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LST-583

 

LST-583 was laid down on 18 May 1944 at Evansville, Ind., by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 5 July 1944; sponsored by Mrs. D. C. Hollis; and commissioned on 2 August 1944, Lt. Philip E. Acker, USNR, in command.

 

During World War II, LST-583 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations:

 

Lingayen Gulf landing—January 1945

Zambales-Subic Bay—January 1945

Mindanao Island landings—March and April 1945

 

Following the war, LST-583 performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-December 1945. She was decommissioned in March 1946. The tank landing ship was named Churchill County (LST-583) on 1 July 1955 after a county in Nevada. The ship was recommissioned on 1 November 1960 and performed services for Commander, Amphibious Force, Atlantic Fleet, until she was again decommissioned in September 1968.

 

LST-583 earned three battle stars for World War II service.