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USS LST-921


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


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (14 October 1944)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Personal Awards

Navy Marine Corps Medal - Ensign Don F. Joost, USNR; Purple Hearts - 100 (KIA - 43 [2 officers, 41 enlisted, WIA - 57 (5 officers 52 enlisted]
542-Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 1 May 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 2 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-921, 23 June 1944, LTjg. John Enge USNR in command
  • USS LST-921 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater Convoy HX 301
  • Torpedoed by German Submarine U-667 off the channel entrance to Bristol, England, 14 August 1944, towed to port and stripped
  • Decommissioned, 29 September 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 14 October 1944
  • Final Disposition, hulk disposed of, date unknown
    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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    USS LST-921
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Edge, John, USNR23 June 1944 - 29 September 1944
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The Last Days of LST-921 by Robert P. Sables, Sea Classics
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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