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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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 12 August 1944, at Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
Launched, 23 September 1944
Commissioned USS LST-811, 18 October 1944, LT. William J. Loeper, USNR, in command
During World War II, LST-811 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Twenty-One, CAPT. W. H. Brereton, USN (24);
LST Group Sixty-Three, LCDR. R .E. Farnestock USNR;
LST Division One Hundred Twenty-Five and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 18 June 1945
Following World War II LST-811 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 20 December 1945 to 3 March 1946
Decommissioned, 26 June 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 4 November 1947, to Dulien Steel Products Inc., Seattle, WA.
USS LST-811 earned one battle star for World War II service.
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-811 and USS LST-817 on the beach at Okinawa, date unknown.
||Maynard A. Altizer for his father
David H. Altizer S1/c USS LST-817
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Loeper, William John, USNR||18 October 1944 - 26 November 1945|
|02||LT. Upchruch, Oliver Lee, USNR||26 November 1945 - 4 January 1946|
|03||LTjg. Fallwell, William Joseph, USNR||January 1946 - 26 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