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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Leyte, Luzon)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

542-Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 28 February 1944, by the Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 12 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST 911, 14 May 1944, LTjg. Earl. H. Clark, USN in command
  • During World War II USS LST-911 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Eight, Capt E. Watts, USN;
    LST Group Twenty-Three, CDR. T.C. Linthicum, USN;
    LST Division Forty-Five and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Western New Guinea operations
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
    Consolidation and capture of the southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 5 to 18 November 1944
    Borneo operation;
    Balikpapan operation, 28 June to 10 July 1945
    Luzon operations
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 17 January 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-911 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    28 September to 25 October 1945
    16 November 1945 to 18 April 1946

  • Decommissioned, 24 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
  • USS LST-911 earned five battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 25 September 1947, to the Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Co., Seattle, WA.
    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-911 62k LST-911 launching, 12 April 1944 on the Ohio River at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA. Karl Petersen
    LST-911 54k LST-911 immediately after launching, 12 April 1944 at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA. Karl Petersen
    LST-911 80k USS LST-911 beached at Morotai Island, Dutch East Indies while unloading trucks, October 1944. Karl Petersen
    LST-911 60k USS LST-911 unloading RAAF No. 3 Airfield Construction Squadron at Mindoro Island, Philippines, 15 December 1944. Leading the way is Aircraftman H.Quick of Exeter, SA, five minutes after the ship hit the beachhead.
    Australian War Memorial, Photo No.OG1898.
    Mike Green
    LST-911 125k USS LST-911 beached. Some crew members on the beach in front of their ship, date and location unknown. Karl Petersen
    LST-911 105k USS LST-911 (far left) beached along with USS LST-562, LST-613 and an unidentified LST, date and location unknown. Karl Petersen
    LST-911 59k USS LST-911 along with two additional LSTs unloading vehicles across the beach, date and location unknown. Karl Petersen
    LST-911 86k USS LST-911 entering San Francisco Bay, 14 May 1946. Scott Molski

    USS LST-911 Commissioning Pamphlet
    LST-911 LST-911 LST-911 LST-911

    USS LST-911
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Clark, Earl H. USN14 May 1944 - March 1945
    02LTjg. Saffield, Marion T., USNRMarch 1945 - January 1946
    03LTjg. Bomfield, Geoffrey W., USNRJanuary 1946 - 1 March 1946
    04LTjg. Van Wagoner Jr., J. R., USNR1 March 1946 - 16 March 1946
    05LTjg. Gray, Albert E., USN16 March 1946 - 24 June 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
    LST-911 and other units of TU 96 Voyage Orders from Yokohama to Pearl Harbor, 12 April 1946
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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