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USS Hickman County LST-825

USS Hickman County (LST-825) was an LST-542-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during World War II. Named after counties in Kentucky and Tennessee, she was the only U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name.

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Comment by James Vinci on Sunday

I was commissioned as an Ensign in the US Navy in 1966 after completing OCS in Newport RI, and my first assignment was aboard the USS Hickman County, LST 825 in December 1966 as her communications officer. Doing the year+, I was aboard, we operated in the Vietnam delta, various Vietnam costal cities and on the DMZ. My next assignment was with Naval Beach Group One (NBG-1) in Coronado, Ca., albeit I did several TDYs to other locations. Doing that time I was promoted to LTJG and was tentatively going to Monterey for post graduate training but In September 1969, I was transferred to the US Army by the Secretary of Defense and immediately promoted to the Army rank of Captain.

I remained in the Army, reaching the rank of Colonel, with various assignments and worldwide post until I retired in 1992. 

Best Regards,

Jim

Comment by Jerry Lee Borden on August 24, 2017 at 4:44pm

Reported aboard in June of 1966 in Subic Bay, Phillippines. After a change of command and much needed upkeep, left for Vietnam to spend the next 12 months there, mostly in the Mekong Delta.  Not one of the most pleasant times of my career.

 

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