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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)
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 8 August 1943, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA.
Launched, 2 October 1943
Placed in reduced commission, 30 October 1943, for transit to her fitting out yard at New Orleans, LA.
Placed in full Commission as USS LST-48, 16 November 1943, LT. John E. Chadwick, John E.,USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-48 was assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater 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, 30 May to 10 June 1945
|Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944
While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-48 came under the command of:
LST Flotilla Thirty-Five, CAPT. D. H. Johnston USN (22);
LST Group One Hundred Three, CDR. A L. Warburton USN (24);
LST Division Two Hundred Six
Following World War II USS LST-48 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 16 November 1945 to 25 April 1946
Decommissioned, 8 February 1946, and turned over to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q049
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 December 1947
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 27 May 1948, to Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA.
USS LST-48 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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||LST-48 launching, 2 October 1943, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-207975:, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Chadwick, John E., USNR||16 November 1943 - August 1945|
|02||LTjg. Torrance, Robert Z., USNR||August 1945 - 8 February 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
Last Updated 16 December 2016
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