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International Radio Call Sign:
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. Leo T. Tyburski 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:
|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
Final Disposition, sold, 30 September 1946, to Northwest Merchandizing Service, Seattle, WA., fate unknown
USS LST-851 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-851 at anchor off Okinawa, date unknown.
||Richard Harshman, with permission
||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.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The USS LST Ship Memorial
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United States LST Association
Last Updated 5 December 2014
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