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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Bravo - Yankee
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)
542-Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 23 June 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc. Hingham, MA.
Launched, 26 July 1944
Commissioned USS LST-933, 20 August 1944, LTjg. Margil L. Stokes USN in command
During World War II USS LST-933 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines;
Palawan Island landings, 28 February to 1 March and 6 to 7 March 1945
Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April and 10 to 16 May 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation;
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 21 to 30 June 1945
Following World War II USS LST-933 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Decommissioned, 2 July 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1946
USS LST-933 earned two battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 25 May 1948, to Hughes Bros., Inc., New York, N.Y.
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|29 September to 10 October 1945
|30 October to 9 November 1945
|23 December 1945 to 22 February 1946
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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||USS LST-933 under way off Hingham, MA, July 1944.
||LST933 Homepage web site
||USS LSM-315, USS LST-933 and USS LST-592 beached at Ormoc, Leyte, P.I., date unknown.
||LST 933 Homepage web site
||USS LST-933 beached high and dry on the mud flats at Tarakan, Borneo while landing troops and equipment of the Royal Australian Army's Headquarters 26th Infantry Brigade across a pontoon causeway, 1 May 1945.
Australian War Memorial photo # 090850
|Australian War Memorial
||USS LST-933 under way in San Francisco Bay, circa 1945-46.
USN Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 82173. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975.
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LTjg. Stokes, Margil LeRoy (Mike), USN||20 August 1944 - 6 August 1945|
|02||LT. Norkool, Jack E., USNR||6 August 1945 - 2 July 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 Home Port
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 9 June 2017
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