LST-859 Lafayette County


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Entry: 92382
Subject: AIR FORCE ON LST 859

Norman Van Huff wrote on December 13, 2015


City and State:

Unit: TINKER AFB MOBILE WEATHER GROUP

Service or Relationship: Air Force Veteran

Comments: I spent 68 days on the LST 859 starting around January 1951 from Pearl Harbor heading for the island of Nauru. I was on one of four weather teams that collected data during the atom bomb tests at Eniwetok (Operation Greenhouse). The 859 dropped us off on our islands and then apparently rested near the bomb site. After the tests, the 859 retraced her journey and returned us to Pearl Harbor about July of 1951. I remember someone saying we were going to have a speed run back to Hawaii- I think we did about 6 knots and hour. The navy/air force relations started out a little tense until we found out what had happened to them at the Inchon invasion. Then we all shared duties including Sweepers man your brooms- Clean sweep down fore and aft. Norm Van Huff now 85.

Keywords: LST 859, Operation Greenhouse



Entry: 92357
Subject: KOREANPROJECT

William Earlywine wrote on December 8, 2015


City and State: ACWORTH GA

Unit: RADIO SHACK

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was their when the coke machine fell overboard in pearl. Also for our 28 day trip from Japan to hawaii

Keywords: Ensign Graves you have the helm, our infamous return to pearl when we had a little collision with a mustang captain



Entry: 91071
Subject: GOLD STAR ON THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL

Thomas E. (T.E.) Moore wrote on April 28, 2015


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: A Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of The Bronze Star Medal was awarded to Lt. Leland
Tinsley, USN, CO of the USS Lafayette County LST-859, for heroic actions against enemy forces during the Amphibious Assault at Inchon, Korea, 15 and 16, Sept. 1950.

Keywords: Korean War --- Red Beach --- 15 & 16, Sept. 1950 --- KIA-SN. Bruce E. Scott,Jr. --- Hit by enemy
fire from Observatory Hill --- USS Lafayette County-LST-859 --- N U C --- 6-Korean War Battle
Stars.



Entry: 86533
Subject: KOREAN PROGECT

Jo Ann Honea wrote on June 17, 2013


City and State: ANDERSON SC

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My husband was an ENC working in the engine room from 1948-1951.
Where is his ship now? I would appreciate any information you
could give me regardihg this. Thanks!

Keywords:



Entry: 84286
Subject: SERVED FROM 1954 TO 1955

Edmond Broussard SR. wrote on September 28, 2012


City and State: NEW IBERIA LO

Unit: USS LST 859

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: I served after the invasion Martin Lee Broussard



Entry: 81472
Subject: CAPTAIN TINSLEY, USS LST-859 1950-51

John Kelly wrote on December 26, 2011


City and State: MCLEAN VA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran

Comments: Sailors: I found your site while searching for
information about the USS LST 859, whose skipper, Capt
Tinsley, was father of a school mate of mine at the
time (1950-51-52). I found some very interesting
stuff about the landing at Inchon, of which I was
already aware, though not the details. Willis showed
me his father's Bronze Star, which he had given to
Willis. I hoped that
some reader would remember Capt Tinsley and tell me
more about him. I haven't seen my school chum, Willis
Tinsley, since about 1952. My pal and I visited the
ship when it was in the V piers in Pearl Harbor (we
lived just outside the barbed wire), and at that
particular time there was a bunch of USAF personnel
aboard, including a captain. I don't quite remember
where they were going. Capt. Tinsley asked the Air
Force captain to take us for a boat ride using one of
the ship's boats. I thought that was pretty unusual;
an Air Force captain running a tactical boat around
Pearl Harbor. From something I found in your site I
think the occasion was a nuclear test at Eniwetok
Atoll, but am not sure.
I would love to read anything further about the ship
or her captain.
My H.S. sweetheart's stepfather, Joe Cooper, was a CS2
aboard another LST out of Pearl Harbor in 1957-59.
Sorry I don't know which one (I may never have known;
he have a very low opinion of me).

