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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - 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, 27 June 1943, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA.
Launched, 31 August 1943
Commissioned USS LST-45, 15 October 1943, LTjg. John R. Perry USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-45 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Thirteen, CAPT. J. G. Sampson USN (22);
LST Group Thirty-Nine, CDR. B. T. Zelenka USN (24);
LST Division Seventy-Seven 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
|Tinian capture and occupation, 24 July to 10 August 1944
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June to 10 August 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto (Okinawa and Ie Shima), 26 March 30 June 1945
Following World War II USS LST-45 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|4 January to 14 February 1946||19 September to 28 October 1945
|2 to 19 September 1947||2 August to 1 September 1947
Decommissioned, 30 November 1948
Struck from the Naval Register, 22 December 1948
USS LST-45 earned four battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold to the Foss Launch & Tug Co., Seattle, WA., 25 February 1949, fate unknown
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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||USS LST-45 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
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.
||USS LST-45 moored to a piling, port side view, date and location unknown.
||LST Home Port web site
||USS LST-45 moored to a piling, bow on view, date and location unknown.
||LST Home Port web site
||USS LST-45 under way, date and location unknown.
||USS LST-45 in a floating drydock, circa 1945, location unknown.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-345752, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LTjg. Perry, John Raymond, USNR||15 October 1943 - 1944|
|02||LT. Gamble, George C., USNR||1944 - 25 September 1944|
|03||LT. Daniel Jr., Jesse T., USNR||25 September 1944 - 1 February 1945|
|04||LT. Keens, Harvey L., USNR||1 February 1945 - December 1945|
|05||LTjg. Platt, Alex L., USNR||December 1945 - March 1946|
|06||LTjg. Horter, William L., USNR||March 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
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 15 July 2016
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