Sagadahoc County LST-1091


Sagadahoc County

(LST-1091: dp. 1,625; 1. 328'; b. 50'; dr. 13'; s. 12 k.;
cpl. 119, trp. 147; a. 8 40mm.; cl. LST-511 )

LST-1091 was laid down on 3 January 1945 by the American Bridge Co., Ambridge, Pa., Launched on 3 March 1945; sponsored by Mrs. R. W. Robinson; and commissioned at New Orleans on 6 April 1945, Lt. Milton S. Johnston, Jr., USNR, in command.

Following shakedown in St. Andrews Bay Fla. LST-1091 loaded munitions at Mobile; and, on 11 May, got underway for the Pacific. Early in July, she embarked Army troops at Saipan, then continued on to Okinawa, arriving in Buckner Bay on the 28th. There, she disembarked her passengers and, through the end of the war, distributed ammunition primarily to small craft. Departing from the Ryukyus on 29 August, she steamed south to the Philippines, offloaded her remaining cargo; and, in mid-October, headed north to Japan and two and one half months of occupation duty in the Sasebo area.

With the new year, 1946, LST-1091 got underway to return to the United States, arriving at San Diego on 29 January. In February, she sailed north to join the Pacific Reserve Fleet at Bremerton. Inactivation overhaul followed, and, on 5 July 1946, she was decommissioned and berthed with the Columbia River Group of the Pacific Reserve Fleet. Named Sagadahoc County on 1 July 1955, she remained in reserve until transferred to the Republic of China in October 1958 and renamed Chung Chih. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 6 February 1959.