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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 Medal (with Asia clasp)
542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 3 October 1944, at Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
Launched, 18 November 1944
Commissioned USS LST-864, 13 December 1944, LT. Richard B. J. Wathen. USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-864 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Twenty-Three, CAPT. W.W. Weeden Jr. USN;
LST Group Sixty-Eight, CDR. G. H. Dana USN (20);
LST Division One Hundred Thirty-Eight and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 18 April 18 June 1945
Following World War II USS LST-864 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|7 to 27 September 1945||
|22 October to 23 November 1945||
|24 June 1946 to 23 January 1947||24 June 1946 to 23 January 1947
Decommissioned, 1 May 1947
Struck from the Naval Register, 22 May 1947
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 June 1948, to Consolidated Builders, Inc., Seattle, WA.
USS LST-864 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-864 unloading across a floating causeway, date and location unknown. The Commanding Officer Lt. Wathen watches the unloading of his ship.
||USS LST-864 under way fully loaded, date and location unknown.
||USS LST-864 beached while unloading at Yokosuka, Japan, date unknown.
||USS LST-864 beached with USS LST-1130 and USS LST-1120, date and location unknown.
||B.E. Hughes, LST-1120 web site
||USS LST-864 crew members William Provins and Walter Rushing.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Wathen, Richard B. J., USNR||13 December 1944 - 26 October 1945|
|02||ENS. Haines, Frank L., USN||26 October 1945 - January 1946|
|03||LTjg. Grady, Charles R., USNR||January 1946 - March 1946|
|04||LTjg. Marshall, Byron S., USN||March 1946 - 1 May 1947.05.1947|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Jean Wick, Secretary of the LST-864 Reunion Group
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The Lucky Lady - The story of the USS LST-864 by Mike Martin (Son of Robert J. Martin USS LST-864)
The USS LST Ship Memorial
LST Home Port
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 12 June 2015
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