You Call, We Haul:" The USS Cheboygan County

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By By Matthew J. Friday

Local history is composed of many different facets.  From important former citizens to big events to any number of hugely varying components, local history can be a field that goes way beyond the obvious.  The story of the USS Cheboygan County is one such component.  It has no connection to local history other than the name – but a naval vessel which once held that name is, by default, a part of our local history.  She proudly served in the United States Navy during World War II, participating in the invasion of Normandy in June 1944.

The keel for the vessel that would become the USS Cheboygan County was laid down on 29 September 1943 at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Company in Evansville, IN.  She was launched on 1 December of the same year and commissioned on 27 January 1944 as USS LST-533.  Her compliment was seven officers and 104 enlisted men; at sea, her top speed was twelve knots per hour.

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