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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right top to bottom
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 14 June 1943, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 9 November 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-134, 7 December 1943, LT. Edgar G. Curtin, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-134 was assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944 Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 24 May to 30 June 1945
    Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944  

  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-134 came under the command of:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Nine, CAPT. D. H. Johnston USN (22);
    LST Group One Hundred-Five, CDR. E. P Wilson USN (20);
    LST Division Two Hundred-Nine
  • Following World War II USS LST-130 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    21 September to 2 October 1945
    19 October to 20 December 1945
    5 January to 17 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 17 February 1946 and transferred to Commander Naval Forces Fare East (COMNAVFE), Naval Shipping Control Agency for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q064
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 October 1947
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 20 April 1948, to Bethlehem Steel Co., Seattle, WA.
  • USS LST-134 earned three 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 6 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-134 128k USS LST-134 in the background, as a US Army CCKW 2 -ton 6x6 cargo truck with Browning M2 machine gun prepares to be loaded onto an unidentified LST prior to the Normandy invasion, circa early June 1944.
    US Army, Photo No. unknown
    Mike Green
    LST-134 923k USS LST-134 beached at Normandy while unloading during low tide,12 June 1944. Note barrage balloons overhead providing protection from air attack.
    US Navy photo # 80-G-252798 from the collections of the US National Archives.
    David Kerr
    LST-325 1209k USS LST-134 and USS LST-325 beached at Normandy, 12 June 1944, as jeeps driving along the invasion beach carry casualties to the waiting LSTs. The LSTs will bring the casualties back to Britain for hospitalization.
    US Navy photo # 80-G-252777 from the collections of the US National Archives.
    David Kerr
    1141k USS LST-134 beached at Normandy, 12 June 1944, as jeeps driving along the invasion beach carry casualties to the waiting ship. LST-134 carried the casualties back to Britain for hospitalization.
    US Navy. photos # 80-G-252778, 80-G-252786 and 80-G-252785 from the collections of the US National Archives.
    David Kerr
    LST-50 528k USS LST-50 probably at anchor off of Okinawa, circa June 1945. The LCVP in the foreground is probably from USS LST-134. Steve Franklin for W.B. Wendt USS Bottineau

    USS LST-134
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Curtin, Edgar G., USNR7 December 1943 - 1945
    02LT. Shrewsbury, William J., USNR1945 - 17 February 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 Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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