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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 (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 7 July 1943, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
Launched, 19 September 1943
Commissioned USS LST-131, 15 November 1943, LT. John M. Tully, USNR, in command
During World War II, USS LST-131 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Thirteen, CAPT. J.G. Sampson USN (22);
LST Group Thirty-Seven, CDR. R.D. Higgins USNR;
LST Division Seventy-Three and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June to 28 July 1944
|Western Caroline Islands operation
Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
|Tinian capture and occupation, 24 to 28 July 1943
Following World War II USS LST-131 was assigned the Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 1 January 1946
Decommissioned, 20 May 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 10 June 1947
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 6 April 1948, to Kaiser Co., Inc., Seattle, WA
USS LST-131 earned three battle stars for World War II service
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
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-131 at anchor, date and location unknown.
||Vic Syfrit QM3/c USS LST-131
USS LST-1085 and
USS LST-131 on the LST ramp at Yokohama between, circa September to November 1945.
||Patrick D. Dolan in honor of Charles Houston Harris SM3/c USS LST-1085
||A pontoon causeway is being loaded aboard USS LST-131 by personnel assigned to
302nd NCB, date and location unknown.
||Raymond Cvetovich, Ph.D.
|01||LT. Tully, John M., USNR||15 November 1943 - 5 July 1945|
|02||LTjg. Robbins, Kenneth W., USNR||5 July 1945 - 5 December 1945|
|03||LTjg. Everett, Leroy C., USNR||5 December 1945 - 20 May 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
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