USS LST-689

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LST-689 unloading at sea, date and place unknown
History
US flag 48 stars.svgUnited States
Name: USS LST-689
Builder: Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Company, Jeffersonville, Indiana
Laid down: 11 January 1944
Launched: 9 March 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Edith C. Smith
Commissioned: 2 May 1944
Decommissioned: March 1946
Honors and
awards:
1 battle star (World War II)
Renamed: USS Daggett County (LST-689), 1 July 1955
Namesake: Daggett County, Utah
Struck: 1 October 1959
Fate: Transferred to Japan, 1961
Naval Ensign of Japan.svgJapan
Name: JDS Oosumi
Acquired: 1961
Fate: Transferred to the Philippines, 1975
Flag of the Philippines.svgPhilippines
Name: BRP Davao Oriental (LT-506)
Acquired: 1975
Fate: Sold for scrapping
General characteristics
Class and type: LST-542-classtank landing ship
Displacement:
  • 1,780 long tons (1,809 t) light
  • 3,640 long tons (3,698 t) full
Length: 328 ft (100 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft:
  • Unloaded :
  • 2 ft 4 in (0.71 m) forward
  • 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) aft
  • Loaded :
  • 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 & landing
craft carried:
2 LCVPs
Troops: Approximately 140 officers and enlisted men
Complement: 8-10 officers, 100-115 enlisted men
Armament:

USS LST-689 was an LST-542-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during World War II. Late in her career she was renamed Daggett County (LST-689)—after Daggett County, Utah, the only U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name—but never saw active service under that name.

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LST-689 was laid down on 11 January 1944 at Jeffersonville, Indiana by the Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Company; launched on 9 March 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Edith C. Smith; and commissioned on 2 May 1944 with Lieutenant F. D. McKay, USNR, in command.

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Service history

During World War II, LST-689 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the Leyte landings in October in the capture and occupation of the southern Palau Islands in September and October, 1944 and the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in April 1945. She was decommissioned on 26 November 1945 and struck from the Navy list on 5 December that same year. On 25 June 1946, the ship was sold to Arctic Circle Exploration, Inc., of Seattle, Washington.

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LST-689 off Angaur, with Tennessee and Minneapolis bombarding the island. Bombardment of Anguar.jpg
LST-689 off Angaur, with Tennessee and Minneapolis bombarding the island.

The tank landing ship performed no active post-World War II service. On 1 July 1955 the ship was redesignated USS Daggett County (LST-689); she was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 October 1959.

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USS Daggett County was transferred to Japan in 1961. Transferred to the Republic of the Philippines in 1975, and named BRP Davao Oriental (LT-506). She was sold for scrapping by the Philippine Navy.

LST-689 earned two battle stars for World War II service.

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