USS La Moure County (LST-883) was an LST-542-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during World War II. Named after La Moure County, North Dakota, she was the first of two U.S. Naval vessels to bear the name.
Originally laid down as LST-883 by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Company of Evansville, Indiana on 16 November 1944; launched on 30 December 1944, sponsored by Mrs. L. D. McBride; and commissioned at New Orleans, Louisiana on 23 January 1945 with Lieutenant Winfield H. Cook in command.
World War II, 1945
After shakedown off the Florida coast, LST-883 departed New Orleans for the west coast on 28 February and arrived San Pedro, California on 26 March. Steaming via Seattle, Washington the landing ship reached the Hawaiian Islands on 1 May and trained there until sailing for the western Pacific on the 24th.
Post-war activities, 1945–1946
Following the surrender of Japan, she departed Pearl Harbor on 3 September with occupation forces for Japan. She debarked troops at Sasebo, Kyūshū on 25 September before sailing for the Philippines the 28th. She arrived Lingayen Gulf on 5 October, and between 26 October and 4 November transported Army engineers to Nagoya, Honshū. From Japan she arrived Saipan on 14 November and operated in the Marianas during the remainder of the year.
Korean War, 1950–1953
Reacquired by the Navy on 1 July 1950, LST-883 recommissioned at Yokosuka, Japan on 26 August with Lieutenant Charles M. Miller in command. In response to President Truman's order to repel Communist aggression in Korea, she embarked Marines and Army troops, loaded combat stores, and departed Kobe, Japan on 10 September. She sailed for Inchon, South Korea as part of an amphibious attack force. Assigned to TG 90.3 LST-883 arrived off the Inchon seawalls on 15 September, at the start of the Battle of Inchon. Later that afternoon, she closed the beaches and, despite heavy mortar and machine gun fire, debarked troops on "Red Beach." As American naval and ground forces carried out the vital Inchon invasion, which spearheaded an Allied offensive northward, LST-883 discharged emergency supplies and dueled with enemy guns. She remained off Inchon until sailing for the eastern coast of Korea on 15 October. For daring bravery and heroic performance of duty off Red Beach, the aggressive and intrepid LSTs of TE 90.32, including LST-883, received the Navy Unit Commendation.