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November - Papa - India - Zulu
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 (4) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 9 March 1943, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
Launched, 7 August 1943
Commissioned USS LST-221, 2 September 1943, LT. Joseph H. Church, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-221 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Three, CDR USN (22);
LST Group Nine, CDR. S. A. Leif USNR;
LST Division Seventeen and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaigns and Dates
||Campaigns and Dates
|Marshall Islands operation
Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January to 8 February 1944
Occupation of Eniwetok Atoll, 17 February to 2 March 1944
Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 25 July 1944
|Hollandia operation, 21 to 27 April 1944
||Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and Occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 3 to 9 April 1945
Following World War II USS LST-221 assigned to Occupation service in the Far East 17 September 1945 to 16 February 1946
Decommissioned, 6 May 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
Final Disposition, sold for non-self propelled merchant service, 4 March 1948, to Port Houston Iron Works, Inc., Houston, TX. USS LST-221 earned four battle stars for World War II service
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-221 transferring bombs to USS Hancock (CV-19) mid-Pacific, date unknown.
US Navy photo from DANFS.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
||Six LSTs including USS LST-221, USS LST-456 and USS LST-452 loading men and equipment during a practice landing near Lae, New Guinea, 10 April 1944.
US Army Signal Corps photo # SWPA-C-44-12328 by Cpl. Claude Carnay.
||Left to Right;
USS LST-221> and
USS LST-456 beached at Finschhaven New Guinea, April 1944.
US National Archives Record Group 111, Photo # SC 259917, a US Army Signal Corps photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS LST-221, USS LST-122 and USS LST-759
beached at Okinawa in August 1945.
||Patrick Dierking for his father Norman F. Dierking SF2c (CB)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Church, Joseph Henry, USNR||2 September 1943 - 19 August 1944|
|02||LT. Baker, Eugene M., USNR||19 August 1944 - 1 July 1945|
|03||LTjg. Phelan, Joseph J., USNR||1 July 1945 - 6 May 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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