USS GARRETT COUNTY (LST-786)
LST-786 was laid down by Dravo Corp.
21 May 1944
launched 22 July; sponsored by Mrs. E. B. Keckler; and
commissioned 28 August 1944
Lt. Eli T. Ringler
After shakedown off Florida
LST-786 departed Mobile
and sailed for the Pacific. She loaded cargo and men of the 112th Navy Construction
Battalion at Pearl Harbor before arriving Eniwetok 28 December. During January
the landing ship made another cruise to Pearl Harbor for supplies
returning to the Marshall Islands 21 February.
With Iwo Jima now in American hands
LST-786 transported a group
of Seabees to that tiny volcano island in late March. While at Iwo she embarked
114 prisoners of war for transportation to Guam
arriving there 20 April.
Eight days later she sailed with another detachment of Seabees bound for
that last Japanese barrier -- Okinawa. Arriving 8 May in the area off "Green
" LST-786 unloaded her cargo under the constant threat
from enemy air raids
and sailed 20 May for the Philippines.
For the rest of the war
she shuttled troops and equipment among the Philippines
and to Okinawa
further strengthening the path to Japan. On 4 August
convoy was attacked by an enemy submarine which was sunk by Earle V.
Johnson (DE-703) after a 3-hour duel.
After V-J Day
LST-786 operated in the Far East. where she provided
transportation services for the occupation troops in Japan
The landing ship departed Sasebo 8 December and arrived San Francisco 14
January 1946. LST-786 decommissioned at Astoria
9 July 1946
and was assigned to the Pacific Reserve Fleet.
She was assigned the name Garrett County 1 July 1955. As the American
role in the Far East expanded
the need for landing craft increased to handle
the large buildup of U. S. forces in Vietnam. Garrett County recommissioned
15 October 1966 for service in the Pacific Fleet. Early in 1967 she sailed
for the Far East and for the next months operated off Vietnam supporting
the struggle to thwart Communist aggression in Southeast Asia.
LST-786 received one battle star for World War II service.
[Note: The above USS GARRETT COUNTY (LST-786) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS GARRETT COUNTY (LST-786) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]