U.S.S. Snohomish County - LST 1126

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Twenty five continuous years of United States Navy
service, answering the call, completing every task,
ever ordered, every time.
Proudly serving in peacetime and through three wars

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World War II - Korea - Vietnam

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Here's that loathsome and offensive Brute

USS Snohomish County LST 1126

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Sometimes the weather and waters were not very friendly, and things broke. Like the upper tip of the mast that got a dose of whiplash and broke above the yardarm during a typhoon in 1954. The path of of this typhoon is shown in the tracking figure. (upper right). You can see by the large ship's photo above how it looked before breaking. Since we had left Okinawa and were headed to Korea, we stayed within it's turbulance a pretty good while until it passed on by.

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This is the tracking of the Typhoon the LST 1126 encounter in 1954 enroute from Okinawa to Korea. It was "KINDA" in our way a long time ... much, much too long a time...

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This website is specifically about the

USS Snohomish County - LST 1126

which served 25 continous years
in the United States Navy (1945-1970),
but it's also about Amphibious ships in general,
their shipmates and experiences.

Asbestos related diseases and Respiratory problems you may have had or may be experencing could be related to your service on the USS Snohomish County - LST 1126.

The ship was built during a time when asbestos was used extensively as insulation for pipes, air ducts, and gaskets. If you served on the ship during it's 25 years of service, it is possible you were somehow contaminated with it in your job or by just being in or around it on the ship. It was used almost everywhere on the ship. Even if you have not yet had any signs of asbestos related problems, you should let your doctor know you were around it during your Navy service on the ship. He could then watch for any signs of a problem that may show up later on.

There are a websites listed below with plenty of information concerning this and the assistance you may obtain if it is related to your Navy Service or from other sources.

Do yourself a favor and just visit https://www.escortdirectory.com/ and look them over. Spread the word to other shipmates you know.

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At start up there was little information about the early years of the ship in my files. I was fortunate enough to befriend a Plank Owner Ed Dahlin, who rode the ship down the rivers to New Orleans where it was commisssioned. I had written an article for the US LST Scuttlebutt which he read. I encouraged him to write his story and helped him in getting it started from an old typewritten file he had started years ago. His story is posted within this site and his photo taken in 1999 before he passed away. He was honest and open in his writing and in places it's a bit salty, but I wouldn't change a bit of it in respect for this man of the Greatest Generation.

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There's an ongoing saga of an old, old ship that helped win World War Two. It was saved from the scrap yard in Greece by a group of dedicated sailors with the support of thousands of veterans and corporations. Read on, visit their website, and give your support.

Let me get this straight now .... your're gonna gather a bunch of senior citizens who were former sailors 60 years ago, your're gonna go to Greece and pick up this 60 year old ship and bring it back to the United States and travel around the waters and oceans of the United States to show it off? Oh, you say it has all the comforts of home, a kitchen, a place to sleep some old, but dependable engines and generators you can make operate even though you don't have all the parts, and the gyro is broke? You better believe it, and now you can see this ship in it's new Home Port at Evansville, Indiana and even on Webcam on your own computer.

In 1969 the LST 1126 and LST 525 did a swap of crews and ships. After that exchange, the LST 525 was brought back to the US, spent a couple of months in San Diego, then transited the Panama Canal and on to Orange, Texas where it was decomissioned. Jeffery Keck was a shipmate who made this trip and furnished these photos of the ship going through the locks of the Panama Canal.