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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Papa - 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 (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 7 July 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
Launched, 9 August 1944
Commissioned USS LST-936, 1 September 1944, LT. Edison M. Bolen USN in command
During World War II USS LST-936 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
Decommissioned, 17 May 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 12 June 1948, Walter W. Johnson Co., Seattle, WA.
USS LST-936 earned one battle star for World War II service
|Campaign and Dates
|Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
Mindanao Island landings, 10 to 18 March, 24 March to 14 April and 17 to 23 April 1945
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-936, an unidentified LST and USS LST-806 beached at Labaun Island Borneo while offloading Royal Australian Air Force trucks, 11 June 1945.
Australian War Memorial photo #'s OG2917 and OG2918
|Australian War Memorial
||USS LST-936 beached at Okinawa circa 14 July 1945 to 13 December 1945.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Bolen, Meredith Edison, USN||1 September 1944 - 17 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 Home Port
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 6 November 2015
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|