oxymoron

oxymoron

Joined: April 21st, 2011, 1:28 pm

February 12th, 2012, 4:14 pm #1

Anyone remember the forgotten war or the Inchon Invasion?
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Joined: August 24th, 2003, 10:08 pm

February 12th, 2012, 7:20 pm #2

Have been thinking of doing a series on LSTs from various time periods, highlighting their service and crews, if possible. Want to include photos; the webmaster is working on this and I hope that they can fix this little glitch quickly. I miss seeing the photos others post too!
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Joined: April 21st, 2011, 1:28 pm

February 14th, 2012, 11:52 pm #3

two out of maybe 1000 in membership isn't all that bad.
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Joined: September 9th, 2010, 4:32 pm

February 15th, 2012, 4:00 pm #4

Anyone remember the forgotten war or the Inchon Invasion?
I can't say that I remember it as I was born in '51 but I do think of it & have read about it. I did have a cousin of my Mother's that fought there in the Marines.
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Joined: April 21st, 2011, 1:28 pm

February 15th, 2012, 6:55 pm #5

You are not in the minority. Sadly, out of sight, out of mind, unless brought to the attention of those who know nothing about the Korean War. Those visiting the LST 325 should be educated in that respect. The Memorial is suppose to represent LSTs of all wars. Although it is a LST built during WWII, there were over a thousand built back then and many of them served right on through WWI, into Korea, Vietnam and The Gulf War. Did you know that?
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Joined: September 9th, 2010, 4:32 pm

February 17th, 2012, 5:09 pm #6

I knew the LST's served up thru the Vietnam War but I didn't know into Gulf War I. I am a veteran age 60 but in the Air Force!
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Joined: September 14th, 2003, 9:51 pm

February 17th, 2012, 9:36 pm #7

The LST's that served in the Gulf War were not of the same design as the WWII, Korea, or Vietnam era LST's. They were 'Newport' Class LST's (of which only 20 were built). Although they had a tank deck (with a turntable so vehicles could drive on and then be turned around) - they did not have the same design of bow doors like the early ones. They had a set of big derrick boom arms out over the bow which supported a retractable 112 foot ramp. They did not have the blunt bow and were faster and they also had a stern gate and a bow thruster. The last of these was decommissioned in 2002. Here are a couple of links to that class of 'T' - with some pictures: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newport_cl ... nding_ship
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Frederick_(LST-1184)

Also - this web site is currently undergoing a makeover (after our efforts with local university students to do this last year faltered). The new web site will have pictures of the other classes of LST's, information about the different designs, and much more history about the LST's role in Korea, Vietnam, Cuban Missle Crisis, Serbia/Kosovo and peacetime.
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Joined: April 21st, 2011, 1:28 pm

February 18th, 2012, 2:43 pm #8

That they were of a different design isn't important. Every one built after the first one was launched more than likely had a newer design in some areas, still it was a LST. The fact that LSTs served during that time (as well as the other wars) is really the point I was making. I look forward to seeing this being promoted on the 325 website and onboard the ship itself.

SPARTANBURG COUNTY LST-1192 03 SEP - 23 MAR
SCHENECTADY County LST-1185 09 SEP - 10 OCT
SAN BERNADINO County LST-1189 09 SEP - 13 OCT
SAGINAW County LST-1188 06 SEP - 23 MAR
PEORIA County LST-1183 12 JAN - TBD
MANITOWAC County LST-1180 08 SEP - 23 MAR
LA MOURE COUNTY LST-1194 08 SEP - 14 MAR
FREDERICK LST-1184 12 JAN - TBD
CAYUGA County LST-1186 05 SEP - 08 NOV
BARBOUR COUNTY LST-1195 12 JAN - TBD
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Joined: April 29th, 2011, 1:52 am

February 19th, 2012, 3:14 am #9

I knew the LST's served up thru the Vietnam War but I didn't know into Gulf War I. I am a veteran age 60 but in the Air Force!
1179 class LST's did not "County" in the Name. (ie. Peoria was USS PEORIA LST1183 and the Schenectady was the USS Schenectady (LST 1185) etc.) WE could get 25 knots out of them with a 'clean bottom'and all six mains on the line. Watch the 'Economy Haze' as we kick up our heels.

In storms and typhoons they rode almost as poorly as the original LST's with the really flat bottoms. Unfortunately the support systems envisioned for these fast LST's was never developed beyond the drawing boards and the DOD and the Clinton administration killed the LST in favor of civilian ships. I have yet to see a civilian ship do a high speed run near the LOD offloading AmTracs and then doing a 270 degree loop and beach as the LVT's made it to the beach.
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Joined: April 29th, 2011, 1:52 am

February 20th, 2012, 4:38 pm #10

Some of the 1179 Class LST's did have COUNTY in the name. I correct myself.
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