Keywords: Pearl Harbor
U.S. Merchant Marine
1st Bn, 5th Marines



Entry: 80606
Subject: USS 859

Rose Marie (Rosie) Myers wrote on October 6, 2011


City and State: FORT THOMAS KY

Unit: 3C

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: FRIENDS JOHN SHOCK RALPH MARSHRUSH BOB J TRINDEL
E.F.MORRIS JACK DANIELS CHUCK BAKER HAVE PICTURES OF
THEM ALSO A GROUP PICTURE OF CREW . ALSO A PAMPLET
WITH WHAT GEORGE AN OTHER MEN DID TO MAKING A
SANCTURAY LAMP IN THE CATHOLIC RELIGION LAMP HAS RED
GLASS IN IT IT WAS MADE ON SHIP BY SPAR PARTS IT WAS
MADE WITH A 4TO5 INCH BRASS SHELL . THERE IS MORE BUT
TO LONG TO TELL SO IF ANYONE NEEDS GROUP CREW PICTURE
ICAN HAVE IT MADE FOR YOU OR THE PAMPLETS WE RECEIVED
WHEN GEORGE PASSED AWAY DEC 23 1977 WE MISS HIM .
ROSIE



Entry: 72424
Subject: USS LST-859

Thomas E. (T.E.) Moore wrote on November 19, 2009


City and State: ESTERO FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: USS LST-859, A 511-CLASS TANK LANDING SHIP, SHE WAS
COMMISSIONED ON 6,JAN.,1945, AT ALGIERS,LA. THE SHIP
WAS 328-FOOT IN LENGTH, AND HAD A 50 FOOT BEAM. THE
USS LST-859 SAILED WITH LT. DANIEL D.KIPNIS IN COMMAND, AND WAS ASSIGNED TO THE ASIATIC-PACIFIC THEATER. AT THE OUTBREAK OF THE "KOREAN WAR" IN JUNE,1950, THE USS LST-859 DEPARTED PEARL HARBOR FOR
THE FAR EAST. THE SHIP WAS PLACED IN TASK FORCE-90,
COMMANDED BY REAR ADM. JAMES H.DOYLE,TRACTOR GROUP-90.3,TASK ELEMENT-90.32, AND SORTIED IN CONVOY,10,SEPT.1950, AND ARRIVED OFF INCHON,KOREA ON
15,SEPT.1950, FOR THE INVASION AT INCHON,SOUTH KOREA,
WHICH WAS THE SPEARHEAD OF THE U.N.COUNTER-OFFENSIVE
AGAINST THE COMMUNIST TROOPS FROM NORTH KOREA,NKPA(THE
ENEMY). THE NKPA GARRISON AT INCHON WAS COMPOSED OF THE 226TH. MARINES, AND THE 918TH.NKPA COASTAL ARTILLERY REGIMENT. USS LST-859 WAS TO LAND AT "RED
BEACH". THE SHIP HAD TO COME IN ON THE HIGH TIDE.
WHEN THE TIDE WENT OUT, THEY WERE BEACHED IN THE MUD,
UNDER NKPA FIRE, AND COULD "NOT" CLEAR THE BEACH UNTIL
HIGH TIDE, EARLY 16,SEPT.1950. AMONG THE REST OF THE U.N.FLEET AT INCHON ON 15,SEPT.1950,THERE WERE; 30
(SCAJAP)LST'S,ONE LSM (LSM-419-C.O.-LT. JOHN R. BRADLEY), AND 17 US NAVY LST'S; 611-715-742-802-845-
1048-1123-1134-1138-857-859-898-914-973-799-883, AND
975.AT 1630 THE USS LST-859 WAS THE FIRST LST TO CROSS
THE LINE OF DEPARTURE FOR "RED BEACH", SHE WAS FOLLOWED AT FIVE-MINUTE INTERVALS BY HER SEVEN SISTERS. THE SECOND LST TO CROSS THE LINE OF DEPARTURE
