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USS LST(H)-952
USS LST-952 (1944 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Echo - Whiskey
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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 1September 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 11 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-952, 3 November 1944, LT. George C. Garris, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-952 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Twenty-One, CAPT. W. H. Brereton, USN (24);
    LST Group Sixty-Three, LCDR. R .E. Farnestock USNR;
    LST Division One Hundred Twenty-Six and participated in the following campaign;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 28 June 1945

  • Redesignated Landing Ship Tank (Hospital) LST(H)-952, 15 September 1945
  • Following World War II USS LST(H)-952 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    20 September to 3 October 1945 
    15 October 1945 to 2 May 194615 October 1945 to 2 May 1946
  • Decommissioned, 1 August 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 22 January 1947
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 10 October 1947, to Luria Bros. & Co., Inc., of Philadelphia, PA
  • USS LST-952 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-952 127k USS LST-952 beached, date and location unknown. Submitted by Dean W. Nehring AGCS USN Ret. in honor of his father Floyd A. Nehring MM2 USS LST-952
    LST-952 160k USS LST-952 at anchor in San Francisco Bay, circa 1946. Submitted by Dean W. Nehring AGCS USN Ret. in honor of his father Floyd A. Nehring MM2 USS LST-952
    LST-952 83k USS LST-952 in drydock, date and location unknown. MM2 Floyd A. Nehring standing on anchor in first photo at left and bottom row right in second photo. Submitted by Dean W. Nehring AGCS USN Ret. in honor of his father Floyd A. Nehring MM2 USS LST-952
    LST-952 101k

    USS LST-952
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Garris, George Cobb, USNR3 November 1944 - 26 November 1945
    02LTjg. Fedorowicz, Vladimir, USN26 November 1945 - 1 August 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    United States LST Association
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