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LST-1082

 

LST-1082 was laid down on 18 November 1944 at Ambridge, Pa., by the American Bridge Co.; launched on 26 January 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Stephen Anzia; and commissioned on 7 February 1945, Lt. John B. Cameron, USNR, in command.

 

During World War II, LST-1082 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in June 1945. Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East until early December 1945. She was decommissioned on 5 August 1946 and assigned to the Pacific Reserve Fleet. Recommissioned on 6 September 1950, she performed extensive service during the Korean War. The ship was redesignated Pitkin County (LST-1082) (q.v.) on 1 July 1955 for a county in Colorado. She was decommissioned once again on 1 September 1955 and reassigned to the Pacific Reserve Fleet. Recommissioned on 9 July 1966, Pitkin County operated in the Vietnam theater for the next five years. She was decommissioned for the last time on 1 September 1971.

 

LST-1082 earned one battle star for World War II service, four battle stars for Korean War service, and two awards of the Navy Unit Commendation, one award of the Meritorious Unit Commendation, and 10 battle stars for Vietnam War service.