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USS LST-230 (1943 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Romeo - Charlie
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

USNS T-LST-230 was transferred to the Philippine Navy, named BRP Laguna (LT-501)
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 10 June 1943, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 12 October 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-230, 3 November 1943, LT. L. H. Moody, USN, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-230 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944 Invasion of Southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944

  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-230 came under the command of:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Six, CAPT. D.F.J. Shea USN (23);
    LST Group One Hundred Seven, CDR. L. F. Teuscher USN (23);
    LST Division Two Hundred Fourteen
  • Following World War II USS LST-230 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    13 to 25 September 1945
    3 February to 4 March1946
  • Decommissioned, 4 March 1946
  • Assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP) redesignated Q082
  • Transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Command (MSTS), 31 March 1952, placed in service as USNS T-LST-230
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Philippine Navy, 13 September 1976, named BRP Laguna (LT-501)
  • Final Disposition, fate, unknown
  • USS LST-230 earned two 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 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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    USS LST-230
    LST-311 145k Invasion shipping in Dart River, at Dartmouth, England, awaiting the invasion signal, 2 June 1944. Barrage balloons are overhead. Among the ships at left are:
    USS LST-230;
    USS LST-49;
    USS LST-311;
    USS LST-281;. Also present are several British coastal forces vessels.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-252243, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    BRP Laguna (LT-502)
    LST-230 105k Ex-USS LST-230 now the Philippines navy's BRP Laguna (LT-501) at A.G.& P. Shipyard, Bauan, Batangas Island, Republic of the Philippines, 3 March 1994. Edison Sy
    LST-230 152k BRP Laguna (LT-501) at A.G.& P. Shipyard, Bauan, Batangas Island, Republic of the Philippines, 3 March 1994. Edison Sy
    LST-230 171k BRP Laguna (LT-501) moored at Cebu, Republic of the Philippines, 26 June 2015 .
    Photo by Mike Baylon, with permission.
    Edison Sy
    LST-230 499k BRP Laguna (LT-501) moored at Cebu, Republic of the Philippines, date unknown. Edison Sy
    627k BRP Laguna (LT-501) moored at Pag-Asa Island, 19 June 2023, in the Spratleys during a resupply mission in support of the Philippine troops stationed there.
    Google Earth
    Vincent M. Solinap

    USS LST-230
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Moody, L. H., USN3 November 1943 - 15 November 1944
    02LT. Mills, Thorley C., USNR15 November 1944 - ?

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

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