WAS USS LST-975-C.O.-LT.ARNOLD W. HARRE. USS LST-859
SKIPPER, LT.LELAND TINSLEY KNEW IT WOULD BE A DIFFICULT APPROACH. WHAT HE SAW AHEAD OF HIM HEIGHTENED HIS ANIXIETY. NKPA GUN FLASHES FROM THE BATTLE AT "CEMETERY HILL"DOMINATED THE NORTH END OF RED BEACH. USS LST-859 TOOK FIRE FROM NKPA GUNNERS ON
"OBSERVATORY HILL", WITH BULLETS CLANGING ONTO THE
SHIP'S SUPERSTRUCTURE WHILE GOING IN TO RED BEACH, AND
SN.BRUCE ERWIN SCOTT JR., OF TAMPA,FL, WAS KIA BY WOUNDS TO HIS HEAD. USS LST-914,C.O.-LT.RALPH L.HOLZHAUG, WAS HIT BY NKPA GUN FIRE, FIRE BLAZED
AMONG AMMUNITION TRUCKS ON BOARD, BUT WAS BROUGHT
UNDER CONTROL BY THE CREW, AND USS LST-857-C.O.-LT.
DICK WEIDEMEYER, HAD DRUMS OF GASOLINE HOLED BY NKPA
GUNNERS, AND THE DECK RAN FULL OF VOLATILE FUEL, THE
CREW AND CO2 SAVED THE DAY FOR THE SHIP AND CREW, AND
SA.CHARLES EDWARD RICKLEFS, OF GRAND RAPIDS,IA, WAS
KIA BY AN NKPA MISSILE. USS LST-799-C.O.-LT.TRUMOND
E.HOUSTON, X.O.-LT.EDWIN J.HAUBER, WITH THE HELP OF
LT.(jg)LESLIE H. JOSLIN-(MCS), AND THE CREW SET UP
AN "OPERATING ROOM"ON BOARD, WITH AN OPERATING TABLE
AND TOOLS ETC., THAT THEY SCROUNGED. AT RED BEACH, 74
WOUNDED MEN WERE TREATED IN THAT OPERATING ROOM ON
BOARD. THE USS LST-859 CLOSED RED BEACH. SHE DEBARKED
ASSAULT TROOPS, AND UNLOADED VITAL SUPPORT EQUIPMENT,
UNDER NKPA HEAVY GUN FIRE, AND WAS A HIGH AND DRY
SETTING DUCK IN THE MUD, UNTIL HIGH TIDE EARLY 16,SEPT.1950. FOR DARING BRAVERY, AND HEROIC PERFORMANCE OF DUTY ON RED BEACH, THE GALLANT, AND
AGGRESSIVE LANDING SHIP TANKS OF TASK-ELEMENT-90.32
(INCLUDING THE LST-859), RECEIVED "THE NAVY UNIT
COMMENDATION". FROM 1950 TO 1953 THE USS LST-859
SUPPORTED U.N. FORCES IN THE KOREAN WAR, CARRYING
SEABORNE SUPPLYS FROM SASEBO,JAPAN TO U.N. FORCES ON
THE KOREAN PENINSULA. IN 1951 THE SHIP WAS IN "OPERATION GREENHOUSE", ATMOSPHERIC NUCLEAR TESTS
AT ENEWETAK ATOOL, IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN, AT BERTH-C-2,
200 YARDS WEST OF PARRY ISLAND, WHEN SHOT "DOG" WAS
DETONATED. THE SHIP WAS NAMED; LAFAYETTE COUNTY(LST-859) ON 1,JULY,1955. THE SHIP WAS DECOMMISSIONED,15,
AUG.1958 AT PEARL HARBOR, AND WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE
CUSTODY OF THE "REPUBLIC OF CHINA". SHE NOW SERVES
THE CHINESE NATIONALIST NAVY AS CHUNG CHENG(LST-224).
USS LST-859 RECEIVED ONE BATTLE STAR FOR WWII SERVICE,
AND SIX BATTLE STARS FOR KOREAN WAR SERVICE.

