U.S.S Terrell County LST 1157

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History

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Commissioned as USS LST-1157 in 1953 and named USS TERRELL COUNTY (LST1157) in 1955. The ship is named for counties in Texas and Georgia.

 

Specifications:

Displacement 2,590 t (lt), 5,800 t (fl), Length 384’
Beam 55’
Draft 17’
Speed 14kts.

 

Compliment:

Ships company and staff officers: 16
Ships company: enlisted 189
Troop capacity: 15 officers, 380 enlisted.

 

Boats:
3 LCVP, 1 LCPL

 

Armament:

,3 twin 3"/50 cal. gun mounts, 5 single 20mm gun mounts.

 

Propulsion:

4 GM 16-27A diesel engines, 2 controllable pitch propellers

 

COMMANDING OFFICERS 

14 Mar 53-17 Jun 53  LCDR Lowell J. REYNOLDS
17 Jun 53-22 Dec 54 LCDR Richard S. SCOTT, JR.
22 Dec 54-08 May 56  LCDR Melvin O. NELSON
08 May 56-04 Oct 56 LCDR Alfred A. DUNTON
04 Oct 56-18 Jun 58 LCDR Donald E. VAUGHN
18 Jun 58-05 Mar 60 LCDR Milan S. CERTSVIK
05 Mar 60-08 Dec 61 CDR Joseph B. MORRISON (promoted CDR 01 Jul 61)
08 Dec 61-08 Jun 63 LCDR Eugene D. GEIGER
08 Jun 63-31 Jul 65 LCDR James A. ALLEN
31 Jul 65-15 Apr 67 LCDR Harry W. KINSLEY
15 Apr 67-05 Aug 68 CDR Thomas B. GODDARD (promoted CDR 01 Aug 67)
05 Aug 68-04 Dec 70 LCDR John G. SCHIMMING
04 Dec 70-25 Mar 71 LT Stephen D. GUTHRIE

SIGNIFICANT DATES

During the entire career of the USS TERRELL COUNTY (LST-1157), the United States was engaged in the ‘cold war’ and she was but one of the many ships and crews that served on the ‘front line’ carrying out her many assigned tasks with diligence and professionalism.

31 May 51      AUTHORIZED FOR BUILDING AS THE SECOND OF A NEW CLASS OF LANDING SHIP TANKS.

03 Mar 52      KEEL OF USS LST-1157 LAID AT BATH IRON WORKS, BATH, MAINE.

06 Dec 52      USS LST1157 LAUNCHED

14 Mar 53      COMMISSIONED AS USS LST-1157, ASSIGNED TO US ATLANTIC FLEET AMPHIBIOUS FORCES.

15 Jul 53      SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA NAMED HOME PORT, ASSIGNED TO US PACIFIC FLEET AMPHIBIOUS FORCES.

Mar-June 54      PARTICIPATED IN THE BIKINI NUCLEAR TESTS

15 Jul 55      OFFICIALLY NAMED THE USS TERRELL COUNTY (LST-1157)

01 Jul 60      SHIFTED HOME PORT TO YOKOSUKA JAPAN

Aug 64-Dec 70      PARTICIPATED IN THE VIETNAM WAR, BEING AWARDED 12 BATTLE STARS, 1 PUC, 1 NUC, 3 MUC

31 Mar 71      ASSIGNED TO PACRESFLT BREMERTON WASHINGTON

25 Mar 77      TRANSFERRED OWNERSHIP TO GREECE-HELLENIC NAVY

Dec 02      STILL ON ACTIVE DUTY IN THE GREEK NAVY.

 

AWARDS

Crew members aboard during designated period are eligible for cited medals/ribbons.

See LINKS PAGE or CONTACT: GEORGE R. O’CONNELL for info on updating your records and obtaining the medals and awards you earned.
*** Dates that don't coincide with the award period award.

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ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL 30MAY59 31MAY59 QUEMOY-MATSU
AFEM 23JUN59 24JUN59 QUEMOY-MATSU
AFEM 06AUG59 08AUG59 QUEMOY-MATSU
AFEM 18AUG59 20AUG59 *** LEBANON***
AFEM 15SEP59 17SEP59 QUEMOY-MATSU
AFEM 19APR61 20APR61 QUEMOY-MATSU
AFEM 19MAY61 20MAY61 QUEMOY-MATSU
AFEM 28AUG61 02SEP61 QUEMOY-MATSU
AFEM 02NOV61 04NOV61 QUEMOY-MATSU
AFEM 06NOV61 24NOV61 VIETNAM
AFEM 15MAR62 17MAR62 QUEMOY-MATSU
AFEM 16JUL62 21JUL62 QUEMOY-MATSU
AFEM 01AUG62 14AUG62 VIETNAM
AFEM 23MAR63 24MAR63 QUEMOY-MATSU
AFEM 30APR63 02MAY63 QUEMOY-MATSU
AFEM 15MAR65 18MAR68 VIETNAM
MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION 01AUG65 ***31MAR68(66?)***  
MUC 18JUN67 04AUG67  
MUC 01APR68 31MAR69  
NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION 25JUN69 28OCT69  
PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION 01JAN69 04FEB69 RVN
MERITORIOUS UNIT CITATION 14AUG65 15AUG65 RVN
MUC 05MAR66 06MAR66 RVN
MUC 07APR66 11APR66 RVN
MUC 05MAY66 07MAY66 RVN
MUC 10AUG66 12AUG66 RVN
MUC 01DEC66 05DEC66 RVN
MUC 29DEC66 18JAN67 RVN
MUC 11MAY67 12MAY67 RVN
MUC 24MAY67 25MAY67 RVN
MUC 21AUG67 18SEP67 RVN
MUC 13MAR68 15MAR68 RVN
MUC 25MAR68 15APR68 RVN
MUC 29APR68 15MAY68 RVN
MUC 09DEC68 04FEB69 RVN
MUC 09MAY69 30JUN69 RVN
MUC 01APR70 23MAY70  
VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL 09JUL65 15JUL65  
VSM 13AUG65 18AUG65  
VSM 31OCT65 03DEC65  
VSM 03MAR66 10MAR66  
VSM 20MAR66 31MAR66  
VSM 06APR66 08MAY66  
VSM 16JUN66 20JUN66  
VSM 10SEP66 15SEP66  
VSM 10OCT66 14OCT66  
VSM 27NOV66 07DEC66  
VSM 13FEB67 19FEB67  
VSM 09MAY67 13MAY67  
VSM 22MAY67 26MAY67  
VSM 05JUL67 05AUG67  
VSM 19AUG67 22SEP67  
VSM 12MAR68 15APR68  
VSM 27APR68 17MAY68  
VSM 03JUN68 06JUN68  
VSM 06DEC68 09FEB69  
VSM 06MAY69 28JUN69  
VSM 25SEP69 03DEC69  
VSM 08MAR70 30MAY70  
VSM 01OCT70 08OCT70