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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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

542-Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 1 August 1944. at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 6 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-942, 26 September 1944, LT. Herbert F. Austin Jr. USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-942 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Twenty-Four
    LST Group Seventy and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines
    Visayan Islands landings, 16 to 18 April 1945
    Borneo operations
    Brunei Bay operation, 10 to 12 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-942 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Occupation Service
    Dates Dates
    2 to 29 September 1945 17 to 31 December 1945
    28 October to 28 November1945 30 January to 23 February 1946
  • Decommissioned, 26 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
  • USS LST-942 earned two battle star for World War 11 service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 10 June 1948, to Humble Oil & Refining Co., Houston, TX., for operation
    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'
    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
    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
    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-942 94k USS LST-942 under way soon after completion, circa late 1944. LST-942 is painted in Camouflage Measure 31, Design 8L or Design 18L.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-K-2239 (Color), a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    LST-942 189k From right to left USS LST-942, USS LST-614, USS LST-757, USS LST-668 and two unidentified LSTs beached at Waterhole, Hollandia, date unknown. Carol Hawk for her father-in-law Judson L Hawk, Jr. RM3/c LCT 1332
    LST-942 213k USS LST-942 beached at Manila, probably 20-30 March 1945. Brian Miller
    LST-942 213k Brown Beach, Brunei Bay Borneo, June 10-12, 1945. USS LST-942, USS LSM-638, USS LST-637, and the remaining 14 LST's of the Brown Assault Unit offload their men and equipment. LST 942 delivered elements of the RAAF 4th Airfield Construction Battalion. Brian Miller

    USS LST-942
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Austin Jr., Herbert F. USNR26 September 1944 - December 1945
    02LTjg. Babcock, Robert MacLaren USNRDecember 1945 - 26 June 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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