeeps, destined for Vietnam, in the tank deck of USS Litchfield County (LST-901) in 1968.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 69302
    Mike Smolinski
    Litchfield County
    NH 69284
    174k USS Litchfield County (LST-901) (left) and USS Park County (LST-1077) (right) unloading supplies in Vietnam, circa 1968.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 69284
    Mike Smolinski
    Floyd County 55k USS Litchfield County (LST-901) and USS Floyd County (LST-762) moored to the LST ramp at Danang, South Vietnam, 1968.
    US Navy photo from Naval Support Facility, Danang, Yearbook
    Pete Harlem
    Litchfield County 850k USS Litchfield County (LST-901) underway off Guam, circa-1968 1969. Fred Eberwine USS Litchfield County

    For more photos and information about USS Litchfield County, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • LST-901 Re-Commissioning Crew Roster (30 November 1951)
  • The USS LST Ship Memorial
  • Mobile Riverine Force Association
  • LST Home Port
  • State LST Chapters
  • United States LST Association

  • Commanding Officers
    01LT. Henson, Charles A., USNR11 January 1945 - 24 December 1945
    02LTjg. Ventura, Frank A., USNR24 December 1945 - 15 January 1946
    03LTjg. Sullivan, Patrick H., USNR15 January 1946 - 24 March 1946
    04LT. Bender, Dale O., USNR24 March 1946 - 9 August 1946
     Decommissioned9 August 1946 - 30 November 1951
    05LT. Houlihan, James E.30 November 1951 - 1952
    06LT. Ward, Marshall Douglas, USN1952 - 1953
    07LT. Hinchcliff Jr., Lester Grant, USN (USNA 1946)1953 - 1954
    08LT. Purcell, Raymond R.1954 - 20 December 1955
     Decommissioned20 December 1955 - 5 March 1966
    09LT. Bryant, Cordis Charles5 March 1966 - 30 June 1968
    10LT. Waples, Robert Everett, USN (USNA 1963)30 June 1968 - 9 November 1968
    11LT. Phillips, Roger VanDorn, LT (temporary)9 November 1968 - 3 December 1968
    12LT. Phillips, Roger VanDorn3 December 1968 - 6 June 1969
    13LT. Grace, Robert Francis6 June 1969 - 3 September 1969
    14LT. Zunich, Ralph Edward (Ed)3 September 1969 - 7 December 1969
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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