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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:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of southern France 15 August 1944 to 25 September 1944
  • 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
    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
    7 - 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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    USS LST-907
    LST-988 294k 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 Corsica, circa 13 July 1944. Photo by Haven Sanborn, Radio Mechanic, 523rd Fighter Squadron USAAF. Murray Sanborn for his father Haven Sanborn
    124k USS LST-74, USS LST-907 and and USS LST-988 moored in a nest, date and location unknown.
    Luke Karolchyk LST-907 photo collection
    Mary Ann Karolchyk and Cheryl Brozovic on behalf of their father Luke Karolchyk LST-907
    LST-907 90k 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
    LST-907 42k 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. Robert Hurst
    LST-907 53k The sea-going cadet training ship ARBV Capana underway and dressed overall, circa 1952, location unknown. Robert Hurst

    USS LST-907
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Morgan, Dale O., USNR30 April 1944 - December 1945
    01LT. Cantelope, Edwin J., USNDecember 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
    Photo Collection of S1/c Luke Karolchyk, Coxswain (t) USS LST-907
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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