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LST-32 / AVB-1 Alameda County

  • LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 17 February, 1943 at Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 22 May 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-32, 12 July 1943, LT. Gardnar P. Mulloy in command
  • During World War II USS LST-32 was assigned to the European Theater and participated in the following actions/campaigns:
    • Europe-Africa-Middle East / Convoy UGS-36 April 1944
    • Invasion of Southern France / August and September 1944
  • Decommissioned in July 1946
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Recommissioned, 7 March 1951, LT. John W. Leonard in command
  • Named USS Alameda County (LST-32), 1 July 1955
  • Reclassified Advance Aviation Base Ship, (AVB-1), 28 September 1957
  • Decommissioned, 25 June 1962, at Naples, Italy
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 30 June 1962
  • Transferred (sold) to Italy, 20 November 1962, renamed NMM    Anteo (A5306)
  •  Final Disposition, fate unknown
  •  Alameda County earned two battle stars for World War II service as LST-32
  • In July 1958, the U.S. Sixth Fleet landed Marines in Beirut, Lebanon.  The USS ALAMEDA COUNTY was at Souda Bay on 14 July when the first Marines landed and within a matter of hours the first aircraft began to arrive.  As the closest advanced base to Lebanon, the ALAMEDA COUNTY serviced, fed and housed aircraft squadrons until the final division of Marines was ordered out of Lebanon in October of that year.