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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Alpha - India
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 - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 3 May 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
Launched, 11 June 1944
Commissioned USS LST-923, 6 July 1944, LT. John T. Gordon USN in command
During World War II USS LST-923 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
For the Okinawa campaign USS LST-923 was assigned to:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation;
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 April to 18 June 1944
LST Flotilla Six, CAPT. Laidlaw;
LST Group Sixteen (flagship), LCDR. J. T. Brugger USNR;
LST Division Thirty-Two
Following World War II USS LST-923 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|2 September to 28 October 1945
|9 November 1945 to 10 April 1946
Decommissioned, 9 July 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1946
USS LST-923 earned two battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 31 May 1948, to Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA.
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
7 officers, 104 enlisted
16 officers, 147 enlisted
Boats 4 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-792, wearing an unidentified camouflage pattern and USS LST-923 with various other
amphibious craft at Okinawa, 31 May 1945. Photo was taken from USS Oak Hill (LSD-7).
US National Archives Photo # 80-G-274439, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy of C. Lee Johnson, (usndazzle.com)
||USS LST-923 alongside an unknown ship, date and location unknown.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)