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Sat Oct 17, 2020, 11:06 PM

6. My old amphib built in 1945 using in '66-71, our own set of hazards

* USS Luzerne County (LST 902). Landing Ship Tank. about football field long, meant for "landing" troops or tanks/heavy equipment on the shore, ramming onto the shore (called "beaching" ) , opening the "doors"/lowering the ramp, disgorging. Think, D-Day.

* LSTs named for *counties*. Recent news about voting irregularities in Luzerne County, PA!1

* It's a big hollow tube like a warehouse down there, flat bottom, crew about 250. Because of the flat bottom on the open ocean hitting waves they *bounce* up from the bow (front) and hover/vibrate like a tuning fork then *SLAM* down flat onto the surface until the next wave (sometimes the ocean is calm). But the flat bottom makes for able to enter shallow river water (Mekong Delta).

* Known to break in half because of the hollow tube design. Nickname of LST “Long Slow Target”.

* In my 1967-68 year we basically transported supplies (bulldozers, lots of pallets of big bags of concrete, pallets of commodities/boots/CocaCola) from Saigon down the river to Army bases. Only carried troops twice – 700 South Vietnamese soldiers, other time 200 U.S. Army to Da Nang. Both/separately all crammed in the “tank deck” (the hollow part). The S. Vietnamese got sea sick and threw up. Our Army guys got a bit of rest, cafeteria service, safety from the front lines. Both were being dropped off to be potentially slaughtered.


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