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USS Electron (AKS-27)
USS Electron (AG-146) (1947 - 1951)

USS LST-1070 (1945 - 1947)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha- India - November
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (1) - Philippines Liberation Medal - United Nations Service Medal

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 8 February 1945, at Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 9 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS LST-1070, 5 April 1945, LT. R. P. Seem in command
  • During and following World War II USS LST-1070 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater performed Occupation duty for the following periods in 1945; 6 to 23 September and 29 October to 10 November
  • Decommissioned, 3 December 1946, at Astoria, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Reclassified and redesignated Miscellaneous Auxiliary, (AG-146) an Electronics Parts Issue Ship, 27 January 1947
  • Named Electron, 1 February 1949
  • Recommissioned, USS Electron (AG-146), 6 October 1950
  • During the Korean War USS Electron participated in the following campaign;
    Korean War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    UN Counter Offensive
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 27 May to 5 June 1945
  • Reclassified General Store Issues Ship (AKS-27), 18 August 1951
  • Decommissioned 16 November 1956
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 April 1960
  • Final Disposition, sold, December 1960, presumed scrapped
  • USS Electron earned one battle star for Korean War service
    LST Class-542 Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    (light) - 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
    (sea-going) 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
    (landing) 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
    Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    7 officers, 104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers, 147 enlisted
    Boats 2 LCVP
    Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
    Typical loads
    One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
    Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
    Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
    2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
    12 single 20MM gun mounts
    Propulsion two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders

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    AKS-27 131k USS Electron (AG-146) moored out board of another AG, date and location unknown.
    A US Navy photo from the collections of the US Naval Memorial.
    Stan Svec
    LST-737 1086k USS LST-1070 moored at Pearl Harbor, circa 16 to 23 January 1946.
    Also present are:
    USS Bennington (CV-20) moored across the channel at NAS Ford Island,
    USS Troilus (AKA-46) moored astern of,
    USS Cape Gloucester (CVE-109),
    USS LST-1079 moored astern of
    USS Terror (CM-5),
    USS LST-459 with LCT-1015 secured to her main deck, astern of
    USS LST-863
    Moored forward of LST-863 are an unidentified Minesweeper and two Rescue and Salvage ships
    The next pier has two unidentified ships, possibly AKs the Survey Ship
    USS Sumner (AGS-5), and two unidentified Minesweepers
    USS LST-737 moored astern of
    USS LST-45 moored astern of numerous Minesweepers and possibly
    USS Shipley Bay (CVE-85)
    US Navy photo BUAer photo # 496019 from "CINCPAC, Released 23 January 1946.
    David Buell

    USS LST-1070 / Electron (AG-164 / AKS-27)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation

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    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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