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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
USS LST-120 was transferred to the Republic of Korean and named ROKS Munsan
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
Laid down, 5 May 1943, at Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
Launched, 7 August 1943
Commissioned USS LST-120, 22 September 1943, LT. James F. Conlin Jr., USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-120 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Five, CAPT. G.B. Carter, USN;
Group Fifteen, CDR. V. K. Busck, USN;
LST Division Twenty-Nine and
LST Flotilla Thirteen, CAPT. J.G. Sampson USN (23);
LST Group Thirty-Seven, CDR. R. D. Higgins USNR;
LST Division Seventy-Four and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June to 28 July 1944
|Tinian capture and occupation, 24 to 28 July 1944
Following World War II USS LST-120 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|15 to 25 October 1945
|18 November 1945 to 13 February 1946
Decommissioned, 7 January 1946 and transferred to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE), Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q004
Transferred to the State Department for disposal
Sold to the Military Government of Korea February 1947, named ROKS Munsan
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 March 1947
Final Disposition, ROKS Munsan, lost by stranding in September 1950
USS LST-120 earned two 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-120 underway, date and location unknown.
||USS LST-120 astern of USS Antelope (IX-109) in Floating Drydock USS ABSD-1 at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, 8 January 1945.
US National Archives photo 80-G-324233, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
|US Naval Historical Center
||Ex-USS LST-120 in Republic of Korea service as ROKS Munsan broached on the beach during the Changsadong Raid, 15 to 19 September 1950, while attempting to insert South Korean Guerilla forces behind enemy lines north of Pohang. A second ROK LST is in the background.
US National Archives photo 80-G-420861, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|US Naval Historical Center
||ROKS Munsan visible in the middle distance at center, lies broached in the surf after an attempt to insert South Korean guerrillas behind enemy lines during the Changsadong Raid, 15-19 September 1950.
US National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-420856, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Conlan Jr., James F., USNR||22 September 1943 - 6 June 1945|
|02||LCDR. Long, Ralph W., USNR||6 June 1945 - 7 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
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 2 May 2014
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