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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Lima - Bravo
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 (5)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 30 June 1943, at Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
Launched, 31 August 1943
Commissioned USS LST-127, 6 October 1943, LT. Robert S. Blieden USNR in command
During World War II USS LST-127 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Thirteen, CAPT. J.G. Sampson USN (22);
LST Group Thirty-Eight, LCDR. M.F. Stiling USNR;
LST Division Seventy-Five and participated in the following campaigns;
Decommissioned, 11 March 1947
Struck from the Naval Register, 10 June 1947
USS LST-127 earned five battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 11 June 1948, to Walter W. Johnson Co.
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Marshall Islands operation
Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January to 8 February 1944
Occupation of Eniwetok Atoll, 17 to 23 February 1944
|Western Caroline Islands operation
Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June to 28 July 1944
Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
|Tinian Capture and occupation, 24 to 28 July 1944
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-127 and USS LST-681 unloading across a pontoon bridge onto the beach at Lingayen Gulf during the landings 9 January 1945.
||USS LST-127 beach with multiple LSTs at Lingayen Gulf, date unknown.
||USS LST-127 under way in San Francisco Bay, circa 1945-46.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 83626 Courtesy D. M. McPherson, 1975
|01||LT. Blieden, Robert S., USNR||6 October 1943 - June 1944
|02||LT. Reed, Jack J., USNR||June 1944 - March 1945
|03||LT. Tabin, Seymour, USNR||March 1945 - 15 September 1945
|04||LT. Rabb Jr., Lawrence W., USNR||15 September 1945 - 8 November 1945
|05||LT. O'Rourke, John Bernard, USNR||8 November 1945 - 11 March 1947
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Crew Contact - Francis Hillibush
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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