Trivia

Trivia

Joined: March 14th, 2006, 2:01 am

December 8th, 2006, 10:02 pm #1

For you trivia buffs, the following: In the 1950 movie,The Halls of Montezuma, staring Richard Widmark, U.S. Marines are transported to a Pacific island aboard a LST. What was this LST's hull number and eventually the ship's name under U.S. ownership? And why did I say "eventually the ship's name?"
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Joined: December 18th, 2004, 5:09 pm

December 9th, 2006, 4:15 am #2

Bob:

I just recently watched that movie. It was on AMC on Veterans Day. I remember the great shots of the LST -- it got a lot of screen time -- but I don't remember the number.

If memory serves, I think Richard Widmark and his fellow Marines where taken ashore out of the bow doors of the LST on an LVT amphibious tank like Tom Price's tank we had here for LST Week 2006.

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Joined: March 14th, 2006, 2:01 am

December 9th, 2006, 5:33 am #3

You're right, Mike, but I want to give others a chance to answer before I respond. The vehicle used to transport the Marines to the beach was a different model than our LVT. It was referred to as an Amtrac
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December 11th, 2006, 4:45 pm #4

For you trivia buffs, the following: In the 1950 movie,The Halls of Montezuma, staring Richard Widmark, U.S. Marines are transported to a Pacific island aboard a LST. What was this LST's hull number and eventually the ship's name under U.S. ownership? And why did I say "eventually the ship's name?"
Answer: LST 1123, Sedgwick County. The movie, "The Halls of Montezuma," was produced in 1950. LST 1123 did not receive her name (Sedgwick Co.) until 1 July, 1955.
Ship's History: 542-Class Tank Landing Ship. Laid down 1 Nov., 1944, by Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL. Launched 29 Jan., 1945. Commissioned U.S.S. LST 1123, 19 Feb., 1945. Named U.S.S. Sedgwick County (LST 1123), 1 July, 1955. Decommissioned 9 Sept., 1955 at Astoria, OR. Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego, CA. Recommissioned 4 June, 1966, at San Diego, CA. Decommissioned 6 Dec., 1969, at Naval Station Guam. Towed to Mare Island in 1970 for lay up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Mare Island Group. Struck from the Naval Register 15 May, 1975. Sold under the terms of the Security Assistance Program to Malaysia, 1 Aug., 1976. Renamed Rajah Jaro (A-1502), as of 1999 serving as a stationary tender to small craft. Final disposition: fate unknown.
LST 1123 earned six campaign ribbons for operations during the Korean Conflict and as Sedgwick County (LST 1123), six campaign ribbons for Vietnam service. She was also awarded the Combat Action Ribbon and the Presidential Unit Citation for a total of 14 awards.
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