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USS LST-935


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Romeo - Xray
NVRX
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

Personnel Awards

Bronze Star (2-LTjg. Garnett J Thomas)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 3 July 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 5 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-935, 29 August 1944, LTjg. Bruce B. Wells USN in command
  • During World War II USS LST-935 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, 1 to 2 March 1945
    Visayan Islands landings, 18 March and 28 March to 1 April 1945
    Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April 1945
    Borneo operation
    Balikpapan operation, 26 June to 9 July 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-935 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    15 September to 30 November 1945 
    15 December 1945 to 19 April 194615 December 1945 to 19 April 1946

  • Decommissioned, 2 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scraping, 29 August 1947, to Consolidated Builders, Inc., Seattle, WA.
  • USS LST-935 earned two battle stars for World War II service
    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
    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
    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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    LST-935 105k USS LST-935 launching, 5 August 1944 at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA. William J. Black for is father-in-law LT. Garnett Jett Thomas USS LST-935
    LST-935 105k USS LST-935 launching, 5 August 1944 at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA. William J. Black for is father-in-law LT. Garnett Jett Thomas USS LST-935
    LST-935 68k USS LST-935 launching, 5 August 1944 at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA. William J. Black for is father-in-law LT. Garnett Jett Thomas USS LST-935
    LST-935 104k USS LST-935 launching, 5 August 1944 at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA. William J. Black for is father-in-law LT. Garnett Jett Thomas USS LST-935
    LST-935 64k USS LST-935 launching, 5 August 1944 at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA. William J. Black for is father-in-law LT. Garnett Jett Thomas USS LST-935
    LST-935 61k USS LST-935 beached at Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands, date unknown. William J. Black for is father-in-law LT. Garnett Jett Thomas USS LST-935
    LST-935 51k USS LST-935 under way in the Whangpoo River at Shanghai, China, 6 January 1946. In the background is USS Blue Ridge (AGC-2) William J. Black for is father-in-law LT. Garnett Jett Thomas USS LST-935
    Napa 308k USS LST-935 is in the distance of this photo of USS Napa (APA-157) moored to a buoy in the Whangpoo River, Shanghai, China, 24 January 1946. Also present is USS LST-866 in the distance aft of Napa's stern. Stephen C. Hopkins for his father LTjg. Jonathan H. Hopkins USS Napa

    USS LST-935
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Wells, Bruce Brown, USN29 August 1944 - 17 February 1946
    02LTjg. Thomas, Garnett Jett, USNR17 February 1946 - June 1946
    03LTjg. Shamburger Jr., Victor March, USNRJune 1946 - 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
    Ship's Photo Album and Documents
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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