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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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 11 July 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
Launched, 12 August 1944
Commissioned USS LST-937, 6 September 1944, LT. George W. Mitchell USN in command
During World War II USS LST-937 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaigns and Dates
|Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines;
Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April 1945
Following World War II USS LST-937 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|7 September 1945 to 24 May 1946||7 September to 24 May 1946
Decommissioned at Shanghai, China, 24 May 1946 and transferred to the State Department
Transferred by the State Department to the Republic of China
Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS LST-937 earned one battle star for World War II service
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-937, USS LST-970 and USS LST-690, beached at Ie Shima, near Okinawa, 21 February 1946.
||Photo contributed by LT. William (Bill) S. Barnes USS LST-970, caption by LTjg Earl M. Wiggs, Jr. USS LST-937
||USS LST-937 beached at Labaun Island Borneo while offloading Royal Australian Air Force heavy construction equipment, 11 June 1945.
Australian War Memorial photo # OG2922
|Australian War Memorial
||USS LST-937 beached at Labaun Island Borneo while offloading Royal Australian Air Force trucks, 11 June 1945.
Australian War Memorial photo # OG2923
|Australian War Memorial
||USS LST-714, USS LST-937 and USS LST-614 beached at Manila, Philippine Islands, circa 1945, while unloading equipment.
||Larry Gum for his father Waples Gum USS LST-714
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Mitchell, George Wilbur, USN||6 September 1944 - 5 January 1946|
|02||LTjg. Welch Jr., Daniel E., USNR||5 January 1946 - 24 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
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