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USS LST(H)-118
USS LST-118 (1943 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Charlie - Golf
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 21 April 1943, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 21 July 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-118, 6 September 1943, LT. Clarence W. Lundberg, USN, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-118 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Five CAPT. G.B. Carter, USN;
    LST Group Fifteen CDR. V. K. Busck, USN; and
    LST Division Seventy-Nine and
    LST Flotilla Three CDR. A. A. Ageton USN (23);
    LST Group Eight;
    LST Division Fifteen and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns:
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Hollandia operation, 21 to 27 April 1844 Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 20 October 1944
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 28 July 1944

  • USS LST-118 was redesignated Landing Ship Tank (Hospital) LST(H)-118, 15 September 1945
  • Following World War II USS LST(H)-118 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    23 to 29 September 1945
    28 October 1945 to 8 February 1946

  • Occupation service in the Far East for USS LST(H)-118 included occupation service landings in the Wakayama area, Japan, (K plus 2), 27 September 1945 and at Sasebo, Kyushu, Japan, (A plus 40), 2 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 8 February 1946 and transferred to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q048
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 29 September 1947
  • USS LST-118 earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 28 April 1948, to Dulien Steel Products, Inc., Seattle, WA.
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    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
    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
    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-118 31k USS LST(H)-118 underway off the coast of Japan in November 1945 Mark Strange for his father Carl D. Strange S1/c USS LST-118

    USS LST-118
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Lundberg, Clarence William, USN6 September 1943 - 1945
    02LT. Ferrare, George D., USNR1945 - 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
    History of LST Flotilla Seven
    LST Flotilla Five War Diary May 1944
    Action Report of 17 June 1944 and Anti-Aircraft Action by Surface Ships Report
    LST Flotilla Five War Diary July 1944
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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