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USS LST-965


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Golf - Charlie
NKGC
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - 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, 27 October 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 25 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-965, 20 December 1944, ENS. George S. Harrison USN(T) in command
  • During World War II USS LST-965 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 Division One Hundred Eighty-Two
  • Following World War II USS LST-965 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 21 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 3 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 23 October 1947, to the Boston Metals Corp., Baltimore, MD
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    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'
    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)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    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
    Propulsion
    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-965 232k USS LST-965 riding on her anchor while at rest, date and location unknown. Gene McFadden for his father Eugene J. McFadden, Gunners Mate USS LST-965
    LST-965 277k USS LST-965 crew photos. Gene McFadden for his father Eugene J. McFadden, Gunners Mate USS LST-965
    LST-965
    Chief Engineer
    ENS. John Moorhead, far right
    331k
    LST-965 292k
    LST-965 277k
    LST-965 239k
    LST-965 275k
    LST-965 150k USS LST-965 and USS LST-661 with two other LSTs beached at Wakayama Japan in late 1945. Gene McFadden for his father Eugene J. McFadden, Gunners Mate USS LST-965
    LST-965 254k USS LST-965 beached at Nago Shima, Japan, fall 1945. Gene McFadden for his father Eugene J. McFadden, Gunners Mate USS LST-965
    LST-965 124k LCVPs load aboard USS LST-965 for return to the US mainland, fall 1945. Gene McFadden for his father Eugene J. McFadden, Gunners Mate USS LST-965
    LST-965 388k USS LST-965 ship's officers, 1945. Gene McFadden for his father Eugene J. McFadden, Gunners Mate USS LST-965
    LST-965 138k USS LST-965 crewmen showing two enemy planes downed. Gene McFadden for his father Eugene J. McFadden, Gunners Mate USS LST-965
    LST-965 135k USS LST-965 quarterdeck, date and location, unknown. Gene McFadden for his father Eugene J. McFadden, Gunners Mate USS LST-965
    LST-965 83k USS LST-965 flying the homeward bound pennant in 1945. Gene McFadden for his father Eugene J. McFadden, Gunners Mate USS LST-965

    USS LST-965
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01ENS. Harrison, George Seymour, USN20 December 1944 - 3 June 1946
    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
    Nosilla Cast - Ensign John Moorhead Recounts 1945 Typhoon
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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