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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) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 21 July 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
Launched, 23 August 1944
Commissioned USS LST-939, 14 September 1944, LTjg. Archie H. Hubbard USNR in command
During World War II USS LST-939 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Twenty-One, CAPT. W.H. Brereton USN (24);
LST Group Sixty-Two, CDR. W.M. Gillett USN (27);
LST Division One Hundred Twenty-Four and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April 30 June 1945
Following World War II USS LST-939 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|12 September 1945 to 16 March 1946||12 September 1945 to 16 March 1946
Decommissioned, 22 June 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
USS LST-939 earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 12 June 1948, to Walter W. Johnson Co., Seattle, WA.
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-939 Christening and Launching ceremony, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA., 23 August 1944. USS LST-939 was Christened by Mrs. Margaret Lovett, the wife of William Lovett, a shipyard employee (man in the dark suit wearing glasses)
||USS LST-939 beached at Dulag Leyte, Philippines, circa 4 February 1945.
||Submitted by Roberta Ritchie on behalf of Edward Belleavoine BM2/c USS LST-939
||USS LST-939 under way in San Francisco Bay, circa early 1946.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 79688. Courtesy D.M. McPherson, 1974.
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LTjg. Hubbard Jr., Archie H., USNR||14 September 1944 - 3 November 1945|
|02||LT. Fricks Jr., Ben, USNR||3 November 1945 - 30 January 1946|
|02||LTjg. Palisi, Joseph A., USNR||30 January 1946 - 22 June 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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