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U.S.S. PAGE COUNTY

(LST-1076)

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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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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAR 1945 Keel Date: 16 MAR 1945
at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Hingham MA
APR 1945 Launch Date: 14 APR 1945
MAY 1945 Commissioned: 1 MAY 1945
JAN 1962 - AUG 1962 Project Dominic - Atomic Bomb Test
MAR 1962 Shellback Initiation - 18 MAR 1962 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1962 - DEC 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
APR 1965 - JUN 1965 Operation Silver Lance
JUL 1965 - NOV 1965 Alaska
JUN 1966 - DEC 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1970 - JAN 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1970 - JAN 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR 1971 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 Hingham Mass. launched 14 April 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Lillian J. Ostler and commissioned 1 May 1945 Lt. Grover L. Rawlings USNR in command.

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 operating areas.

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 Wash. 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 Oregon 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 Malden Penrhyn Washington Fanning 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 Vieques 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 Lance " 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 returning to San Diego for coastal operations until 19 July 1966 when she prepared for deployment to Vietnam. Operating principally between Chu Lai and Da Nang 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 Yokosuka 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]