USS HARNETT COUNTY (LST-821)
LST-821 was laid down by Missouri Valley Bridge Iron Works
19 September 1944
launched 27 October
sponsored by Mrs. Hugh Robertson
Sr.; placed in partial commission 14 November for the cruise down the Mississippi
River; and commissioned at New Orleans 22 November
Lt. C. J. Rudine in
After shakedown off Florida
LST-821 departed New Orleans 27 December
for the West Coast arriving San Diego 18 January 1945. Sailing on to San
Francisco and Pearl Harbor
where she loaded additional cargo
7 March. For the next 5 weeks she operated
in the vicinity of Entwetok
and Guam before sailing to Okinawa.
The campaign against the enemy-held fortress of Okinawa was well under way
when LST-821 arrived 18 April. Five days later she unloaded her cargo
and supplies off Ie Shima. On the 24th she embarked 183
men of' the 77th Infantry Division and transported them to the west coast
then returned to Ulithi 5 May for a short overhaul.
For the rest of the war she shuttled troops and equipment among the U.S.
bases in the Pacific
as American forces prepared for a possible assault
on the Japanese homeland. Japan's acceptance of Allied peace terms precluded
any invasion of Japan
and LST-821 continued operations with the
occupation forces in the Far East until 11 December when she sailed for
the United States.
The landing ship arrived San Diego 7 January 1946; sailed to Portland in
early April and decommissioned at Vancouver
8 July 1946. She remained
in the Pacific Reserve Fleet for the next 20 years
and was named Harnett
County 1 July 1955.
Harnett County recommissioned 20 August 1966 to help meet the large
and growing demand for ships in the Vietnam war. After shakedown training
off San Francisco Bay
she departed for duty with the Amphibious Force
that continued into 1967.
LST-821 received one battle star for World War II service.
[Note: The above USS HARNETT COUNTY (LST-821) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS HARNETT COUNTY (LST-821) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]