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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:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    29 September to 10 October 1945
    30 October to 9 November 1945
    23 December 1945 to 22 February 1946
  • 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.
    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 933 18k USS LST-933 under way off Hingham, MA, July 1944. LST933 Homepage web site
    LSM-315, LST 933/592 40k USS LSM-315, USS LST-933 and USS LST-592 beached at Ormoc, Leyte, P.I., date unknown. LST 933 Homepage web site
    LST-933 259k Among the LSTs beached at Mindoro, Philippines are USS LST-933, USS LST 912, USS LST 639, USS LST 721, USS LST 680. The photo is undated but the handwriting on the back identified the location as Mindoro. Based on hull numbers alone, this was likely taken while this element of CTU 78.7.2 unloaded the 41st Infantry Division at Mangarin Bay from 8-10 February 1945. LST 639 reportedly had an LCT aboard that was launched on 10 February that does not appear here, but everything else matches the reports. CTU 78.7.2 was comprised of LSTís from across a few LST groups, although most pictured here were from LST Group 66 (CTF 76). This convoy was the smaller element of the task unit and consisted of 16 LSTs, six LSMs, and five merchant ships under the command of Navy CAPT H. B. Hudson, CO of LST Flotilla Twenty-Four. The larger convoy of CTU 78.7.2 split off for Lingayen the day before. Brian Miller
    LST-933 309k
    LSt-933 61k 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
    LSt-933 148k 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

    USS LST-933
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Stokes, Margil LeRoy (Mike), USN20 August 1944 - 6 August 1945
    02LT. Norkool, Jack E., USNR6 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
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