U.S.S. PAGE COUNTY
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USS PAGE COUNTY (LST-1076 ) - a LST-542-class tank landing ship
In Commission 1945 to 1957
LST-1076 Deployments - Major Events
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||Deployment / Event
||Keel Date: 16 MAR 1945
at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Hingham MA
||Launch Date: 14 APR 1945
||Commissioned: 1 MAY 1945
||Project Dominic - Atomic Bomb Test
||Shellback Initiation - 18 MAR 1962 - Pacific Ocean
||Cuban Missle Blockade
||Operation Silver Lance
||West Pac-Viet Nam
||West Pac-Viet Nam
||West Pac-Viet Nam
||Decommissioned: 5 MAR 1971
LST-1076 General Specifications
Class: LST-542-class tank landing ship
Complement: 7 Officers and 104 Enlisted
Displacement: 1625 tons
Length: 328 feet
Beam: 50 feet
Draft: Loaded - 8' FWD - 14' AFT
Final Disposition: Transferred to Greece 1971Sold outright 1 July 1978
USS PAGE COUNTY (LST-1076)
LST-1076 was laid down 16 March 1945 by Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard
launched 14 April 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Lillian J. Ostler
and commissioned 1 May 1945
Lt. Grover L. Rawlings
After shakedown in Chesapeake Bay
LST-1076 embarked troops in New
York and sailed
14 June 1945
for Pearl Harbor. She arrived Pearl Harbor
on 19 July and began several weeks of rigorous training in the Hawaiian
LST-1076 stood out from Pearl Harbor on 29 August loaded with occupation
troops bound for Sasebo
Japan. She disembarked her passengers on 22 September
and by 17 October
she was returning to the United States with war veterans.
She arrived at San Diego 11 December and shortly thereafter went into overhaul.
LST-1076 was sent to Vancouver
in April of 1946 for inactivation
and decommissioned 13 June to be assigned to the Columbia Group of the U.S.
Pacific Reserve Fleet.
Named Page County 1 July 1955
the LST remained at Astoria
on the Columbia River until July 1960
when she was towed to San Diego for
modernization and reactivation.
Page County was recommissioned 28 November 1960
and following shakedown
carried out local operations off the coast of Southern California through
1961. On 3 January 1962
Page County sailed for Pearl Harbor to provide
logistic support for the U.S. Army.
Page County operated within the Hawaiian Islands in support of the
Army through January and shifted to operational control of Commander Hawaiian
Sea Frontier on 1 February
for operations in the southern Mid-Pacific.
On 1 April she was assigned to Joint Task Force 8 in support of nuclear
tests being conducted by the U.S. Government. She transported civilian construction
crews and their equipment to islands such as Palmyra
and Christmas. She completed these assignments 8 August and returned
to San Diego on the 20th.
On 27 October Page County was called on to participate in the Cuban
Crisis quarantine. She transited the Panama Canal on 8 November and reached
Puerto Rico on the 16th. After shuttling troops between Roosevelt
Roads and Vieques
she was detached on 1 December to teturn to San Diego.
On 16 March 1963 Page County put into San Francisco to undergo an
extensive MK II Fram overhaul which was completed in July. She returned
to San Diego on 5 August and was assigned to coastal operations. Between
18 January and 16 February 1965
she participated in operation "Silver
" one of the largest Navy-Marine Corps training exercises ever
held in peacetime. Deteriorating conditions in Vietnam caused her immediate
departure 17 February
for Pearl Harbor
to transport elements of Marine
Air Group 13 to Okinawa. She returned to San Diego on 7 May.
Page County deployed to Adak
Alaska from 6 July to 21 October
to San Diego for coastal operations until 19 July 1966
when she prepared
for deployment to Vietnam. Operating principally between Chu Lai and Da
she supported the struggle against Communist aggression in South Vietnam
until returning to the United States in December.
Resuming local operations
Page County provided services to MinPac
in evaluating the capabilities of LST's for mine sweeping and to Pacific
Fleet Command for training exercises and administrative lifts for Hawaiian
based Army and Marine Corps personnel.
Early 1968 found Page County participating in EastPac exercises
training Camp Pendleton Marines and Seabees from Port Hueneme. During the
spring she again joined the 7th Fleet for operations in Southeast Asia.
From 11 September through 6 November
she operated out of Da Nang and returned
to San Diego on 24 December
via Hong Kong
and Pearl Harbor.
After operations on the West Coast
Page County returned to the Western
Pacific in the autumn and served in the 7th Fleet into 1970.
[Note: The above USS PAGE COUNTY (LST-1076) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS PAGE COUNTY (LST-1076) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]