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LST-1032

 

LST-1032 was laid down on 9 June 1944 by the Boston Navy Yard; launched on 9 July 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Jennie M. Kneeland; and commissioned on 1 August 1944, Lt. J. M. Medina in command.

 

During World War II, LST-1032 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Iwo Jima in February 1945 and the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto from April through June 1945. Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East until late October 1945. On 1 July 1955, she was redesignated Monmouth County (LST-1032) (q.v.) after a county in New Jersey. The ship was decommissioned on 14 November 1955 and assigned to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. Monmouth County was recommissioned on 28 May 1963 and performed extensive service during the Vietnam War. Decommissioned again in 1970, Monmouth County was struck from the Navy list on 12 August 1970.

 

LST-1032 earned two battle stars for World War II service and one award of the Navy Unit Commendation, one award of the Meritorious Unit Commendation, and 11 battle stars for the Vietnam War.