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USS LST-47 (1943 - 1946)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Uniform - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - (Normandy 1944) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
USNS T-LST-47 was transferred to the Philippine Navy, named BRP Tarlac (LT-500)
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 30 July 1943, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA.
Launched, 24 September 1943
Commissioned USS LST-47, 8 November 1943, LT. Joseph F. Krall USN in command
During World War II USS LST-47 was first assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters and participated in the following campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
||Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 to 30 June 1945
|Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944
While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-47 came under the command of:
LST Flotilla Thirty-Six, CAPT. R. F. J. Shea, USN (23);
LST Group One Hundred Seven CDR. L. F. Teuscher, USN (23);
LST Division Two Hundred Thirteen
Following World War II USS LST-47 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|14 to 25 September 1945
|15 to 25 October 1945
|25 November 1945 to 11 January 1946
Decommissioned, 11 January 1946, and turned over to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q007
Returned to US Naval custody and assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 31 March 1952
Placed in service as USNS T-LST-47
Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 30 June 1975
Transferred to the Philippines Navy, 13 September 1976, renamed BRP Tarlac (LT-500)
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS LST-47 earned three battle stars for World War II service.
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-47 on the beach at Normandy, on or soon after D-day in June 1944.
||Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
||LSTs land invasion supplies on "Omaha" Beach, shortly after the 6 June 1944 "D-Day" assault.
LSTs on the beach include from (right to left):
USS LST-51? last digit not visible)
USS LST-47 and two unidentified LSTs.
Note: bow numbers of the British ships enclosed in colored blocks; crowd of shipping offshore; barrage balloons over many of the ships. Photo was released for publication, 23 October 1944
US National Archives photo # 80-G-46817 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|Riley R. Re Qua MoMM3/C USS LST-49 and Arthur L Long MoMM2/C USS LST-49
||USS LST-47 unloading German prisoners, England, 1944
||LST Homeport Web Site
| BRP Tarlac (LT-500)
||Hulk of ex-LST-47, ex-BRP Tarlac (LT-500) at Cavite, Philippine Islands, 26 March 1991, awaiting sale.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Krall, Joseph Frank, USN||8 November 1943 - 11 January 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
SCAJAP - Shipping Control Authority, Japan
Last Updated 10 March 2017
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