- USS Esmeraldo County (LST-761)
The USS "Esmeraldo County" (LST-761) was an sclass|LST-542|tank landing ship built for the
United States Navyduring World War II. Named after an erroneous spelling of Esmeralda County, Nevada, she was the only U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name.
LST-761 was laid down on
18 June 1944at Ambridge, Pennsylvaniaby the American Bridge Company; launched on 7 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. H. A. Brainerd; and commissioned on 2 September 1944with Lieutenant H. A. Swagart, Jr., USCGR, in command. During World War II, LST-761 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Iwo Jimain February and March, 1945. The Coast Guard crew was removed in March, 1946 and the ship was assigned to the Columbia River Group of the Pacific Reserve Fleet; she was decommissioned on 16 July 1946. On 1 July 1955the ship was named USS "Esmeraldo County" (LST-761). "Esmeraldo County" was sunk as a target in 1959. LST-761 earned one battle starfor World War II service.
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