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USS LST-42 (1943 - 1945)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Charlie - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 17 June 1943, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA.
Launched, 17 August 1943
Commissioned USS LST-42, 30 September 1943, LT. Roy L. Guy, USN, in command
During World War II, USS LST-42 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Three, CDR. A.A. Ageton USN (23);
LST Group Nine, CDR. S.A. Life USNR;
LST Division Seventeen and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Marshall Islands operation
Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January to 8 February 1944
Occupation of Eniwetok Atoll, 19 February to 2 March 1944
| Western Caroline Islands operation
Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
Capture and Occupation of Saipan, 15 June to 28 July 1944
Tinian Capture and occupation, 24 to 26 July 1944
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and Occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 3 March 1945
USS LST-42 was redesignated Landing Ship Tank (Hospital) LST(H)-42 15 September 1945
Following World War II USS LST(H)-42 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|8 October 1945 to 24 March 1946||25 March to 7 April 1946
|8 to 16 April 1946||
Decommissioned, 26 July 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 25 September 1946
USS LST-42 earned four battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 March 1948, to Kaiser Co., Inc., Seattle, WA.
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
Length 328' o.a.
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
Boats 2 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
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
Diesel 4,300 Bbls
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
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||Launching of LST-42, 17 August 1943, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA.
||USS LST-42 and USS LST-272 beached, date and location unknown. The bulldozer is creating landing ramps to off-load equipment from the two LSTs.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, February 1945.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||USS LST-42 appears to be approaching the beach to make a landing alongside the already beached
USS LSM-47. Note the very busy anchorage in the background.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS LST-42 at anchor, date and location unknown.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Guy, Roy L., USN||30 September 1943 - 9 November 1944|
|02||LT. Forbis, James W., USNR||9 November 1944 - June 1945|
|03||LTjg. Baldwin, Robert S., USNR (acting)||June 1945 - 13 July 1945|
|04||LT. Redding, Charles M., USNR||13 July 1945 - 13 November 1945|
|05||LT. Stewart Jr., Robert T., USNR||13 November 1945 - March 1946|
|06||LTjg. Van Wagoner Jr., J. R., USNR||March 1946 - June 1946|
|07||LTjg. Knell, Martin, USNR||June 1946 - 26 July 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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