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USS LST(H)-929
USS LST-929 (1944 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Sierra - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS LST-929 was transferred to the Republic of China (Taiwan)
542-Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 5 June 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 8 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-929, 2 August 1944, LT Charles S. Strickler USNR in command
  • During World War II LST-929 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Six, CAPT. Laidlaw USN (25);
    LST Group Eighteen, CDR. P. Neikum USNR Ret. (26);
    LST Division Thirty-Five and participated in the following campaigns;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 28 February 1945
    Okinawa operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 30 June 1945

  • Redesignated Landing Ship Tank (Hospital) LST(H)-929, 15 September 1945
  • Following World War II USS LST(H)-929 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    9 September to 17 October 1945 
    7 November to 8 December 1945 
    2 January to 20 February 1946 
    1 March to 24 May 19461 March to 24 May 1946

  • Decommissioned, 24 May 1946 and turned over to the Chinese Nationalist Navy
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
  • USS LST-929 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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'
    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
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 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
    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-884 295k Vehicles on Iwo Jima's Red Beach, circa 25 February 1945, with USS LST-884 (center) and USS LST-929 (at left, with H markings on her hull) unloading in the background. Among the vehicles are trucks, mobile cranes, amphibious tractors (LVTs), jeeps and a variety of trailers. A field artillery piece is being pulled along in the right center. Note the pierced steel matting roadways. The original photograph came from Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison's World War II history project working files.
    US US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 104589
    Suzanne Carter Isaacson

    USS LST-929
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Strickler, Charles S., USNR2 August 1944 - 6 April 1946
    02LTjg. Barfield, Thomas, J., USNR6 April 1946 - 24 May 1946
    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 USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association

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