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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:
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
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|13 to 25 September 1945
|3 February to 4 March1946
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-230
||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-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)
||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.
||BRP Laguna (LT-501) at A.G.& P. Shipyard, Bauan, Batangas Island, Republic of the Philippines, 3 March 1994.
||BRP Laguna (LT-501) moored at Cebu, Republic of the Philippines, 26 June 2015 .
Photo by Mike Baylon, with permission.
||BRP Laguna (LT-501) moored at Cebu, Republic of the Philippines, date unknown.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Moody, L. H., USN||3 November 1943 - 15 November 1944|
|02||LT. Mills, Thorley C., USNR||15 November 1944 - ?|
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 21 April 2017
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