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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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 1 October 1944, at Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 11 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-895, 16 December 1944, LT. John E. Gormley USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-895 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Twenty-Three, CAPT. W.W. Weeden Jr. USN;
    LST Group Sixty-Eight, CDR. G. H. Dana USN (20);
    LST Division One Hundred Thirty-Eight and participated in the following campaign;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 April to 10 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-895 was assigned to Occupation Service in the Far East from 9 to 25 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, 17 August 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1948
  • USS LST-895 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Sold, 10 January 1952, to Babbidge & Holt Co., Inc., Portland, OR.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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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    LST-895 36k LST-895 launching, 11 November 1944, at Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA. Al Lopinot PhM1/c USS LST-895
    LST-895 34k USS LST-895 and USS LST-70 beached, date and location unknown. Al Lopinot PhM1/c USS LST-895
    LST-895 481k USS LST-895 loading out equipment and supplies of Naval Construction Battalion, Seven at Saipan, Marianas Islands, circa 12-15 April 1945. LST-895. USS LST-926 and USS LST-758 transported the first echelon of the Battalion to Okinawa where they were offloaded, 1 May 1945.
    Photo from Construction Battalion Seven Cruisebook
    LCDR Bob Johnson, USN (Ret)
    LST-895 448k USS LST-895 offloading the equipment and supplies of the first echelon of Naval Construction Battalion, Seven into an LCT at Buckner Bay, Okinawa, 1 May 1945.
    Photo from Construction Battalion Seven Cruisebook
    LCDR Bob Johnson, USN (Ret)

    USS LST-895
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Gormley, John E., USNR16 December 1944 - 29 December 1944
    02LT. McWhorther, Albert W., USNR29 December 1944 - 25 February 1945
    03LT. La Montagne, John DeGottrau, USNR25 February 1945 - 20 December 1945
    04LT. Matherne, Marne S., USNR20 December 1945 - June 1946
    05LTjg. Berner, Leo D., USNRJune 1946 - July 1946
    06LT. Lorenz, John, USNJuly 1946 - 17 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
    Unofficial history of LST-895 by Al Lopinot USS LST-895 The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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