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International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Foxtrot - India
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 18 October 1944, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 3 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-844, 30 December 1944, LT. James F. Trawick, USN, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-844 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-One, CAPT. H. S. Covington USN (22);
    LST Group Ninety-Two, CDR. J. G. Winn USN;
    LST Division One Hundred Eighty-Three and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 29 May to 29 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-844 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 9 September to 10 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 17 September 1947
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 29 September 1947
  • Sold for operation, 28 June 1948, to the Humble Oil & Refining Co., Houston, TX.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-844 earned one battle star 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
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 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-844 149k USS LST-844 on launching ways at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA., 3 December 1944. Joseph Cook
    LST-844 285k Cook family standing on the USS LST-844 launching platform at American Bridge, Ambridge, PA, 3 December 1944. USS LST-844 was christened at her launching by Mrs. Dorothy G. Cook (holding the Champaign bottle). With her on the platform are; Mrs. D. P Cook with her parents Dr. and Mrs. Joseph L Grimm, her two sons, David Cook and Joe Cook (youngest) and Mr. David P. Cook, supervisor for construction of LST-844. Mr. Cook was a 30 year employee of American Bridge. Joseph Cook

    USS LST-844
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Trawick, James Frank, USN30 December 1944 - 31 October 1945
    02LT. Leake Jr., Eugene Walter, USNROctober 1945 - 19 January 1946
    03LT. Reynolds, Thomas Emmett, USNR19 January 1946 - 19 September 1947
    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
    USS LST-844 on Facebook
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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