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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 - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 24 October 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
Launched, 22 November 1944
Commissioned USS LST-964, 16 December 1944
During World War II USS LST-964 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Thirty-One, CAPT. H. S. Covington USN (22);
LST Group Ninety-One, CDR. Jesse Hogan Motes Jr. USN (31);
LST Division One Hundred Eighty-Two
Following World War II USS LST-964 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 September to 1 October 1945||
|14 to 18 October 1945||
|20 January to 9 April 1946||20 January to 9 April 1946
Decommissioned, 27 June 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1946
Sold to Compania Naviera SA and Commercial Perez Companq, Argentina for conversion to merchant service
Named MV San Juan Bosco, operated for the Argentina-Brazil line from Belen do Para to Ushuaia
Sold to "The Carrier Co." renamed MV Ionian Sea
Sold in 1974 Dalmine Deguara Siderca Company at Campana on River Parana
Final Disposition, fate unknown
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
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-964 nested with another LST while riding at anchor in the Whangpoo River at Shanghai, China, 22 February 1946.
||USS LST-964 crew photo, Shanghai, China, 25 February 1946.
||USS LST-964 Deck Division crew photo, Shanghai, China, 25 February 1946.
||USS LST-964 Communications Division crew photo, Shanghai, China, 25 February 1946.
||USS LST-964 dry docked, date and location unknown.
||USS LST-964 name plate.
||Horacio Molina Pico
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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 22 March 2013
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