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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - November - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 27 May 1943, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
Launched, 5 October 1943
Commissioned USS LST-229, 3 November 1943, LT. Boothe, Gardner L. USNR in command
During World War II USS LST-229 was assigned to both the Europe-Africa Middle East Theater and Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
While assigned in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-229 came under the command of :
LST Flotilla Thirty-Five, CAPT. D. H. Johnston USN (22);
LST Group One Hundred Three, CDR. A L. Warburton USN (24);
LST Division Two Hundred Six
Following World War II USS LST-229 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|15 to 18 December 1945||27 September to 14 December 1945
|20 January to 13 February 1946||
Decommissioned, 12 February 1946
Assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), designated Q054
Struck from the Naval Register, 31 October 1947
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 April 1948, to Consolidated Shipbuilding Corp., Morris Heights, N.Y.
USS LST-229 earned one battle star 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-229 with LCT-583 secured to her main
deck, 6 January 1844. LCT's were frequently carried to assault areas on the decks of LST's. On arrival off the beachhead, the LST was ballasted down to one side. The LCT, over 120 feet
long and with an empty displacement of more than 150 tons, slid sideways into the water for loading.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 84718, courtesy of D.M. McPherson, 1976.
US Naval History and Heritage Command
||Naval craft off Gold Beach assault area, 6 June 1944. In the foreground is an MTB, a line of LCP(L)s and USS LST-229 in the
Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection, by Beadell, S.J (Lt)Photo No. © IWM (A 23907).
||USS LST-229 and USS LST-281 moored together date and location unknown.
||Riley R. Requa MoMM3/c USS LST-49
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Boothe Jr., Gardner L. USNR||3 November 1943 - 1944|
|03||LT. Boothe Jr., Gardner L. USNR||1945 - ?|
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
Last Updated 29 September 2017
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