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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

542-Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 24 January 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 11 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-906, 27 April 1944, ENS. R. J. Driken USN in command
  • During World War II USS LST-906 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944

  • Decommissioned, 20 May 1945, after grounding at Leghorn, Italy, 18 October 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 22 June 1945
  • USS LST-906 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 22 June 1945
    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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    73k The ship's sponsor Mrs. Henry Levine breaks the traditional bottle of Champagne across the bow of LST-906 during the launching ceremony, 11 March 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA. Peter Bergh
    56k LST-906 launching, 11 March 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA. Peter Bergh
    61k USS LST-906 commissioning ceremony, 27 April 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc. Invited guests. Peter Bergh
    61k USS LST-906 commissioning ceremony, 27 April 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc.
                                    Order of Events
    1. Ship's company takes station for commissioning
    2. Commandant's representative arrives onboard
    3. Chaplain offers invocation
    4. Shipyard repesntivie turns ship over to Commandant's representative
    5. Commandant's representative puts ship in commission
    6. National anthem-break commission pennant, hoist ensign and jack
    7. Commandant's representative addresses Ship's Company
    8. Commanding Officer reads his orders and assumes command
    9. First watch is set.
    10. Reception for guests either aboard or in shipyard
    Note-The red arrow points to ENS. Charles Richard Bergh
    Peter Bergh for his father ENS. Charles Richard Bergh USNR USS LST-906
    LST-906/1011/1012 66k USS LST-906 (foreground), USS LST-1011 (middle) and USS LST-1012 (background) at the Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Norfolk, VA., 27 May 1944. The Library of Virginia. US Army Signal Corps Photograph Collection
    LST-906 82k USS LST-906 in a shipyard while bow door is repaired following a collision with another ship while in a convoy, date unknown. While the ship was in the shipyard her flight deck was installed. Raymond Cvetovich, Ph.D
    LST-906 110k Invasion of southern France, St. Tropez, circa August - September 1944. The photo of USS LST-906 came with the attached message:
      "Here is the photo of LST-906 with Capt. Alfred "Dutch" Schultz as pilot of 'Janey' the L4B Piper Cub artillery spotting plane. This information comes from Dutch Schultz's book "Janey: A Little Plane in a Big War". Dutch was the Pilot of the plane that my Dad flew in and took pictures for the 3rd Division. I met him last year and he remembered my Dad from more than 55 years ago. The Seabees converted the LST-906 into a homemade aircraft carrier, which was used in the Invasion of Southern France at St. Tropez."
    Rich Heller
    Webmaster The Society of the 3rd Infantry Division, U.S. Army
    LST-906 100k USS LST-906, with US Army Air Force L-4 Grasshopper on her flight deck being prepared for take-off. Note additional L-4 type aircraft stowed alongside the deck.
    US Army photo. Photo and text from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    LST-906 89k An undated photo of USS LST-906 with a USAAF L-4 Grasshopper just having left the flight deck, with Navy personnel looking on.
    US Army photo. Photo and text from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    LST-906 146k US Army Air Corps pilots and spotters aboard USS LST-906 talk over their mission before taking off in their L-4 Grasshopper aircraft to serve as spotters for naval gunfire in the invasion of Southern France, 15 August 1944.
    Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 94900
    Mike Green
    LST-906 92k Undated photo of USS LST-906 underway in the Mediterranean. She is fitted with a 220' x 16' temporary flight deck for launching USAAF Piper L-4 Grasshopper observation aircraft, one of which is shown, ready for launching.
    US Navy photo from "Allied Landing Craft and Ships of World War Two" by the US Division of Naval Intelligence.
    Robert Hurst

    USS LST-906
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01ENS. Driken, R. J., USN27 April 1944 - September 1944
    02LTjg. Van Syoc, Orrin Jay, USNRSeptember 1944 - 4 May 1945
    03LT. Sperling, Jack Irving, USNR4 May 1945 - 20 May 1945
    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
    The Brodie System - Runway On A Rope
    Brodie System YouTube video
    Brodie Landing System
    The Saga of the Seasick US Army Piper Cubs on the Navy's Smallest Aircraft Carriers
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
    The Society of the 3rd Infantry Division, U.S. Army
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