USS York County LST-1175

The USS York County began life as a Navy ship on the 8th of November 1957, and was built in Virginia by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co.

The York County served as a Navy ship until July 17, 1972 when it was decommissioned and transferred to the Italian government.  On that date, the USS York County LST-1175 became the Nave Caorle L-9891 an Italian ship in their navy. After ten years as an Italian ship, it was eventually scrapped in Italy with most of the steel being recycled for the Holland cruise line.

Here's a crew listing of the men who served on the USS York County LST-1175. If the word "NEED" is after your name, please contact Harris Cotter so we can update our files. (

We've also been asked by other LST ship members to list them on a page too!

Plank Owner Bill Evans DC3, sent us the original booklet of the York's Commissioning Ceremony listing the Officers and Chiefs that took her out on her maiden voyage.  We've just added a Bill Evans page that includes his stories and pictures of the beginning of the York's life as a Navy ship.

We're sorry to report that Cancer has taken the life of plank owner Bill Evans. His son writes: "My Dad passed away in his sleep Monday night", July 5th, 2010.

For all of us who served on the USS York County, she will always live in our hearts, thus a story page was created and dedicated to her memory.

We hope you will take some time to read the stories about serving on our ship.
Story Page

In March of 1972, the USS York County sailed into Little Creek for the last time. Some of the officers including Carver Rudolph LTjg recorded the Special Sea and Anchor Detail from the sound powered 1JV circuit.  He recently sent Ken Robinson an audio CD which we are sharing here in small bytes to help with downloading.  The voice from the bridge is of R. Tameris LPN1. Cuts1 2  3  4  5 and 6.  We hope these sounds bring back some memories for you.  Thank You Mr. Rudolph

Reunion Information


Because of difficulties beyond our control there will not be an official York County reunion in 2015.

We tried Portland Maine proper and Boston Mass proper, and even in between the two cities. The massive snow damage in those areas from the winter have rendered some venues still in repair. The persons who were going to sponsor /host the reunion are also in a straight for the same reason.

Best regards,
Ken Robinson (Reunion Committee Chair)

The Web PO thinks you might consider attending 2015 Fleet Week in New York this year. Dates are: May 20th - May 26th

For more information visit their Web site:

Weeklong event honoring the US’s maritime heritage. More than 20 vessels from the US Navy, the US Coast Guard, international navies and the Military Sealife Command take part, sailing up the Hudson River from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Numerous demonstrations throughout the week, including ship tours, flyovers, Marine Corps martial arts displays, parachute jump teams, equipment displays, Coast Guard drug dog exhibits and more. More that 10,000 sailors, Marines and soldiers participate.

PS.. When visiting NYC, you might consider staying in NJ, just across the river. Most hotels are 50% cheaper.

If you find yourself out of the loop for upcoming reunion information, please send Harris Cotter ( your updated mailing address, current email address, cell phone and home phone numbers.

Harris Cotter
214 Donovan Circle
Rosendale, WI 54974

Before attending any of our Reunions, you might consider ordering a York County Jacket, Hat or maybe both from Karen or John Schlagel RM2's business Backyard Stitches.

More details and pictures from past reunions are available on the
Reunion Page

During the years of the second world war, many WW2 LSTs, were built in Seneca, Illinois and Evansville, IN by mostly women welders. The ships were sailed down the Ohio River from Evansville past Marietta, Ohio then out to sea. In September 1996, the Ohio LST/Amphibs Assoc. dedicated a memorial on the banks of the Ohio River. This memorial in Marietta is in memory of all the LSTs that passed by on their way to war, with some never to return.

Here's a history page detailing the USS York County as an American Ship.

We were contacted by Fredas Cook who was a signalman on the USS Grant County LST-1174.   After seeing our page, he wanted to share with us his pictures of the York as it approached his ship for a highline detail. We'd like to thank Fredas for his gift of images from the vantage point above his ships bridge. Pic 1, Pic 2, Pic 3, Pic 4, Pic 5, Pic 6.

This image of the USS York County was sent to us from crew member Minzie Leister taken by a friend during Helo operations.

Here's a ship logo that can be used over your shirt pocket if you buy some iron_on transfer film from Walmart, craft or office supply store. Some have used the ship graphic for the back window of their truck. Recently we found out that Harris Cotter also used the logo on his truck too! Most sign shops can help after you take the ship image to them. They can also get it from the USS York County page.

  • ENS Bill Price picture page
  • Harry McGee BM2 picture page
  • 37 Additional Images from Harris Cotter
  • Joe Sharland QM3 picture page
  • Earl Nickleson EM2 picture page
  • Michael Macchiorola FTGSN picture page 
  • The Nave Caorle L9891 formerly the USS York County LST-1175
  • Boot Camp and more York Images on Tim Cook's Navy page

    Movie Page   8MM Film Travel and Navy Footage of the York County in service. Also, be sure to Check out the You Tube videos now posted.

      Below are additional Navy links from "The WEB" and "Youtube" that were recently found.

  • USS LST 393 in Muskegon, Michigan
  • The story of LST's
  • USS Spiegel Grove LSD-32
  • USS Spiegel Grove Sinking
  • USS Graham County
  • USS FREDERICK LST-1184 The Newer and Last Version of the LST
  • LST-1171 USS DeSoto County The Dutchmans Dock
  • USS Washtenaw County (LST-1166)
  • Other Solantamity Images
  • A source for York County Jackets and Hats

    Have you seen Tim Cook's Navy page?

    This web page was conceived, designed by
    Tim Cook IC2 1962-64