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USS LST-916 (1944 - 1946)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Papa - Golf
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, see US Army Air Corps. 35th Fighter Squadron and USS LST-916
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - 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, 22 March 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
Launched, 29 April 1944
Commissioned USS LST-916, 25 May 1944, LT. Vincent J. Blumberg USNR in command
During World War II USS LST-916 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Leyte landings, 20 October 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 to 16 April 1945
Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945
Upon completion of service in the Philippines campaigns in the Southwest Pacific Area USS LST-916 was assigned to:
LST Flotilla Fourteen, CAPT. E. Seay (24) USN;
LST Group Forty-One, CDR. E. C. Parsons USNR;
LST Division Eighty-One
Following World War II USS LST-916 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Decommissioned, 5 April 1946
Transferred to the US Army, 28 June 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 29 September 1947
USS LST-916 earned three battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, USAT LST-916 was lost in a typhoon at Okinawa
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|6 to 23 September 1945
|20 October to 14 November 1945
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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||USS LST-916 beached on a ramp at Yokohama, Japan in 1945.
||Harold E Carter
||USS LST-916 crew member Burt Topal on the open bridge, port side, date and location unknown.
||USS LST-916 moored to a buoy in the Philippines, circa early-1946, waiting for final disposition.
||Ex-USS LST-916 aground at Okinawa near the Naminoue Shrine Naha after being driven ashore by a typhoon that passed over the
Island, photo was taken in March 1951.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)