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USS Monmouth County

USS Monmouth County (LST-1032) was an LST-542-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during World War II. Named after Monmouth County, New Jersey, she was the only U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name. The ship was launched on July 9, 1944, sponsored by Mrs. Jennie M. Kneeland, and commissioned on August 1, 1944 with Lieutenant J. M. Medina in command. The ship would take part in the assault on Iwo Jima. While debarking Marines there, on February 20, an enemy shell struck her bow, killing one marine and wounding nine. Despite this, rough seas, and stiff Japanese opposition, she completed debarking her troops and supplies on the 22nd, and proceeded to take part in the invasions of Saipan and Okinawa. Monmouth County recommissioned on 28 May 1963 as a unit of Reserve LST Squadron 2, based at Little Creek. She was placed into full commission on 21 December 1965, participating in the occupation of the Dominican Republic. LST-1032 received either two (Navsource) or four (DANFS) battle stars for World War II service. USS Monmouth County earned 11 Campaign Stars for Vietnam service.


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