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USS LST-964


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Golf - Alpha
NKGA
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. J. R. Motes Jr. USN (31);
    LST Div 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 194620 January to 9 April 1946

  • Decommissioned, 27 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1946
  • Commercial Service
    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
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    Draft
    (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)
    Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    7 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
    Propulsion two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders

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    LST-964 28k USS LST-964 nested with another LST while riding at anchor in the Whangpoo River at Shanghai, China, 22 February 1946. John Wilson
    LST-964 93k USS LST-964 crew photo, Shanghai, China, 25 February 1946. John Wilson
    LST-964 87k USS LST-964 Deck Division crew photo, Shanghai, China, 25 February 1946. John Wilson
    LST-964 81k USS LST-964 Communications Division crew photo, Shanghai, China, 25 February 1946. John Wilson
    LST-964 103k USS LST-964 dry docked, date and location unknown. John Wilson
    LST-964 1118k USS LST-964 name plate. Horacio Molina Pico

    USS LST-964
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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