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USS LST-28


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Whiskey - Juliet
NDWJ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 8 December 1942, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA.
  • Launched, 19 April 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-28, 19 June 1943, LT. William N. Finley Jr. USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-28 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following actions/campaigns

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Convoy UGS-36, April 1944 Invasion of Normandy, June 1944
  • Decommissioned, 16 August 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 29 October 1946
  • Final Disposition: sold for scrapping, 19 May 1948, to George H. Nutman, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • USS LST-28 earned two 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

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    LST-28 26k USS LST-28 moored pierside, with YW-107 alongside, date and location unknown. James Edwards USS LST-28
    LST-28 34k USS LST-28 loaded for the Normandy Invasion, circa June 1944, location unknown. James Edwards USS LST-28
    LST-28 39k USS LST-28 loaded with British troops bound for the Normandy Beachhead, date and location unknown. James Edwards USS LST-28
    LST-28 42k US LST-28 crossing the English Channel with a load of equipment bound for the Normandy Beachhead, circa June 1944. James Edwards USS LST-28
    LST-28 50k USS LST-28 crew photo, date and location unknown. James Edwards USS LST-28
    LST-28 38k USS LST-28 crew photo, date and location unknown. James Edwards USS LST-28

    USS LST-28
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Finley, Jr., William N., USNR19 June 1943 - June 1944
    02LT. Quirk, Bryan D., USNRJune 1944 - September 1945
    03LT. Molitor, Gregory P., USNRSeptember 1945 - 8 January 1946
    04LTjg. Wood, John Eugene, USNR8 January 1946 - May 1946
    05LTjg. Harris Jr., Noel Morris, USNMay 1946 - 16 August 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
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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