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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)

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 5 July 1943, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 13 September 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-130, 4 November 1943, LT John E. Collins USNR, in command
  • During World War II LST-130 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirteen, CAPT. J. G. Sampson USN (22);
    LST Group Thirty-Nine, CDR. B. T. Zelenka USN (24);
    LST Division Seventy-Seven and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 25 June to 7 August 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa, 25 March to 29 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-130 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    23 October to 9 November 1945
    3 February to 10 March 1946

  • Decommissioned, 10 March 1946 and transferred to Commander Naval Forces Fare East (COMNAVFE), Naval Shipping Control Agency for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q093
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 December 1947
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 27 May 1948 to Bethlehem Steel Co., Seattle WA.
  • USS LST-130 earned two battle stars for World War II service
    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'
    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-130 51k USS LST-130 beached, date and location unknown. Archie Norwood Sr
    in honor of his brother Wilburn W Norwood, BM1/c USN, USS LST-130 1943-45.
    LST-130 61k
    LST-130 54k
    LST-130 105k USS LST-130 underway circa 1944, location unknown. Joseph S. Levine USS LST-130
    LST-130 133k Aft plan view of USS LST-130 at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 7 September 1945. LST-130 was under repair at Mare Island from 24 August to 8 September 1945.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 6390-45.
    Darryl Baker
    LST-130 150k Forward plan view of USS LST-130 at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 7 September 1945. USS Sabik (AK 121) is forward of LST-130 while a covered lighter and USS ARD-11 is to the right.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 6391-45.
    Darryl Baker
    LST-130 67k Broadside view of USS LST-130 departing Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 9 September 1945.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 6397-45.
    Darryl Baker
    LST-130 69k Broadside view of USS LST-130 departing Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 9 September 1945.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 6398-45.
    Darryl Baker

    USS LST-130
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Collins, John E., USNR4 November 1943 - 1945
    02LT. Auchincloss, L. S., USNR1945 - 10 March 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
    USS LST-130 Crew Photos
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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