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November - India - Victor - India
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, 14 November 1944, at Jeffersonville Boat & Machinery Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 3 January 1945
  • Commissioned USS LST-873, 27 January 1945, LT. Ned S. Holley, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-873 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Two; CAPT. CAPT. D. J. Sweeny;
    LST Group Ninety-Six; CDR. J. M. Dod, USNR;
    LST Division One Hundred Ninety-Two
  • Following World War II USS LST-873 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    20 September to 2 October 1945
    18 October to 5 November 1945
    29 December 1945 to 4 February 1946
    15 to 24 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 8 August 1946
  • Struck Naval Register, 25 September 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 20 May 1948, to Kaiser Co., Inc., Vancouver, WA.
    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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    320k LST-873 launch, 3 January 1945, at Jeffersonville Boat & Machinery Co., Jeffersonville, IN. Bill Glass
    LST-873 75k USS LST-873 entering San Francisco Bay just prior to departing to Pearl Harbor and Saipan, 12 March 1945. Allen Bond to honor his father P.A. Bond. Jr., QM3/c USS LST-873
    86k USS LST-873 underway, circa 1945-46, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 84701
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS LST-873
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Holley, Ned S., USNR27 January 1945 - 15 March 1946
    02LTjg. Tolle, Charles L. USNR15 March 1946 - 8 August 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
    USS LST-873 Crew Roster
    USS LST-873 Voyage Log 20 Jan to 10 Nov 45
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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