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USS LST-287 (1943 - 1951)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Charlie - Alpha
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
USS LST-287 was transferred to the Philippines renamed RPS Samar Oriental (LT-502)
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 30 August 1943, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
Launched, 31 October 1943
Placed in partial commission, 29 November 1943, as USS LST-287, for transit to her fitting out yard, LT. F. P. Wahlig, Ferry Command, in command
Commissioned USS LST-287, 15 December 1943, LT. Frank P. Eldredge, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-287 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:
European-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
Decommissioned, 13 June 1946
Transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service, 29 May 1951
Placed in service as USNS T-LST-287
Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
LST-287 earned one battle star for World War II service
Transferred to the Philippine Navy, 13 September 1976, renamed RPS Samar Oriental (LT-502)
Decommissioned by the Philippine Navy, date unknown
Final Disposition, fate unknown
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-287
||LST-287 construction progress photo, 2 September 1943 at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA
||USS LST-287 at anchor, date and location unknown.
||Ralph Rogers USS LST-287
||USS LST-287 embarking U.S. Army soldiers of the XX Corps in November in England, 1944.
Leonard Kaplan is in the group of five soldiers in front of LST-287 and seen checking out the 40mm (Bofor) in photo 1016028711.
|Richard Kaplan for his father Technician T/5 Leonard Kaplan. 69th Signal Btn. XX Corps, Third Army.
||USS LST-287 with embarked U.S. Army soldiers of the XX Corps aboard, November 1944.
69th Signal Btn. XX Corps, Third Army appears in both of these photos
| USNS T-LST-287
||USNS T-LST-287 drydocked, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo # 330-PS-6135 3
|National Museum of the US Navy
||USNS T-LST-287 under way, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from "Janes Fighting Ships, 1971-72"
| RPS Samar Oriental (LT-502)
||Ex-LST-287 in Republic of the Philippines service as RPS Samar Oriental (LT-502) beached in the Philippines in 1987.
||Photos by Karsten Petersen with permission
||RPS Samar Oriental (LT-502) moored at Poro Point, La Union Province, Luzon Island, Republic of the Philippines, 2 September 1991.
USS LST-287 / USNS T-LST-287
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Wahlig, F. P. (Ferry Command)||29 November 1943 - 15 December 1943|
|02||LTjg. Eldredge, Frank P., USNR||15 December 1943 - 16 September 1944|
|03||LT. Cross, Elmer E., USN||16 September 1944 - 13 June 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 Home Port
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
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