Home Page of Pete Reenstra
(Updated March 20,, 2014)

Dedicated to the memory of the
USS DeSoto County LST 1171


1962

1962

1969

1970

Medals earned by the DeSoto County through the years
See 1171 History for descriptions


This is the "floating bathtub" I spent 3.5 years on - home base, Little Creek, Va.
We referred to San Juan, Peurto Rico as our 2nd home port - we were there that often. 

While I was on board, the DeSoto County cruised the Mediterranean in 1962,
   visiting Spain, Italy, Greece, Sardinia, Corsica, and a couple other islands.
The Caribbean, however, was our second home, and San Juan our main liberty
   port.  We also visited Bermuda, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, and St. Thomas.
We played a big part in the Cuban missile crisis, delivering Marines to
   Guantanamo Bay, and evacuating dependent wives and children from the base.
  We also took Seabees to Nova Scotia and Scotland, and visited Ireland.
I left the DeSoto County the day before she embarked on a cruise of the Great
   Lakes in 1964.  I should have taken that cruise!  But...

 
DeSoto Map

1171 History
Updated 05/30/06

 Italian Service

 1171 Gallery
Updated 10/27/05

Great Lakes Cruise
Updated 3/5/03

Gator Gallery
Updated 3/16/11

 My Service

Sign My
 Guest Book

Read My
  Guest Book

Shipmates Remembered 
(New)

DeSoto patches are available!
  They look great!
  Order yours today
$6.50 each + .50 postage

Visit our page for
 DeSoto County Memorabilia
Any profits go to the
American Amphipious Force Associatio

Class Map
  Class Info

1171 Class Reunion
Oct., 2000

Class Gallery
Updated 4/29/04

AAFA
Updated 3/20/14

 Reunion 2003
 

 LST 325 Pictures
(New)

9/11 Memorial

Patriot's Page



Join our American Amphibious Force Association Discussion


Vital Statistics of the DeSoto County
  •     Contract awarded to Avondale Marine Ways of Louisiana on June 1, 1955.
  •     Her keel was laid on Sept. 1, 1956, and she was launched February 28, 1957.
  •     She was delivered to the U.S. Navy on June 7, 1958, and commissioned on June 10, 1958.
  •    She was decommissioned on July 17, 1972, having served for over 14 years.
  •    She was diesel powered, and capable of 17 knots.
  •    She was 455 feet long; 62 feet at the beam; and drafted 16.8 feet.
  •    Her displacement empty - 3560 tons   When full - 7,820 tons, plus a few.
  •    And, trusting my memory, the crew consisted of 13/14 officers, and 140/160 enlisted men.
  •    The DeSoto County carried up to 650 Marines and their trucks, tanks, supplies.
  •    The DeSoto County was named after counties in Ole Miss., Louisiana, and Florida.


 Armed Forces Tribute

Never forget to thank our vets


What is a Vet?
"A veteran is someone who, at one point in his or her life,
wrote a blank check made payable to:
'The United states of America'
For the amount of:
'Up to and including my life'.
That, Friend, is honor, and unfortunately today, there are far too many
people in this country who no longer understand it!"

 

- Many of us were involved in the Cuban Crisis, Viet Nam, and the entire Cold War -
- So these two items are of great interest -

COLD WAR MUSEUM gets a home. The Fairfax County, VA Park Authority has given land at the former
Lorton complex to the museum to build a permanent home. It is on the site of a former Nike missile base.

The American Amphibious Force Association membership fully supports the
Congressionally authorized award of the Cold War Service Medal to
Honorably discharged U. S. Military Veterans of the Cold War
between 02 September 1945 and 26 December 1991.
 


 

Important quotes to remember, especially today!!!

"If history teaches us anything, it teaches that simpleminded appeasement
or wishful thinking about our adversaries is folly.  It means the betrayal
of our past, and the squandering of our freedom."

    President Ronald Reagan
                                     March 3, 1983
 

"National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman."

                     President John Adams
 

"There is only one tactical principle which is not subject to change.
It is to use the means at hand to inflict the maximum amount of wounds,
death and destruction on the enemy in the minimum amount of time."

                                                       Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.
 
 


 

AAFA Reunion 2014
New London, CT

Details when available on AAFA page.
Also, visit our other web site dedicated to the
American Amphibious Force Association.
Gatorforce.com
A GATEWAY TO THE AMPHIBIOUS FORCES. IT WILL CARRY INFORMATION
ABOUT THE MODERN AMPHIBOUS FORCES AND POST WW2 LSTS (THE BIG T’S).
THERE ARE PAGES FOR THE AMERICAN AMPHIBIOUS FORCE ASSOCIATION
AND EFFORTS TO PRESERVE AMPHIBIOUS VESSELS WILL BE SHOWCASED.
Please visit Dirk's website.

LST 325, WWII Ship  
 325 Memorial Page

Please consider a donation to the continuing
restoration and
maintenance of the 325.
Fundraising information can be found at:
 The LST Memorial Page

Pictures of the 325 in Mobile
Larry Adamik, AAFA member,
visited the 325 in 2003.  Here's a few of his pictures.


 



  Military.com has chosen Dutchman's Dock
  as a distinguished military page.  Thank you.

Military VA Loan Award

More recently, another honor.
From Military VA Loan.com
Thank you.


Gator Pages

Home Port, Little Creek, VA


"Largest US Navy Warship Collection on the 'Net"


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 Discussion pages for Gators

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 LST Sailors Talk Deck

AAFA Members Discussion

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Other great 'Gator' Links
Unfortunately, a few have closed,
so I removed them.

 York Cty LST 1175
  Whitfield Cty LST 1169
  LST 1126
 LST 454
Gators in Nam
 LSD 32
U.S.Navy Email
 LST 1176
 
 LST History

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