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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)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship
Laid down, 14 October 1944, at Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
Launched, 27 November 1944
Commissioned USS LST-866, 21 December 1944, ENS.. Fred L. Scott USN, in command
During World War II USS LST-866 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Thirty-One, CAPT. H. S. Covington USN (22);
LST Group Ninety-One, CDR. J. R. Motes Jr. USN (31);
LST Division One Hundred Eighty-Two and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 8 to 30 June 1945
Following World War II USS LST-866 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Decommissioned, 27 June 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 25 September 1947, to Consolidated Builders, Inc., Seattle, WA.
USS LST-866 earned one battle star for World War II service
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 September to 30 November 1945||15 January to 5 February 1946
|6 to 9 February 1946||10 February to 6 April 1946
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-866 is in the far distance astern of USS Napa (APA-157) moored to a buoy in the Whangpoo River, Shanghai, China, 24 January 1946. Also present is USS LST-935 in the distance forward of Napa's bow.
||Stephen C. Hopkins for his father LTjg. Jonathan H. Hopkins USS Napa
||USS LST-866 crew photo taken while the ship was moored in the Whangphoo River at Shanghai, China, 18 January 1946.
Robert M. North is second from the right in the front row.
||Jeffrey North for his father Robert M. North USS LST-866
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||ENS. Scott, Fred L., USN||21 December 1944 - 18 February 1946|
|02||LTjg. Bartholomew, William Sayre, USNR||18 February 1946 - 18 May 1946|
|03||LTjg. Gregory Jr., Charles Alexander, USNR||18 May 1946 - 27 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 26 September 2015
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