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USS LST-969


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - India - Mike
NKIM
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 10 November 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 13 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-969, 9 January 1945, LT. Albert R. Price USN in command
  • During World War II USS LST-969 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
  • Decommissioned, 12 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1946
  • Sold, 25 April 1947, to American Overseas Chartering reorganized as Trailerships, Inc., renamed MV New York
  • MV New York hauled loaded trucks between New York City and Albany on the Hudson River until September 1955
  • Acquired at a US Marshal's sale by McAllister Brothers in September 1955
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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-761 83k USS LST-969 astern of USS LST-761 moored pierside, San Diego, CA., 4 October 1945. Jeff Sulewski to honor is father Edward Sulewski, Cox. USCG USS LST-761

    USS LST-969
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Price, Albert Kermit, USN9 January 1945 - 23 September 1945
    02LTjg. Green, Clifton D., USNR23 September 1945 - 2 April 1946
    03LTjg. Hillier, George Robert, USNR2 April 1946 - 12 July 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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