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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right, top to bottom
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Bottom Row American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

  • LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 11 August 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 16 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-945, 9 October 1944. LT. Marshall N. Buell USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-945 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:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS USS LST-945 was assigned to China service from 4 February to 26 May 1946
  • Decommissioned, 16 April 1946
  • Final Disposition, custody transferred, 29 May 1946, to the Maritime Commission, for disposition, fate unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
  • USS LST-945 earned one battle star for World War II service
    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-945 21k USS LST-945 at anchor, date and location unknown. Mary Shelton-Wiese for her father John A. Shelton PO3 USS LST-945
    LST-945 147k USS LST-945 moored pierside, date and location unknown. Mary Shelton-Wiese for her father John A. Shelton PO3 USS LST-945

    USS LST-945
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Buell, Marshall N., USNR9 October 1944 - ?
    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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