Henry County

Counties in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia.

(LST-824:dp. 1,625; l. 328'; b. 50'; dr. 11'; s. 12 k.; cpl. 266; a. 8 40mm., 12 20mm.; cl. LST-511)

The second Henry County (LST-824) was laid down as LST-824 by Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville, Ind., 29 September 1944;, launched 8 November; sponsored by Mrs. Harry W. Groot; and commissioned 30 November, Lt. Jesse D. Jones in command.

After shakedown off Florida, LST-824 departed New Orleans 4 January 1945 for San Diego, arriving there on the 24th. She embarked 107 bluejackets, then sailed for Pearl Harbor 26 January. During February she performed training exercises out of Hawaii, then loaded troops and equipment to depart Pearl Harbor 12 March.

For the next month she steamed through the Pacific, stopping at Eniwetok, Guam, and Saipan before proceeding to Okinawa. American forces were already engaged in the fierce struggle to wrestle Okinawa from enemy control when LST-824 depar ted Saipan 12 April. Five days later she arrived off China Wan and commenced diacharging troops and equipment on the embattled island. The landing ship returned to Saipan 27 April for reinforcement troops and cargo, and again steamed for Okinawa. For t he remainder of World War 11, she shuttled supplies between Okinawa and the Philippines in preparation for a possible invasion of Japan.

After the Japanese surrender, LST-824 operated with occupation forces in the Far East until sailing for the United States in November. Arriving Portland, Oreg., 5 December, she decommissioned there 15 May 1946, and joined the Pacific Reserve F leet. While berthed with the Columbia River Group, LST-824 was named Henry County 1 July 1955.

Henry County recommissioned 5 September 1959, Lt. R. L. Dodd in command. After refresher training, LST-824 departed the West Coast 19 March 1960 for the Far East, arriving Yokosuka 2 weeks later. During the next 4 months she transported suppl ies, performed training exercises with U.S. Marines, and engaged in joint operations with Korean forces before returning Long Beach 19 August.

Following 20 months of operations along the West Coast, Henry County sailed for the mid-Pacific in April 1962, then performed transport and amphibious duties out of Hawaii. In September she was assigned to Task Force 8 for the nuclear tests in Operation "Dominic." Since the tests were considered vital to the nation's security, the Navy demonstrated her ability once again to keep pace with the advances of technology developed to maintain peace through strength.

From December 1962 through December 1964, Henry County performed amphibious training operations off the California coast.

LST-824 received one battle star for World War II service.