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USS Monroe County (LST-1038)
USS LST-1038 (1945 - 1955)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Alpha - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 29 October 1944, at Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA.
Launched, 6 January 1945
Commissioned USS LST-1038, 5 February 1945, LT. Julius Wolf USNR in command
During World War II USS LST-1038 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Thirty-Two, CAPT. D.J. Sweeny;
LST Group Ninety-Six, CDR. J.M. Dod USNR;
LST Division One Hundred Ninety-One and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 15 May to 30 June 1945
Following World War II USS LST-1038 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Decommissioned, 25 July 1946
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs, FL.
Renamed USS Monroe County (LST-1038), 1 July 1955
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1958
USS LST-1038 earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|20 September to 3 October 1945
|15 October to 4 December 1945
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
Length 328' o.a.
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
Boats 2 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
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
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
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||LST-1038 launching, 6 January 1945, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, Pittsburgh, PA.
US National Archives photo # USN 407638, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS LST-1038 beached, date and location unknown.
||John De Noma
||LST-1038 at anchor in San Francisco Bay, circa 1945-46
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 82160 courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975.
USS LST-1038 / USS Monroe County (LST-1038)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Wolf, Julius, USNR||5 February 1945 - 24 October 1945|
|02||LT. Sherman, Thomas W., USNR||24 October 1945 - March 1946|
|03||LTjg. McKelway, William P., USNR||March 1946 - 25 July 1946|
|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
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Last Updated 7 February 2020
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