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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, 7 November 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc. Hingham, MA.
Launched, 9 December 1944
Commissioned, USS LST-968, 3 January 1945, LT. Rayburn M. Quinn, USN in command
During World War II USS LST-968 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Thirty-One, CAPT. H. S. Covington USN (23);
LST Group Ninety-Three CDR. E. R. Sperry USN (23);
LST Division One Hundred Eighty-Five
Following World War II USS LST-968 was assigned to Occupation duty in the Far East from 29 October 1945 to 12 April 1946
Decommission, 2 July 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1946
Sold to the Humble Oil and Refining Co., Houston, TX., 10 June 1948, for operation
Final Disposition, fate unknown
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-958 just visible in the background of this photo of USS LSM-122 in the foreground in Sasebo Harbor, Kyushu, Japan, 10 November 1945.
||Richard W. Friedrich, F/1c, LSM-467, Collection, slide number 024
||Entering San Francisco Bay with LCT-1230 secured to her main
deck. LCT-1230 was "toploaded" at Yokohama, Japan, circa 10-12 April 1946 for the return trip to CONUS.
||USS LST-968 web site
||USS LST-968 with LCT-1230 on deck, circa 1945-46.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 84711. Courtesy of D.M. McPherson, 1976.
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT, Quinn, Rayburn Maurice, USN||3 January 1945 - 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
LST-968 and other units of TU 96 Voyage Orders from Yokohama to Pearl Harbor, 12 April 1946
The USS LST Ship Memorial
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 9 June 2017
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