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Carolinas State LST Chapter
Shipmates of LST, LSM, LCT, LCM, and other Amphibs
Memberships available all eras WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf
Members from along the eastern states as well as the midwest.
Annual Reunions ..... Next Reunion 2008
Join today and meet former Amphibious shipmates!!
E-mail Buddy@LST1126.com            

A Doctor's viewpoint
Make Mine Black
U.S.S. Snohomish County - LST 1126
Twenty five continuous years of United States Navy
service, answering the call, completing every task,
ever ordered, every time.

Proudly serving in peacetime and through three wars
World War II - Korea - Vietnam
Sometimes the weather and waters were not very friendly, and things broke. Like the upper tip of the mast that got a dose of whiplash and broke above the yardarm during a typhoon in 1954. The path of of this typhoon is shown in the tracking figure. (upper right). You can see by the large ship's photo above how it looked before breaking.
Since we had left Okinawa and were headed to Korea, we stayed within it's turbulance a pretty good while until it passed on by.
     During World War Two it was decided by the Allies that a new type of ship was needed for amphibious warfare. Thus were the LST (Landing Ship Tank) and other similar ships and boats designed, built and the amphibious war implemented. Over 1000 of these type vessels were built during World War Two and used extensively in the "D" Day invasion of Normandy in 1944 and subsequently throughout the European theater. They were also used with great success island hopping on the beaches of Okinawa, Iwo Jima, and many other islands during the Pacific theater. The shallow draft of these vessels allowed for the "beachings" where troops, supplies, ammunition, equipment, tanks, trucks, jeeps, water and fuel trailers, and even freight cars rolled out of  the opening on the bow of the ship, down the ramp, and onto the beachhead, sometimes over pontoons that had been delivered and placed there when needed.

    Many of these ships had short lives, and were left on foreign beaches, rocks, sandbars, or on the bottom of the seas where they met their fate by torpedoes, mines, bombs, or Kamakize aircraft diving into them. Others returned home to the United States, war weary and were de-commissioned immediately. Several were given to the various Allies, and others decomissioned and put into mothball fleets. Several were returned later to commission for the Korean War and participated in the Invasion of Inchon, Korea. Also, many were recommissioned and used extensively in the Vietnam War delivering men and equipment, patrolling, acting as"Mother ships" for Swift boats, small patrol boats, helicopters and their troops. These Mother Ship LST's provided a nesting area for the small crafts to replenish their ammunition, take on fuel, and needed supplies, make repairs and perform maintenance while alongside the LST.
In the mid 50's new, larger, faster LST's were built. They were fondly called the "Super T"                   because of their added length and speed. Still, they were of the basic shallow design which had served so well in previous years. These Super T's served well in Vietnam as well as in the Atlantic Fleet during the Cuban crisis.

In the early 70's a "New Designed LST                    
was built which had a dramatically different look with it's bow and ramp configuation. These new looks included a more pointed bow, protruding ramp structure and a stern disembarking dock. These newer LST's served well in Vietnam and with the Atlantic Fleet in the Gulf War during 1990.
WWII and Amphibious Warfare- how it began
The amphibious ships that helped win the war.
This website is specifically about the
USS Snohomish County - LST 1126
which served 25 continous years
in the United States Navy (1945-1970),
but it's also about Amphibious ships in general,
their shipmates and experiences.
At start up there was little information about the early years of the ship in my files. I was fortunate enough to befriend a Plank Owner Ed Dahlin,  who rode the ship down the rivers to New Orleans where it was commisssioned. I had written an article for the US LST Scuttlebutt which he read.  I encouraged him to write his story and helped him in getting it started from an old typewritten file he had started years ago. His story is posted within this site and his photo taken in 1999 before he passed away. He was honest and open in his writing and in places it's a bit salty, but I wouldn't change a bit of it in respect for this man of the Greatest Generation.
1945 - 1947 The Early years WWII
1950 - Korean War
1965-1967 WESPAC - Vietnam
1954 - 1959 WESPAC - Hong Kong
Here's that loathsome and offensive Brute
USS Snohomish County LST 1126
1947 - 1950 WESPAC - Alaska
1959 - 1964 WESPAC - Marshalls
1967 - 1968 WESPAC - Vietnam
USS LST Memorial
LST 325 Website
Mail Buoy-International Date line
Favorite LST Websites
1969 - 1970 WESPAC - Vietnam
What's in a Name ??
Up the Down Gangplank
The Long Journey to obtain
a Memorial LST
This new "Tripod" type mast was installed after I left in 1957.  Do you know when this was installed? I'd like to insert the date in the History section.
       E-mail if me you know.
Please, if you were a shipmate of the Snohomish County LST 1126, contact me so I can insert your name on the shipmates list
Snohomish County Historical Website
of USS Snohomish County LST 1126
You've heard the phrase
"You call - We haul"
Here's the story on it.
A Former WWII LST 1126 Shipmate
now a Famous Artist at his
WHITEHORSE Gallery              
The above "Peace Crane" was donated to the Watertown High School, WI for their Peace Garden in memory of a talented teacher Amy Syth.
Admiral Dan McCarthy

A former Snohomish County shipmate now retired from the United States Navy.
Check out the 1969-1970 years
USS Page County LST 1076                              USS Caroline County LST 525
(Photos from Navsource.org)
What do the above LST's have in common with the
Snohomish County LST 1126 ??

