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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Foxtrot - Sierra
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, 11 October 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
Launched, 8 November 1944
Commissioned USS LST-960, 2 December 1944, LT. Harold A. Jamieson USN in command
During World War II USS LST-960 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Twenty-Three, CAPT. W.W. Weeden Jr. USN;
LST Group Sixty-Eight, CDR. G. H. Dana USN (20);
LST Division One Hundred Thirty-Six and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 18 April to 7 May 1945
Following World War II USS LST-960 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Decommissioned, 2 July 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 4 April 1948, to Consolidated Builders, Inc., Seattle, WA.
USS LST-960 earned one battle star for World War II service
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 September to 8 December 1945||
|25 January to 11 April 1946||25 January to 11 April 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-960 beached, date and location unknown.
||Paul Eklund CAPT, MSC, USN (Ret)
||USS LST-960 at Okinawa with pontoon causeway attached, circa 18 April 1945.
||Raymond Cvetovich, Ph.D.
||USS LST-960 beached, probably at, Ie Shima, circa June-July 1945.
Photo by SSGT Stanley Muller, 4th Photo Mapping Squadron, USAAF.
|Submitted by Randy Muller for his father SSGT Stanley Muller, USAAF
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Jamieson, Harold Baker, USN||2 December 1944 - May 1945|
|02||LT. 60 Anderson, J. D., USNR (acting)||May 1945 0 1 June 1945|
|03||ENS. Clay, George S., USNR (acting)||1 June 1945 - 7 June 1945|
|04||LT. McKenna Jr., John J., LT USNR (temporary)||7 June 1945 - 15 July 1945|
|05||LT. Jamieson, Harold Baker, USN||15 July 1945 - March 1946|
|06||LTjg. Webster, Thomas N., USNR||March 1946 - 2 July 1946|
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
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 7 September 2018
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