History of The USS Nye County (LST-1067)

April 18, 1999


LST-1067 was laid down at Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Mass., 24 January 1945. Launched 27 February 1945, and commissioned as LST-1067 24 March 1945, Lt. P. H. White in command.

Upon completing shakedown along the Virginia coast, LST-1067 sailed to Davisville, R.I. to load materials of war. Departing 16 May 1945 she steamed via the Panama Canal first to Pearl Harbor and then, with additional cargo, to Guam arriving 19 July. A second logistic voyage from the Hawaiian Islands to the Marianas occurred in the immediate aftermath of the Japanese surrender. She then embarked occupation forces at Leyte and landed them on Honshu, Japan, 2 November.

Turning eastward for the long trip to the States, LST-1067 arrived San Francisco 6 January 1946 and decommissioned at Portland, OR. 13 August 1946.

Named USS Nye County on 1 July 1955, the landing ship re-commissioned “in reserve” 22 May 1963, and was assigned to the newly created RESLSTRON 2 based at Little Creek, Va. The value of this squadron during the Dominican Republic crisis brought a full commissioning 21 December 1965 and new duties in the Western Pacific.

Though based at Sasebo, Japan, Nye County spent much time between April 1966-March 1967 offloading supplies at critical points along the central coast of South Vietnam. Ordered to Pusan, Korea, she decommissioned 27 March 1967 and was turned over to the Military Sea Transportation Service. Manned largely by a Korean crew, she continues to sail in Far Eastern waters in 1970.

Awards earned during the Vietnam War: Combat Action Ribbon, RVN Gallantry Cross with Palm, RVN Civil Action Medal, First Class, with Palm, RVN Campaign Medal with 60’s device and the Vietnam Service Medal with (2) Battle Stars.