Read about it on the 1969-1970 years section
What do you do when your ship's membership
becomes too small for
a reunion??
Ever wonder what happened to your LST when another country took it over? Here's some information on a few in Taiwan.
Let me get this straight now .... your're gonna gather a bunch of senior citizens who were former sailors 60 years ago, your're gonna go to Greece and pick up this 60 year old ship and bring it back to the United States and travel around the waters and oceans of the United States to show it off?  Oh, you say it has all the comforts of home, a kitchen, a place to sleep some old, but dependable engines and generators you can make operate even though you don't have all the parts, and the gyro is broke?
You better believe it, and now you can see this ship in it's new
Home Port at Evansville, Indiana and even on Webcam on your own computer.
1951 - 1953  Alaska - Marshalls
Amphibious Tanks (AMTRAKS) could also be off loaded at sea from LST's and proceed on their own power to the beaches.
Bringing home the bacon, troops, equipment and supplies during peactime and throughout three wars to where ever needed.
LST 325 East Coast Tour 2005
USS Snohomish County LST 1126
2007 Reunion

Some photos and information about
The New Modern Navy
( o
r how they do it withour LST's )
Previous Guestbook signers
Carolinas LST State Chapter Membership Application
Print out, Use your Back button to return
Carolinas LST State Chapter Page
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Sometimes there's a photo behind a photo, so run your mouse over each photo to see what may be behind it.
There's an ongoing saga of an old, old ship that helped win World War Two.  It was saved from the scrap yard in Greece by a group of dedicated sailors with the support of
thousands of veterans and corporations.
Read on, visit their website, and give your support. 

( http://www.LSTmemorial.org )

All ground operations in World War II began with
amphibious assaults. The first, made in August 1942 at Guadalcanal, was a defensive operation designed to seize the island in order to halt the Japanese thrust into the Solomons. It was followed in November by landings in North Africa. Amphibious operations in Europe included the assault on Sicily in July 1943, the cross-Channel invasion of Normandy in June 1944, and the movement into southern France in August
Sure you remember
or at least you should!!
Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941
Normandy Invasion June 6, 1944
But did you know the first Amphibious invasion was in the Pacific 1942?
Company Commander BM Chief Cleary: "Get your little diddy bag with all your dirty laundry, get your little bucket and soap, go out to the wash bay and wash those dirty clothes ...
Now dammit, that ain't hard!!"
That final caption followed just about every command he gave when he felt you needed a little prodding. When you heard that, you double timed whatever you were doing!!!
WWII Coast Guard Photos       
They rode the same kinds of ships, hit the same beaches and carried the same kinds of cargo and troops that the regular Navy did, and did it well.
        Visit the
New Coast Guard Website. Use your "Back" Button to return.           http://www.coastguardchannel.com
Dugan and Lemon
WWII crewmen of LST 1126
More photos and histoty below (1945-1947)
Photo furnish by McGuinn
Free Reunion advertising for your ship or military group.
USS Snohomish County LST 1126
plaque donated by Ted Whittlesey,
a former officer on the ship  (1961-1962)
A tag showing him as the donor
has been placed on the back.
Run your mouse over the Plaque photo.
Dark day at Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941
Many shipmates of the ship have submitted stories, experiences, and photographs for publishing on the website. They are in various areas of the website. If you have anything to contribute, please get in touch with me. It's been long enough now you can spill the beans on your shipmates and/or yourself without fear of losing a stripe or friend.
E-mail me at
General Michael E. McGuinn, III

A former shipmate of the
LST 1126 during WWII.
Continuing to serve with the
Georgia State Defense Force.

(Read more in the "Early Years" section)
This is the tracking of the Typhoon the LST 1126 encounter in 1954 enroute from Okinawa to Korea. It was "KINDA" in our way a long time ... much, much too long a time...
Mail and Movies run almost daily, when in port that is. No matter what port you were entering, it was always a relief to be sitting still for a while.
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Thanks Y'all, for attending.
Photo from Ken Malmberg
2007 LST 1126 Ship's Reunion Photos
More Photos of
2007 Ship's Reunion
In 1969 the LST 1126 and LST 525 did a swap of crews and ships. After that exchange, the LST 525 was brought back to the US, spent a couple of months in San Diego, then transited  the Panama Canal  and on to Orange, Texas where it was decomissioned. Jeffery Keck was a shipmate who made this trip and furnished these photos of the ship going through the locks of the Panama Canal.
                                         Click here to view those photos.
Asbestos related diseases and Respiratory problems you may have had or may be experencing could be related to your service on the
USS Snohomish County - LST 1126.

The ship was built during a time when asbestos was used extensively as insulation for pipes, air ducts, and gaskets. If you served on the ship during it's 25 years of service, it is possible you were somehow contaminated with it in your job or by just being in or around it on the ship. It was used almost everywhere on the ship. Even if you have not yet had any signs of asbestos related problems, you should let your doctor know you were around it during your Navy service on the ship. He could then watch for any signs of a problem that may show up later on.

There is a website listed below with plenty of information concerning this and the assistance you may obtain if it is related to your Navy Service or from other sources.
Visit the site below:

Do yourself a favor and just visit the site and look it over. Spread the word to other shipmates you know.