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USS LST(H)-213
USS LST-213 (1943 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Delta - Mike
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 (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 21 December 1942, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 16 June 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-213, 7 July 1943, Julian S. Gravely Jr., USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-213 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Five CAPT. G.B. Carter, USN;
    LST Group Fifteen CDR. V. K. Busck, USN; and
    LST Flotilla Three CDR. A. A. Ageton USN (23);
    LST Group Eight;
    LST Division Fifteen 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 20 July 1944
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 30 October 1944
    Tinian capture and occupation, 24 to 20 July 1944  

  • USS LST-213 participated in the rescue of survivors after the sinking of Gambier Bay (CVE-73) during the Battle of Samar, 25 October 1944
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Tank (Hospital) LST(H)-213, 15 September 1945
  • USS LST(H)-213 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 25 November 1945
  • Decommissioned in March 1946 and transferred to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q095
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 March 1947
  • USS LST-213 earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, transferred as a sale, 26 June 1947, to American Military Government, Korea
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    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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    LCT-81 87k USS LST-213 about to launch LCT-81 at Betio Anchorage, Tarawa Atoll, 4 January 1944. The Library of Virginia US Army Signal Corps Photograph Collection

    USS LST-213
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Gravely Jr., Julian S., USNR7 July 1943 - 10 January 1944
    02LT. Hoppock, George, USNR (USNA 1942)10 October 1944 - 1944
    03LTjg. Oliver, William J., USNR1944 - 4 July 1945
    04LT. Holder, John D., USNR4 July 1945 - 17 November 1945
    05LTjg. Embretson, Paul G., USNR17 November 1945 - 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
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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