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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) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 9 August 1943, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 17 October 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-284, 25 November 1943, ENS. W. H. Pennington, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-284 was assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944 Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 24 May to 30 June 1945
    Invasion of Southern France, 15 August to 23 September 1944  

  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-284, LT. Thomas B. Brooks, USNR, 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-284 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 13 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
  • USS LST-284 earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 11 December 1947, to Southern Shipwrecking Co., New Orleans, LA.
    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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    LST-380 472k From right to left; USS LST-380, USS LST-284, USS LST-499, and USS LST-382 at Brixham Harbour, England, 1 June 1944, loading up with equipment ready for the cross channel invasion.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # SC206438 by Nehez
    Bill Gonyo
    LCI(L)-321 305k USS LST-284's LCVPs underway in the foreground as USS LCI(L)-321 approaches the Normandy beachhead, D-Day, 6 June 1944. Jerry Gilmartin MMC(SW) USN Ret. Secretary AFMM LCI 713, Curator PT-658 Save the PT Boat Inc, courtesy Dennis Blocker LCI National Association Historian
    LST-284 14k USS LST-284 on the beach at Okinawa, June 1945.
    US National Archives image
    Bill Brinkley

    USS LST-284
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01ENS. Pennington, W. H., USN25 November 1943 - 17 January 1944
    02LT. McBrier, James William, USN17 January 1944 - 30 September 1944
    03LTjg. Decker, Harold D., USNR30 September 1944 - 20 January 1945
    04LT. Gross, Joseph H., USNR20 January 1945 - 10 February 1945
    05LT. Brooks, Thomas B., USNR10 February 1945 - 1 October 1945
    06LT. Whiteside, Robert L., USNR1 October 1945 - December 1945
    07LTjg. Goldberg, Sidney J., USNRDecember 1945 - 13 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
    Unofficial History of USS LST-284 by Earl Blair
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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