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USS LST-920


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Alpha - Alpha
NKAA
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


542-Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 26 April 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 29 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-920, 17 June 1944, ENS. Harry N. Schultz USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-920 was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater (convoy HXM 30) and later reassigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Six, CAPT. D. F. J. Shea USN (23);
    LST Group One Hundred Eight, LCDR. W. R. Peeler USN (34);
    LST Division Two Hundred-Sixteen and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 7 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-920 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September 1945 to 5 March 20132 September 1945 to 6 March 2013

  • Decommissioned, 8 July 1946, at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 14 March 1947
  • USS LST-920 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Sold for commercial operations, 17 June 1948, to Standard Oil & Gas Co., named MV Stanolind 55
  • Sold in 1951 to Empreza Internacional de Transportes, renamed MV Guarape, reflagged Brazilian
  • Modified for cargo handling at Higgins, New Orleans, adding four hatches in the main deck and four derricks
  • Sold, date unknown, to Companhia Paulista de Commercio Maritimo, Santos, Brazil, name retained
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 23 June 1972
  • USS LST-920 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    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'
    Draft
    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
    Complement
    7 officers, 104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers, 147 enlisted
    Boats 4 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
    Propulsion
    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-920 81k USS LST-920 underway while ferrying a deck load of US Army vehicles across the English Channel to the Normandy beachhead, circa 25 August to 23 November 1944. John Ross for his step-father Raymond Willis SF1/c USS LST-920
    LST-920 62k USS LST-920 crew mustering on the main deck, circa 25 August to 23 November 1944 while the ship was in the European Theater ferrying supplies across the Channel to the Normandy beachhead. John Ross for his step-father Raymond Willis SF1/c USS LST-920
    LST-920 71k USS LST-920 off Utah Beach, Normandy, 10 September 1944. LST-920 was being towed back to England due to engine room flooding when the hull was breached as she beached at Utah Beach on 9 September. She was being towed stern first, so the photo is a shot towards the bow as the ship is being towed away from the beach. John Ross for his step-father Raymond Willis SF1/c USS LST-920
    LST-920 120k USS LST-920 with LCT-642 loaded on her main deck. LCT-642 was loaded aboard LST-920 at Plymouth, England, 14 December 1944, and transported to Norfolk, VA. She was off loaded sometime between 13 January and 22 February 1945. John Ross for his step-father Raymond Willis SF1/c USS LST-920
    LST-920 44k USS LST-920 with LCT-1145 loaded on her main deck, while beached in the Russell Islands, Solomons Island Group, to take on pontoons, circa 29 July to 2 August 1945. John Ross for his step-father Raymond Willis SF1/c USS LST-920
    LST-920 55k USS LST-920 crew photo of Section III, at Okinawa, 1945. Raymond Willis is second from the right. John Ross for his step-father Raymond Willis SF1/c USS LST-920
    LST-920 94k USS LST-920 partial crew photo, at Okinawa, 1945. John Ross for his step-father Raymond Willis SF1/c USS LST-920
    LST-920 47k USS LST-920 launching LCT-1145 at Jinsen (Inchon), Korea, 18 September 1945. John Ross for his step-father Raymond Willis SF1/c USS LST-920
    LST-920 113k USS LST-920 beached while unloading vehicles and equipment, at Okinawa, 1945. John Ross for his step-father Raymond Willis SF1/c USS LST-920
    LST-920 50k USS LST-920 beached, at Okinawa in 1945. John Ross for his step-father Raymond Willis SF1/c USS LST-920
    LST-920 101k USS LST-920 beached, at Okinawa in 1945 with an unidentified crew member at left and Ens. Don Leher on the right. John Ross for his step-father Raymond Willis SF1/c USS LST-920
    LST-920 138k USS LST-920's 1st LT. Ens. Leher, at Okinawa, date unknown. John Ross for his step-father Raymond Willis SF1/c USS LST-920

    USS LST-920
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01ENS. Harry N. Schultz, USNR17 June 1944 - March 1946
    02LTjg. Davis, J. B,, USNRMarch 1946 - June 1946
    03LTjg. Reed, Donald E., USNRJune 1946 - 8 July 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    United States LST Association
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