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USS Ouachita County (LST-1071)
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Name: USS LST-1071
Builder: Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Massachusetts
Laid down: 13 February 1945
Launched: 14 March 1945
Commissioned: 9 April 1945
Decommissioned: 10 June 1946
Recommissioned: 3 January 1951
Decommissioned: 15 February 1956
Renamed: USS Ouachita County (LST-1071), 1 July 1955
Struck: 1 November 1959
Fate: Unknown
General characteristics
Class & type: LST-542-class tank landing ship
Displacement: 1,625 long tons (1,651 t) light
3,640 long tons (3,698 t) full
Length: 328 ft (100 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft: Unloaded :
2 ft 4 in (0.71 m) forward
7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) aft
Loaded :
8 ft 2 in (2.49 m) forward
14 ft 1 in (4.29 m) aft
Propulsion: 2 × General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
2 or 6 × LCVPs
Troops: Approximately 130 officers and enlisted men
Complement: 8–10 officers, 89–100 enlisted men
Armament: • 8 × 40 mm guns
• 12 × 20 mm guns

USS Ouachita County (LST-1071) was an LST-542-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during World War II. Named for Ouachita County, Arkansas, she was the only U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name.

Originally laid down as LST-1071 on 13 February 1945 by the Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc. of Hingham, Massachusetts; launched on 14 March 1945; and commissioned on 9 April 1945 with Lieutenant W. C. Scott in command.

Service historyEdit

World War II, 1945Edit

Following shakedown in Chesapeake Bay, LST–1071 steamed north to New York where she took on pontoon gear, LCT sections and LCT personnel. On 27 May 1945 she departed the East Coast for the Panama Canal and Pearl Harbor where she exchanged her LCT cargo and passengers for one complete LCT and Army troops bound for Guam. There, at that Marianas island when World War II ended, she took on 139th Construction Battalion personnel and sailed for Saipan and Okinawa.

Post-war activities, 1945–1946Edit

On 14 September she steamed into Tokyo Bay, from the Ryūkyūs, with Fifth Air Force units en route to occupation duty on Honshū. She completed another Okinawa/Japan run for the Air Force, then steamed to Leyte, whence she carried IX Corps units to Aomori, Japan. Army cargo shuttles in Japanese waters were followed in December by orders to Saipan. From there, on the 27th, she headed back to the United States.

LST–1071 arrived at San Diego on 5 February 1946. On the 10th she moved north to San Francisco, and on the 25th to Portland, Oregon for inactivation. There the LST decommissioned on 10 June 1946 and joined the Pacific Reserve Fleet.

Atlantic Fleet, 1951–1955Edit

LST–1071 recommissioned on 3 January 1951. Following shakedown and cargo runs along the California coast, she sailed for the East Coast, arriving at Norfolk, Virginia on 15 June. The LST then commenced operations out of Little Creek, Virginia as a unit of LST Flotilla 2, Atlantic Fleet. For the next four years, she conducted amphibious exercises along the mid-Atlantic coast and at Puerto Rico, and carried Army personnel and supplies to Labrador and Newfoundland. Named USS Ouachita County (LST-1071) on 1 July 1955, she returned from her last voyage in Canadian waters in September and, in November, steamed to Brooklyn for inactivation overhaul.

DecommissioningEdit

With the new year, 1956, she steamed south to Green Cove Springs, Florida, arriving on 31 January and decommissioning on 15 February. She remained there, berthed as a unit of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet until struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 November 1959. Her final fate is unknown.

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