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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:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines
Visayan Islands landings, 16 to 18 April 1945
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:
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
|2 to 29 September 1945
||17 to 31 December 1945
|28 October to 28 November1945
||30 January to 23 February 1946
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-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.
||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
||USS LST-942 beached at Manila, probably 20-30 March 1945.
||Brown Beach, Brunei Bay Borneo, June 10-12, 1945. USS LST-942,
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.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Austin Jr., Herbert F. USNR||26 September 1944 - December 1945|
|02||LTjg. Babcock, Robert MacLaren USNR||December 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
Last Updated 8 December 2017
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