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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
USS LST-907 was transferred to Venezuela and named ARBV Capana
542 Class Tank Landing Ship
Laid down, 31 January 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
Launched, 18 March 1944
Commissioned LST-907, 30 April 1944, LT. Dale O. Morgan, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-907 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:
Decommissioned, 18 October 1946 and laid up in the Reserve Fleet
Struck from the Naval Register and transferred to the Venezuela, 25 November 1946 and commissioned into the Venezuelan Navy as ARBV Capana
USS LST-907 earned one battle star for World War II service
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of southern France 15 August 1944 to 25 September 1944
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
7 - 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-907
||USS LST-907 and USS LST-988 moored at Civitavecchia, Italy while loading the US Army Air Force's 523rd Fighter Squadron's ground crew and equipment for sea lift to Corcisa, circa 13 July 1944. Photo by Haven Sanborn, Radio Mechanic, 523rd Fighter Squadron USAAF.
||Murray Sanborn for his father Haven Sanborn
||USS LST-907 at anchor off NAB Little Creek, VA. Note the damage to her bow caused by collision with another ship.
||Photo by ENS. W.R. Santschi USS LST-509
| ARBV Capana
||Ex-USS LST-907 moored, date and location unknown, while in service as the Venezuelan Navy sea-going cadet training ship ARBV Capana, Venezuelan Navy photo.
||The sea-going cadet training ship ARBV Capana underway and dressed overall, circa 1952, location unknown.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Morgan, Dale O., USNR||30 April 1944 - December 1945|
|01||LT. Cantelope, Edwin J., USN||December 1945 - 18 October 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
The USS LST Ship Memorial
LST Home Port
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 26 September 2015
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