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USS Potter County (LST-1086)
USS LST-1086 (1945 - 1955)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Oscar - Uniform
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS Potter County (LST-1086) was transferred to Greece and rename HS Ikaria (L-154)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 5 December 1944, at American Bridge Co. Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 28 January 1945
  • Placed in reduced commission, 17 February 1945, LT. David J. Ward Jr., USNR in command
  • Fully commissioned USS LST-1086, 24 February 1945, at Naval Repair Base Algiers, LA.
  • During World War II USS LST-1086 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Three, CAPT. C. A. Legg USN (24);
    LST Group Ninety-Seven, CDR. H. B. McLean;
    LST Division One Hundred Ninety-Three
  • Following World War II USS LST-1086 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following period:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    16 October 1945 to 26 March 194616 October 1945 to 26 March 1946

  • Decommissioned, 7 August 1946, at Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston, MA.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Named USS Potter County (LST-1086), 1 July 1955
  • Transferred to Greece and renamed HS Ikaria (L-154)
  • Struck From the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    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

    Courtesy of D.M. McPherson, 1976. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 84715, courtesy of D.M. McPherson, 1976.
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    USS LST-1086
    Potter County 163k USS LST-1086 at anchor, circa 1945-46, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 84715
    Mike Green
    HS Ikaria (L-154)
    Potter County 27k Ex-Potter County (LST-1086 in Greek naval service as HS Ikaria (L-154) beached while unloading tanks, date and location unknown. LST Home Port web site
    Potter County 97k HS Ikaria (L-154) underway, date and location unknown.
    Official Royal Hellenic Navy photo.
    Tony Vrailas
    Potter County 66k HS Ikaria (L-154) underway with Sifnos (L-150) ex-LCT-677 loaded on her main deck, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Potter County 51k HS Ikaria (L-154) underway, circa 1961, location unknown.
    Official Royal Hellenic Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1961-62 edition.
    Robert Hurst
    Potter County 72k HS Ikaria (L-154) beached with bow doors open and ramp down on hard stand, circa 1970, location unknown.
    Official Royal Hellenic Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Potter County 340k Greek amphibious ships moored at the Salamis Naval Base, Greece, 31 August 1979.
    From left to right:
    Ex-USS LSM-399 - HS Ipopliarkhos Roussen (L-164)
    Ex-USS LSM-45 - HS Ipopliarkhos Grigoropoulos (L-161)
    Ex-USS LSM-102 - HS Ipopliarchos Toyrnas (L-162)
    Ex-USS Potter County (LST-1086) - HS Ikaria (L-154)
    Ex-USS Page County (LST-1076) - HS Kriti (L-171)
    Ex-USS Boone County (LST-389) - HS Lesbos (L-172)
    Ex-USS Bowman County (LST-391) - HS Rodos (L-157)
    Ex-USS LST-325 - HS Syros (L-144)
    Defense Imagery Photo # VIRIN: DN-SC-82-00333 by PHC C. Pedrick USN.
    Robert Hurst

    USS LST-1086 / USS Potter County (LST-1086)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Ward Jr., David J., USNR17 February 1945 - 30 August 1945
    02LT. Williford Jr., Talmage Y., USNR30 August 1945 - 11 January 1946
    03LTjg. Wallace, William A., USNR11 January 1946 - 22 March 1946
    04LTjg. Zylla, Daniel P., USNR22 March 1946 - 30 May 1946
    05LTjg. Morehead, Beachley Alfred, USNR30 May 1946 - 7 August 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
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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