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USS LST-124


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Hotel - Juliet
NQHJ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal


LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 7 June 1943, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 18 August 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-124, 24 September 1943, ENS. William A. Bartos, USN, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-124 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Five, CAPT. J. R. Clark, USN;
    LST Group Fourteen, LCDR. K. L. DeForest, USNR;
    LST Division Twenty-Seven and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June to 28 July 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 17 May to 30 June 1945
    Tinian capture and occupation, 24 to 28 July 1944  

  • Decommissioned, 26 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 August 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold to Kaiser Co., Inc., Seattle, WA, 13 December 1947, and subsequently scrapped
  • USS LST-124 earned three battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    Draft
    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
    Complement
    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
    Propulsion
    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-124 35k USS LST-124 beached at Noumea, New Caledonia, 15 December 1945.
    Note US flag at half mast in honor of deceased crewman Williams, buried at US National Cemetery, New Caledonia.
    LST Home Port web site

    USS LST-124
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
     LT. Nunn, Arthur L., USNR (Ferry Command)16 September 1943 - 24 September 1943
    01ENS. Bartos, William Alfred, USN24 September 1943 - 18 May 1945
    02LT. Williams, Cyrus J., USNR18 May 1945 - 2 October 1945
    03LTjg. Fleming, James T.,USNR2 October 1945 - 26 July 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 Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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