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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
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
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|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
Following World War II 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
Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 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)
Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
7 officers, 104 enlisted
16 officers, 147 enlisted
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
Propulsion two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders
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||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.
|BAP Chimbote (LST-34)
||Ex-USS LST-283 at anchor, circa 1965, while in Peruvian service as BAP Chimbote (LST-34), date and location unknown.
||BAP Chimbote (LST-34) dressed out, circa 1953.
||BAP Chimbote (LST-34) moored pierside at Callao, Peru, date unknown.
Photo by Karsten Petersen
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
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 9 September 2011
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