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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Papa - Mike
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:
|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 landings, 5 to 18 November 1944
Balikpapan operation, 28 June to 10 July 1945
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.
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
2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
4 - 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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||LST-911 launching, 12 April 1944 on the Ohio River at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
||LST-911 immediately after launching, 12 April 1944 at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
||USS LST-911 beached at Morotai Island, Dutch East Indies while unloading trucks, October 1944.
||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.
||USS LST-911 beached. Some crew members on the beach in front of their ship, date and location unknown.
||USS LST-911 (far left) beached along with USS LST-562, LST-613 and an unidentified LST, date and location unknown.
||USS LST-911 along with two additional LSTs unloading vehicles across the beach, date and location unknown.
||USS LST-911 entering San Francisco Bay, 14 May 1946.
|USS LST-911 Commissioning Pamphlet
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LTjg. Clark, Earl H. USN||14 May 1944 - March 1945|
|02||LTjg. Saffield, Marion T., USNR||March 1945 - January 1946|
|03||LTjg. Bomfield, Geoffrey W., USNR||January 1946 - 1 March 1946|
|04||LTjg. Van Wagoner Jr., J. R., USNR||1 March 1946 - 16 March 1946|
|05||LTjg. Gray, Albert E., USN||16 March 1946 - 24 June 1946|
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
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
Last Updated 17 February 2017
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