Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.
NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Zulu - November
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp)
542-Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 22 March 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
Launched, 3 May 1944
Commissioned USS LST-915, 27 May 1944, LT. John F. Winter USNR in command
During World War II USS LST-915 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Thirty-Seven, CAPT. Riley;
LST Group One Hundred Eleven LCDR. A. H. Tutt;
LST Division Two Hundred Twenty-One
Following World War II USS LST-915 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|2 September to 25 October 1945
|18 November to 18 December 1945
|25 February to 7 March 1946
|24 March to 9 April 1946
Decommissioned, 25 June 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
Final Disposition, sold for operation, 19 June 1948, to Humble Oil and Refining Co., Houston, TX.
Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
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
|Click On Image
For Full Size Image
||USS LST-915 beached, date and location unknown.
||William O. Babbitt MMC LST-915
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)