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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
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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)
USS LST-885 was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 13 August 1944, at Dravo Corp.. Pittsburgh, PA.
Launched, 23 September 1944
Commissioned USS LST-885, 26 October 1944, LT. Oliver McIntosh USCGR in command
During World War II USS LST-885 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Twenty-Nine, CAPT. H. E. Richter USCG (24);
LST Group Eighty-Seven; CDR. E. Anderson USCG
LST Division One Hundred Seventy-Three and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 3 April 1945
Following World War II USS LST-885 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|2 to 6 September 1945
|15 September to 25 November 1945
Decommissioned, 29 April 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
Sold for commercial operations, 16 December 1947, to Tex-O-Kan Flour Mills Co., Dallas, TX.
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS LST-885 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-885 launching, 23 September 1944 at Dravo Corp Yard, Pittsburgh, PA.
||Harold E. Carter USS LST-885
||USS LST-647 moves in toward the beach at Kerama Retto. In background is USS LST-885.
Photographed from USS West Virginia (BB-48).
US National Archives photo # 80-G-K-3821, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
||USS LST-885 beached at Yokohama, 1945
||Harold E. Carter USS LST-885
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. McIntosh, Oliver T. USCGR||26 October 1944 - ?|
|02||LT. Davis, Caldwell USCG||? - 29 April 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
Harold E. Carter's personal collection of World War II and USS LST-885 photos
The USS LST Ship Memorial
LST Home Port
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
US Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS LST-885
Last Updated 28 April 2017
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