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International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Uniform - Echo
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, 11 October 1944, at Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
Launched, 14 November 1944
Commissioned USS LST-863, 9 December 1944, LT. John D. Garrett USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-863 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:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 18 April to 30 June 1945
Following World War II USS LST-863 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|20 September to 3 October 1945
|15 October 1945 to 14 January 1946
Decommissioned, 18 June 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
USS LST-863 earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 13 May 1948, to Hughes Bros., Inc.
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-863 moored at Pearl Harbor, circa 16 to 23 January 1946.
Also present are:
USS Bennington (CV-20) moored across the channel at NAS Ford Island,
USS Troilus (AKA-46) moored astern of,
USS Cape Gloucester (CVE-109),
USS LST-1079 moored astern of
USS Terror (CM-5),
USS LST-459 with LCT-1015 secured to her main deck, astern of
Moored forward of LST-863 are an unidentified Minesweeper and two Rescue and Salvage ships
The next pier has two unidentified ships, possibly AKs the Survey Ship USS Sumner (AGS-5), and two unidentified Minesweepers
USS LST-737 moored astern of
USS LST-45 moored astern of numerous Minesweepers and possibly
USS Shipley Bay (CVE-85)
US Navy photo BUAer photo # 496019 from "CINCPAC, Released 23 January 1946.
||USS LST-863 entering San Francisco Bay (Note Homeward Bound Pennant) with
LCT(6)-813 on deck, circa early 1946.
US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 83644, courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1975.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Barrett, John D., USNR||9 December 1944 - March 1946|
|02||LTjg. Frosali, Mario J., USNR||March 1946 - 18 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
Last Updated 23 November 2018
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