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November - India - November - Hotel

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

542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 10 August 1944, at Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 8 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-851, 30 November 1944, LT. Clifford D. Older USNR, in command
  • During World War II, USS LST-851 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Twenty-Five, CAPT. H.E. Richter USN (24);
    LST Group Seventy-Five, CDR. G. W. Stringer USN (28);
    LST Division One Hundred Forty-Nine and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 16 to 20 May 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-851 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 13 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 24 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
  • USS LST-851 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 30 September 1946, to Northwest Merchandizing Service, Seattle, WA., fate unknown
    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-1 25k USS LST-851 at anchor off Okinawa, date unknown. Richard Harshman, with permission
    NARA 80-G-33050
    120k USS LST-226 nested alongside USS LST-851 and an unidentified LST at a Pacific base, date and location unknown. Note LST-226's empty davits. Severe storms during the Peleliu operation carried away her boats and did superficial damage to her superstructure.
    Photos received, 28 June 1945
    US National Archive photo #s 80-G-33050 and 80-G-33051 US Navy photos now in the collections of the US National Archives at College Park, MD.
    Tracy White
    NARA 80-G-33051

    USS LST-851
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Older, Clifford D., USNR 30 November 1944 - 23 March 1945
    02LT. Tyburski, Leo L., USNR23 March 1945 - March 1946
    03LT. Nix, Everett L., USNMarch 1946 - 24 April 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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