Keywords: SKIPPER,LT.LELAND TINSLEY------TASK-FORCE-90,REAR ADM.
JAMES H. DOYLE----"THE NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION"



Entry: 72421
Subject: WEBPAGE NOT WORKING-TEST-

Thomas E. (T.E.) Moore wrote on November 19, 2009


City and State: ESTERO FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: 15,SEPT.1950----INCHON LANDING----RED BEACH----
OBSERVATORY HILL----SN.BRUCE ERWIN SCOTT JR.



Entry: 46378
Subject: INFORMATION ON FATHER

Michael Nores wrote on October 19, 2004


City and State: ROSEBURG OR

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: my dad was asigned to uss LST 859 on 01-03-49 thru at least 03-23-50. His name was Edgar Paul Nores. He was an ENC and mainly worked in the engine rooms. I am looking for any information on him,ship history,and crew members. Thank you.

Michael Nores

Keywords: world war II duty of my father



Entry: 44307
Subject: DOES ANY ONE KNOW WHO WAS THE CO OF 859 AT THE TIME OF THE INCHON LANDINGS

David Lederman wrote on July 6, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: LAUREL MD

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: looking to conferm if a famliy member was the commander of the 859 at the time of the inchon landings i was told that the 859 was the first to hit the beach is that ture. any info anyone could tell me would be great .my brothers and family would like to know more about our grandfather

Keywords: inchon landing



Entry: 43917
Subject: LOOKING FOR SHIPMATES ABOARD LST 859 DURING 1953-1954

Gary Krotzer wrote on June 19, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: INGLEWOOD CA

Unit: COMSERVPACK

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I am looking for anybody who would remembers our times aboard uss LST 859.

Keywords: friend: william lo



Entry: 38270
Subject: LST 859 INCHON INVASION

Ron Blair wrote on November 12, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father served on LST 859 during the invasion of Inchon. He was loading a 50 mm gun when he noticed mortar fire coming from a white church on a hill. He knew that the next round was going to land on the LST when he notified the gunner who immediately swung his gun toward the church and began firing rounds. Just in time, the church went up in flames and enemy amunition blew up with massive explosions, saving the LST.
I am a writer doing research for my next book, "The Invasion of Inchon Korea".
I wish to interview anyone who served on LST 859 or any other veteran who wishes to tell me of their experience during the Inchon campaign. From what I can tell so far, the invasion of Inchon was anything but a cake walk for the US military, and that there were more casualties than has been reported. However, it was indeed the Navy and Marines's finest hour. Please help me accumulate the many stories so that we can justly honor these brave men of the forgotten war.

Keywords: Navy LST 859 Inchon invasion Paul Blair



Entry: 35287
Subject: REUNION FOR LST-859

James Adams wrote on July 6, 2003


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Is there a reunion planned?

Keywords: LST-859



Entry: 33210
Subject: LST 157 OR LST 159 USS KING COUNTY OR USS LAFEYETTE COUNTY

Lee Camp wrote on March 30, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State: BOILING SPRINGS SC

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Looking for anyone that might have served on the above ships in the Korean War with my Dad, Lee Camp in the years 1950-1952.

Keywords:



Entry: 30411
Subject: DID ANYONE KNOW MILTON WHITLEY

Gray McDonald wrote on December 15, 2002

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Hi,
I'm looking for folks who served with an remember Milton Whitley from Washington, NC during '44-'45 in the pacific. We are trying to find more information on the ship and it's missions as a gift for him. Any info, memories, etc appreciated.
Gray ( grandson )

Keywords: Milton Whitley LST 859



Entry: 30392
Subject: MIKE BRADSHAW, EM3

Michael Bradshaw wrote on December 14, 2002


City and State: BOISE ID

Unit: LST 859, USS LAFAYETTE COUNTY

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: We went to the Pole together. Mess duty to boiler room painter to EM3, sent to class A EM school on return from Polar area. Make EM@, to Hawaii on LST 822. Make EMI, go to Coronado, run battery shop, out say befor 21.

I remember so many of you. post up!

Mike

Keywords: USN 54-58, on board 6/55 to 12/55.







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