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November - India - Xray - 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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
542 Class Tank Landing Ship
Laid down, 2 November 1944, at Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
Launched, 13 December 1944
Commissioned USS LST-879, 5 January 1945, LT. Sidney A. Berkowitz USNR in command
During World War II USS LST-879 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Thirty-One, CAPT. H. S. Covington USN (23);
LST Group Ninety-Three CDR. E. R. Sperry USN (23);
LST Division One Hundred Eighty-Five and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 April to 7 June 1945
Following World War II LST-879 performed occupation duty in the Far East from 20 October to 19 November 1945
Decommissioned, 26 June 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 25 September 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 May 1948, to Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA.
USS LST-879 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-879 underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo.
||USS LST-879, USS LST-227 and USS LST-476 beached, date and location unknown.
||Theron Dosch for Loran W. (Slim) Roberts USS LST-476
||Ten LSTs moored at the Yonabaru Pier, Okinawa, 23 July 1945. From right to left:
US Navy photo 21st USNCB Neg. No. 204.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Berkowitz, Sidney A., USNR ||5 January 1945 - 1 September 1945|
|02||LTjg. Breen, Robert V., USNR||1 September 1945 - 22 January 1946|
|03||LTjg. Cunningham, Robert R., USNR ||22 January 1946 - 26 June 1946|
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
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 17 July 2015
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