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USS LST-227


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Foxtrot - Bravo
NZFB
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 (6) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)



USS LST-227 was transferred to South Korea and renamed ROKS Duk Bong (LST-808)
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 10 May 1943, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 21 September 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-227, 16 October 1943, LT. Joseph Molnar, USNR, in command
  • During World War II LST-227 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirteen, CAPT. J.G. Sampson USN (22);
    LST Group Thirty-Eight (flagship), LCDR. M.F. Stiling USNR;
    LST Division Seventy-Six and participated in the following campaigns;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marshall Islands operation
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 2 to 8 February 1944
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Hollandia operation, 12 to 28 April 1944 Luzon operations
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 28 July 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 10 May 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-227 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    21 October to 25 November 1945
    13 December 1945 to 13 January 1946

  • Decommissioned, 22 January 1946
  • Assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), 23 January 1946 to 6 June 1950, designated Q025
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Transferred on loan, to South Korea, 27 March 1955, renamed ROKS Duk Bong (LST-808)
  • Sold outright to South Korea, 1 November 1974
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 November 1974
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-227 earned six battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    Draft
    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
    Complement
    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
    Propulsion
    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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    USS LST-227
    LST-227 469k USS LST-227 beached, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    David Buell
    LST-476 75k USS LST-227, USS LST-476 and USS LST-879 beached, date and location unknown. Theron Dosch for Loran W. (Slim) Roberts USS LST-476
    ROKS Duk Bong (LST-808)
    LST-227 110k Ex-USS LST-227 in South Korean naval service as ROKS Duk Bong (LST-808) and ROKS Gybong (LST-810) (ex-USS Berkshire County (LST-288) moored at Chinhae, South Korea, circa 1956 or later.
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Molnar, Joseph, USNR16 October 1943 - 1945
    02LT. Blaske, F. H., USNR1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log


    For more photos and information about USS LST-227 see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • Western Caroline Islands Attack Landing Order
  • Beach White Peleliu - CTF 32 Operation Plan A501-44 Appendix 4 to Annex "D"
  • The USS LST Ship Memorial
  • LST Home Port
  • State LST Chapters
  • United States LST Association

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