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USS LST-871 (1945)
November - India - Uniform - Xray
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 - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 9 November 1944. at Jeffersonville Boat & Machinery Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
Launched, 20 December 1944
Commissioned USS LST-871, 15 January 1945, LT. Frank W. Summers USNR in command
During World War II LST-871 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Thirty-Two, CAPT. D. J. Sweeny;
LST Group Ninety-Four, CDR. E. Roughton USN;
LST Division One Hundred Eighty-Seven
Redesignated Landing Ship Tank (Hospital) LST(H)-871, 15 September 1945
Following World War II USS LST(H)-871 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|22 to 30 September 1945
|25 October 1945 to 28 February 1946
|14 April to 4 May 1946
USS LST-871 was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.8.7 (Service Group - Rongerik Evacuation Unit for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
Decommissioned, 4 October 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 13 November 1946
Final Disposition, sold for commercial operation, 30 June 1948, to Humble Oil & Refining Co., Houston, TX.
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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||Ten LSTs moored at the Yonabaru Pier, Okinawa, 23 July 1945. From right to left:
US Navy photo 21st USNCB Neg. No. 204.
||LST-871 beached at Truk Island, 6 February 1946.
||Carol Simpson for Richard M. Powell S1/c USS LST-871, 9 January 1945 to 15 June 1946.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Summers, Frank W., USNR||15 January 1945 - 20 October 1945|
|02||LT. Fadem, Leroy, USNR||20 October 1945 - 3 January 1946|
|03||ENS. Fletcher, M. B., USNR||3 January 1946 - July 1946|
|04||LT. Watkins, James C., USN||July 1946 - 4 October 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
Action Report - Landing of Occupation Forces, Nagasaki Japan, September 1945
The USS LST Ship Memorial
LST Home Port
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 26 January 2018
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