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USS LST-909


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Papa - Whiskey
NVPW
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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)


542 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 19 February 1944 at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 3 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-909, 11 May 1944, LT. R. C. Bryan USNR in command
  • During World War II, USS LST-909 was assigned to the Asiatic Pacific Theater:
    : At Okinawa - LST Flotilla Fourteen, CAPT. E. A. Seay USN (24);
    LST Group Forty, CDR. G. Reith USN (24);
    LST Division Seventy-Nine and participated in the following campaigns;
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 15 April

  • Following World War II USS LST-909 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    20 October to 1 November 1945
    15 November 1945 to 12 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 21 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold to Kaiser Co., Inc., Vancouver, Wash., 19 May 1948, for scrapping
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    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'
    Draft
    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
    Complement
    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
    Propulsion
    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-909 47k USS LST-909 underway, 12 May 1944, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    LST Home Port Web Site
    LST-909 83k USS LST-909 returning to San Francisco in March 1946 LST Home Port Web Site

    USS LST-909
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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