USS LST-838 beached, date and place unknown
|Builder:||American Bridge Company, Ambridge, Pennsylvania|
|Laid down:||20 September 1944|
|Launched:||8 November 1944|
|Commissioned:||4 December 1944|
|Decommissioned:||7 August 1946|
|Renamed:||USS Hunterdon County (LST-838), 1 July 1955|
|Recommissioned:||10 September 1966|
|Decommissioned:||1 August 1974|
|Reclassified:||AGP-838 (Patrol Craft Tender), 1967|
|Struck:||1 August 1974|
|1 battle star (World War II)
7 battle stars, 2 Presidential Unit Citations, 4 Navy Unit Commendations (Vietnam)
|Fate:||Transferred to Malaysia, 1 August 1974|
|Name:||KD Sri Langkawi (A1500)|
|Acquired:||1 August 1974|
|Class and type:||LST-542-class tank landing ship|
|Displacement:||1,625 long tons
(1,651 t) light
4,080 long tons (4,145 t) full
|Length:||328 ft (100 m)|
|Beam:||50 ft (15 m)|
2 ft 4 in (0.71 m) forward
7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) aft
8 ft 2 in (2.49 m) forward
14 ft 1 in (4.29 m) aft
|Propulsion:||2 × General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders|
|Speed:||12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)|
|Boats and landing
|2 × LCVPs|
|Troops:||16 officers, 147 enlisted men|
|Complement:||7 officers, 104 enlisted men|
|Armament:||• 1 × single 3"/50 caliber gun mount
• 8 × 40 mm guns
• 12 × 20 mm guns
USS Hunterdon County (LST-838) was an LST-542-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during World War II. Named after Hunterdon County, New Jersey, she was the only U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name.
USS LST-838 was laid down on 20 September 1944 at Ambridge, Pennsylvania by the American Bridge Company; launched on 8 November 1944; sponsored by Miss Margaret Foster; and commissioned on 4 December 1944 with Lieutenant Allan T. Larkins, Jr., in command.
After shakedown off Florida, LST-838 loaded heavy construction equipment at New Orleans and departed on 5 January 1945. Loading troops and additional cargo at Pearl Harbor, the landing ship sailed to the Mariana Islands, arriving at Guam on 4 March. She unloaded her cargo, then steamed to Saipan where she loaded equipment and embarked units of the 130th Naval Construction Battalion for the invasion of Okinawa, sailing on 25 March.
LST-838 arrived off the southern Okinawa beaches on 1 April. Despite determined efforts by the enemy, Allied forces succeeded in securing a beachhead. On D-Day, after LST-884 was struck by a suicide plane, LST-838 recovered 79 survivors from the heavily damaged ship. The landing ship stood off the coast of Okinawa until 13 April when she approached Green Beach to discharge Seabees and construction equipment. The following day during one of the many raids she shot down a Japanese aircraft. Departing Okinawa on the 16th, LST-838 arrived at Ulithi six days later. For the rest of the war she transported men and equipment throughout the South and Western Pacific Islands.
Following the end of the war, LST-838 moved men and equipment to Japan for occupation duties. She remained in the Far East until 7 November, when she departed Yokohama for Guam; then embarked 544 Army veterans and steamed to the United States, arriving at San Francisco on 23 December.
She was decommissioned on 7 August 1946 and assigned to the Pacific Reserve Fleet. On 1 July 1955 she was redesignated USS Hunterdon County (LST-838).
Recommissioned on 10 September 1966 at the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, Hunterdon County saw extensive service during the Vietnam War. On 12 May 1970, it was the first U.S. Navy commissioned vessel to enter Cambodia, rearming and refueling helicopters that belonged to the U.S. Army and Navy, as well as the Air Force of the Republic of Vietnam. The ship was subsequently reclassified as Patrol Craft Tender USS Hunterdon County (AGP-838).
Transferred to Malaysia on 1 August 1974 under the Security Assistance Program, she was renamed KD Sri Langkawi (A1500) for service in the Royal Malaysian Navy, and struck from the Naval Vessel Register the same day. Her final fate is unknown.
LST-838 earned one battle star for World War II service. Additionally, Hunterdon County earned seven battle stars, two awards of the Presidential Unit Citation, and four awards of the Navy Unit Commendation for the Vietnam War.