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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)

Ex-USS LST-283 was purchased by Peru and named BAP Chimbote (LST-34)
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 2 August 1943, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 10 October 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-283, 18 November 1943, LTjg. John R. Perry, USN, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-283 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    European-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
    USS LST-283 departed Halifax N.S. 11 February 1944, arriving Milford Haven. England 16 March 1944.
    There she was loaded and departed 5 June 1944 for the invasion of Normandy, anchoring off UTAH beach.
    LST-283 made nine shuttles between Portland, England and OMAHA and UTAH beaches with prisoners and
    wounded Although not classified as "H" she carried 4 doctors and 40 corpsmen.
    Invasion of Southern France, 15 August to 13 September 1944

  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-283, LT. John R. Perry, USN, in command, came under the command of:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Six, CAPT. R. F. J. Shea, USN (23);
    LST Group One Hundred Seven CDR. L. F. Teuscher, USN (23);
    LST Division Two Hundred Thirteen
  • Following World War II USS LST-283 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 20 September to 20 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 13 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 22 January 1947
  • Sold for conversion to commercial service, 25 March 1947, to Northrup H. Castle, Honolulu, HI., named M/S Rawhiti
  • Purchased by Peru, 21 December 1951 for service in the Peruvian Navy as BAP Chimbote (LST-34)
  • USS LST-283 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
    9 officers, 120 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    14 officers, 131 enlisted
    Boats 6 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-283
    LST-283 32k USS LST-283 riding at anchor, possibly at Halifax, N.S. prior to sailing for Great Britain in convoy. Note LCT-594 loaded on her main deck. Ray Morey
    BAP Chimbote (LST-34)
    LST-283 33k Ex-USS LST-283 at anchor, circa 1965, while in Peruvian service as BAP Chimbote (LST-34), date and location unknown. Ray Morey
    LST-283 26k BAP Chimbote (LST-34) dressed out, circa 1953, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    LST-283 126k BAP Chimbote (LST-34) under way, circa 1970, location unknown.
    Peruvian Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    LST-283 184k BAP Chimbote (LST-34) moored pierside at Callao, Peru, date unknown.
    Photo by Karsten Petersen
    Robert Hurst

    USS LST-283
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Perry, John Raymond, USN18 November 1943 - 1945
    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 Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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