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USS LST-244


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Charlie - Bravo
NPCB
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal


LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 1 May 1943, at Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville IN.
  • Launched, 14 July 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-244, 13 August 1943, LT. J. C. McCormick Jr., in command
  • During World War II, USS LST-244 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirteen, CAPT. J. G. Sampson USN (22);
    LST Group Thirty-Nine, (flagship) CDR. B. T. Zelenka USN (24);
    LST Division Seventy-Seven and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Gilbert Islands operation, 23 November to 8 December 1943
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 25 June to 7 August 1944
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 July to 5 August 1944
    Marshall Islands operation
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro, 2 to 8 February 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa, 2 to 10 April 1945

  • Decommissioned, 28 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 11 June 1948, to Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., of Chester, PA.
  • USS LST-244 earned four 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. (beaching displacement)
    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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    LST-484 1039k USS LST-484 beached at Green Beach Kwajalein while USS LST-244 unloads across a floating causeway, February 1944. Raymond Cvetovich, Ph.D.
    LST-78/244/801 56k USS LST-244 moored starboard side to a water barge/tanker, possibly at Tinian or Saipan in the Marianas Islands, circa 1945. Other ships in the photo include USS LST-78 and USS LST-801 Photo by LTjg. Jack D. Curlee,
    Engineering Officer USS LST-78

    USS LST-244
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. McCormick Jr., J. C.13 August 1943 - 1944
    02LT. Kramer, John F., USNR1944 - 23 March 1945
    03LT. Mehr, Charles D., USNR23 March 1945 - 28 March 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 Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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