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USS LST-936


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Papa - India
NVPI
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:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    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
  • 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
    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-936
    OG2917
    50k 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
    LST-936
    OG2918
    75k
    LST-936
    OG2917
    644k USS LST-936 beached at Okinawa circa 14 July 1945 to 13 December 1945. Donn Cuson

    USS LST-936
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Bolen, Meredith Edison, USN1 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

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