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USS GRAHAM COUNTY

(LST-1176)

The Spirit of 76

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USS GRAHAM COUNTY (LST-1176 ) - a De Soto County-class tank landing ship

In Commission 1958 to 1977

LST-1176 Deployments - Major Events

Add a LST-1176 Shellback Initiation Add a LST-1176 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
FEB 1957 Keel Date: 4 FEB 1957
at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Newport News VA
SEP 1957 Launch Date: 9 SEP 1957
APR 1958 Commissioned: 17 APR 1958
JAN 1959 - JAN 1959 Guantanamo Bay
MAY 1960 - AUG 1961 Caribbean
NOV 1960 - JUN 1961 West Africa
DEC 1960 - Shellback Initiation - 22 DEC 1960 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN 1964 - JUN 1964 Mediterranean
AUG 1965 - Shellback Initiation - 12 AUG 1965 - Atlantic Ocean
APR 1966 - JUN 1966 Dry Dock
MAR 1968 - JUN 1968 Caribbean
MAY 1969 - AUG 1969 Mediterranean
MAR 1970 - SEP 1970 Mediterranean
MAR 1971 - SEP 1971 Around The World
MAR 1971 - OCT 1971 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAR 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 20 MAR 1971 - Atlantic Ocean
MAR 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 20 MAR 1971 - Indian Ocean
APR 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 4 APR 1971 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV 1974 - Shellback Initiation - 6 NOV 1974 - Atlantic Ocean
MAR 1977 Decommissioned: 1 MAR 1977

LST-1176 General Specifications

Class: De Soto County-class tank landing ship

Named for: Graham County

Complement: 170 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 3560 tons

Length: 446 feet

Beam: 62 feet

Flank Speed: 17 knots

Final Disposition: Sold for scrap 1 March 1978



USS GRAHAM COUNTY (LST-1176)



Graham County (LST-1176) was laid down by Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Newport News Va. 4 February 1957 launched 9 September; sponsored by Mrs. Ralph Otis Davis; and commissioned 17 April 1958 Lt. Comdr. Gordon H. McCrea in command.

After shakedown Graham County continued tests and repairs throughout 1958. Assigned to the Atlantic amphibious force the LST engaged in training exercises along the Atlantic coast until late November 1960 when she embarked a detachment of marines and sailed for her first extended deployment. Touehing ports in the Caribbean and Brazil she sailed on to Africa arriving Monrovia Liberia 5 January 1961. She stopped at other ports in Africa including the Congo where she embarked 500 Guinean troops of the U.N. peacekeeping force for transport to their country. Graham County returned to Little Creek Va. 17 May.

Following the assassination of Dominican Republic President Trujillo in early June the LST together with units of the fleet steamed toward the Caribbean ready to assist if needed. Returning in early July she resumed training operations for the next 2 years.

On 10 January 1964 Graham County with 170 marines on board departed Little Creek for amphibious exercises in the Mediterranean. Training was postponed however when the Cyprus crisis errupted and Graham County along with other units of Amphibious Squadron 4 rushed to the scene prepared for any mission. After 78 consecutive days in the area she resumed her training exercises with the fleet. Returning home 21 June Graham County resumed amphibious operations in the Atlantic and Caribbean for the rest of the year.

[Note: The above USS GRAHAM COUNTY (LST-1176) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS GRAHAM COUNTY (LST-1176) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]