USS Blanco County (LST-344)


USS Blanco County (LST-344) entering the Grand Harbour at Malta, c. 1957
Name: USS Blanco County (LST-344)
Namesake: Blanco County, Texas
Builder: Norfolk Navy Yard
Laid down: 18 October 1942
Launched: 15 December 1942
Commissioned: 14 January 1943
Decommissioned: 7 June 1946
Recommissioned: 5 January 1952
Decommissioned: 28 February 1956
Renamed: USS Blanco County (LST-344), 1 July 1955
Recommissioned: 9 June 1966
Decommissioned: 3 October 1969
Struck: 15 September 1974
Honours and
3 battle stars (WWII)
5 battle stars and Navy Unit Commendation (Vietnam)
Fate: Sold for scrapping, July 1975
General characteristics
Class & type: LST-1-class tank landing ship
Displacement: 1,625 long tons (1,651 t) light
4,080 long tons (4,145 t) full
Length: 328 ft (100 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft: Unloaded:
Bow: 2 ft 4 in (0.71 m)
Stern: 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m)
Loaded :
Bow: 8 ft 2 in (2.49 m)
Stern: 14 ft 1 in (4.29 m)
Depth: 8 ft (2.4 m) forward, 14 ft 4 in (4.37 m) aft (full load)
Propulsion: 2 General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
Two or six LCVPs
Troops: 14-16 officers, 131-147 enlisted men
Complement: 7-9 officers, 104-120 enlisted men
Armament: • 2 × twin 40 mm gun mounts w/Mk.51 directors
• 4 × single 40 mm gun mounts
• 12 × single 20 mm gun mounts

USS Blanco County (LST-344) was an LST-1-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during World War II. Named for Blanco County, Texas, she was the only U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name.

LST-344 was laid down on 18 October 1942 by the Norfolk Navy Yard; launched on 15 December 1942; sponsored by Mrs. H. H. Ward; and commissioned on 14 January 1943 with, Lieutenant Maurice G. Jackson, USNR, in command.

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USS Blanco County (LST-344) - Service History - Decommissioning and Sale, 1969–1975
... BlancoCounty earned three battle stars during World War II as LST-344 and the Navy Unit Commendation and five battle stars for service during the Vietnam War as BlancoCounty (L ... LST-344launching, 15 December 1942 ... Coleman, Aide to the Commandant, also on the platform LST-344 (left) and LST-338 (right) unloading troops and supplies on the Gela invasion beaches in Sicily on "D-Day" 10 July 1943 ...

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