Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.


NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive

USS LST-1


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - November - Papa
NDNP
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Normandy 1944)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal


LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 10 June 1942, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA.
  • Launched, 7 September 1942
  • Placed in reduced commissioned status for transit to her fitting out yard, 5 December 1942, CDR. Oscar C. B. Wev USCG in command
  • Commissioned in full USS LST-1, 14 December 1942, LT. W. L. Chessman, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-1 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943 West Coast of Italy operations-1944
    Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings, 22 January to 1 March 1944
    Salerno landings, 2 to 21 September 1943 Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • Decommissioned. 21 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 6 January 1948, to Ships Power and Equipment Co., Barber, N.J.
  • USS LST-1 earned four battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    Draft
    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)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    13 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
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 4,300 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 230V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 1,700shp
    twin rudders

    Click On Image
    For Full Size Image
    Size Image Description Source
    LST-1 85k USS LST-1 probably taken in the Pittsburgh, PA., area soon after the ship was completed, circa December 1942. Courtesy of William H. Davis.
    US Navy photo # NH 91610, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    LST-1 117k USS LST-1, underway soon after completion, circa December 1942. Photo was probably taken in vicinity of Pittsburgh, PA. Donation of Captain Oscar C.B. Wev, USCG (Retired), 1988.
    US Navy photo # NH 97857, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    LST-1 96k USS LST-1, landing US Army troops on an Italian beach, via a causeway. This view may have been taken during the Salerno landings, circa September 1943.
    US Army Signal Corps # USA C-175, from the US Army Signal Corps Collection now in the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    LST-1 70k USS LST-1, landing US Army trucks and field guns on an Italian beach, via a causeway. This view may have been taken during the Salerno landings, circa September 1943.
    US Army Signal Corps # USA C-174, from the US Army Signal Corps Collection now in the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    LST-1 67k USS LST-1, landing US Army vehicles on an Italian beach. This view may have been taken during the Salerno landings, circa September 1943.
    US Army Signal Corps # USA C-235, from the US Army Signal Corps Collection now in the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    LST-1 88k US Army Engineers haul a roll of wire mesh into position to make a beach roadway, at Salerno, circa September 1943. USS LST-1 is in the center background.
    US Army Signal Corps # USA C-276, from the US Army Signal Corps Collection now in the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    LCT-222. LST-1 86k LCT-222 lands a US Army jeep on an Italian beach. USS LST-1 is in the background. This view may have been taken during the Salerno landings, circa September 1943.
    US Army Signal Corps # USA C-176, from the US Army Signal Corps Collection now in the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    LST-381 126k From left to right; HM LST-323, USS LST-1, USS LST-381 and USS LST-351 being loaded with reversed DUKWs at Salerno Harbor in preparation for the Anzio Landings scheduled for January 20-21, 1944.
    Imperial War Museum War Office Second World War Official Collection, by Dawson (Sgt), Photo No. IWM (NA 11079)
    Mike Green
    LST-1 88k USS LST-1 (right) and USS LST-292 "high and dry" on the beach as Saint-Michel-en-Greves, on the north shore of the Brittany Peninsula, during supply operations in support of the campaign against German forces at Brest, France, in September 1944. Taken by a SHAFE photographer.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-247120, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS LST-1
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
     CDR. Wev, Oscar C. B. USCG (Ferry Crew)5 December 1942 - 14 December 1942
    01LT. Chessman, W. L.14 December 1942 - April 1943
    02LT. Windham, Henry C., USNRApril 1943 - August1943
    03LT. Lockwood, David S., USNAugust 1943 - 9 March 1944
    04LT. Emley, Lawrence, USNR9 March 1944 - 1945
    05LT. Respass, James C., USNR1945 - October 1945
    06LT. Bryan, James E., USNROctober 1945 - January 1946
    07LTjg. Miller, Hugh M., USNJanuary 1946 - April 1946
    08LTjg. Hoots, Howard L., USNRApril 1946 - 21 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Data Base
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
    Back To The Navsource Photo Archives Main Page Back To The Amphibious Ship Type Index Back To The Tank Landing Ship (LST) Photo Index
    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster.
    This page is created by David W. Almond and maintained by Gary P. Priolo
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
    Last Updated 5 August 2016