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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Papa - Oscar
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 Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 5 April 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
Launched, 7 May 1944
Commissioned USS LST-918, 29 May 1944, LT. Paul Cherin, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-918 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
For the Okinawa campaign USS LST-918 was assigned to:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Leyte landings, 20 October 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 7 June 1945
LST Flotilla Fourteen, CAPT. E. Seay (24) USN;
LST Group Forty-One, CDR. E. C. Parsons USNR;
LST Division Eighty-Two
Following World War II USS LST-918 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|22 October to 5 November 1945
|15 December 1945 to 8 January 1946
Decommissioned, 12 June 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 18 December 1947, to The Learner Co., Oakland, CA.
USS LST-918 earned two battle stars for World War II service
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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||Ten LSTs moored at the Yonabaru Pier, Okinawa, 23 July 1945. From right to left:
US Navy photo 21st USNCB Neg. No. 204.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)