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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom 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, 26 September 1944, at Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 9 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-862, 4 December 1944, LT. Joseph L. Broderick USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-862 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Twenty-Three, CAPT. W.W. Weeden Jr. USN;
    LST Group Sixty-Nine, CDR. H. F. Agnen USN (23);
    LST Division One Hundred Thirty-Seven and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 5 April to 18 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-862 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    25 September to 18 October 194525 September to 18 October 1945
    23 November 1945 to 24 April 194623 November 1945 to 23 April 1946
  • Decommissioned in 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 10 October 1947
  • Final Disposition,
  • USS LST-862 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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    Size Image Description Contributed
    LST-862 126k USS LST-862 at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 84700. courtesy D. M. McPherson, 1976.
    LST-862 28k USS LST-862 at anchor in the Whangpoo River off Shanghai, China, 22 January 1946. Dennis A. Steenbergen, courtesy Linda McFadden/Slade in honor of her father John E. McFadden SC/2c USS LST 862
    LST-862 155k USS LST-862 and USS LST-718 loading supplies for the Chinese First Army, at Kowloon docks, Hong Kong BCC for transport to Northern China, 13 March 1946
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-365977 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.

    USS LST-862
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Broderick, Joseph Lyons, USNR4 December 1944 - 13 November 1945
    02LT. Moffett, Robert N., USNR13 November 1945 - 1946
    03LTjg. Brown, L. E., USNR1946
    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
    Personnel Photo Collection of John E. McFadden SC/2c USS LST-862
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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