USS JEROME COUNTY (LST-848)
LST-848 was laid down by the American Bridge Co.
Pa. 6 November 1944; launched 21 December; sponsored by Mrs. F. D. Porter; and commissioned 20 January 1945
Lt. R. P. Bentley in command.
Following shakedown off Florida
LST-848 departed New Orleans 24 February for the Pacific. After touching Balboa
and West Coast ports
she proceeded to Hawaii
arriving Kalua Harbor 9 April. For the next 6 weeks
she engaged in amphibious exercises in the Hawaiian Islands before sailing to the Marianas.
Arriving Guam 11 June
LST-848 shuttled troops and equipment from the Marianas to Okinawa for the duration of World War II. When Japan accepted Allied peace terms
thereby ending the war
the landing ship was assigned to transport occupation forces in the Far East. Operating between the Philippines and Japan
LST-848 carried troops
and cargo to support American forces in the Pacific.
She departed Japan in early December and
after stays at Saipan and Pearl Harbor
arrived San Francisco 11 February 1946. Following operations along the West Coast
she sailed to Astoria
early in April and decommissioned at Vancouver
10 August 1946. While berthed with the Columbia River group
Pacific Reserve Fleet
LST-848 was named Jerome County 1 July 1955.
Jerome County recommissioned 7 December 1959
Lt. Kenneth H. Ruecker in command; then completed a shakedown along the Pacific coast. On 14 May 1960 she departed San Pedro for mid-Pacific missile operations out of Midway Island. After 5 months in support of the U.S. missile program
she returned San Diego late October.
Jerome County participated in amphibious training exercises along the California coast; then on 12 January 1962 she sailed for the mid-Pacific. Assigned to Operation "Dominic
" she performed weather studies
and communications during the U.S. nuclear tests of that year. The veteran LST returned San Diego 18 August to resume amphibious training exercises.
From August 1962 until August 1965
Jerome County usually operated along the West Coast in addition to two mid-Pacific deployments. Following the increased American commitment to assist the South Vietnamese government in their struggle against Communist aggression
Jerome County sailed for Southeast Asia 10 August 1965. Arriving Chu Lai
she supported U.S. operations in Asia for the next 3 months. The landing ship returned San Diego 22 December.
Jerome County sailed again for the Far East 3 March 1966 and arrived Da Nang
8 April. She unloaded her cargo and continued shuttling supplies
and equipment in and out of the war zone until departing Subic Bay 1 September for home. She arrived San Diego 13 October and operated along the West Coast for the remainder of the year and into 1967 preparing for future action.
[Note: The above USS JEROME COUNTY (LST-848) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS JEROME COUNTY (LST-848) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]