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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 Medal (with Asia clasp)

542-Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 21 November 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 22 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-972, 22 January 1945, LT. William E. Emslie USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-972 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS LST-972 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    15 September to 2 November 1945
    10 November 1945 to 6 February 1946
  • Decommissioned, 25 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration(MARAD) for disposal, 29 May 1947
  • Sold by MARAD, 29 May 1949, to the Texas Petro Co., renamed MV Tucupita
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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'
    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
    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
    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 970 587k USS LST-972 visible in background at the commissioning ceremony for LST-970 at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA., 13 January 1945. LT. William (Bill) S. Barnes USS LST-970. Courtesy Frank Rader>
    LST 972 101k USS LST-972 at anchor, Long Beach, CA., in 1945. J.R.Sweeden MOMM2/c USS LST-972
    LST 972 59k USS LST-972 exchanging movies with another LST while underway in the Pacific Ocean in 1945. J.R.Sweeden MOMM2/c USS LST-972
    LST 972 27k USS LST-972 at anchor near Batangus, Philippine Islands, in Her "green uniform" 1946. J.R.Sweeden MOMM2/c USS LST-972
    LST 972 169k USS LST-972 World War II cruises. J.R.Sweeden MOMM2/c USS LST-972

    USS LST-972
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Emslie, William F., USNR22 January 1945 - 12 December 1945
    02LTjg. Barr, Medford L., USNR12 December 1945 - 12 January 1946
    03LTjg. Anderson, Arnold E., USNR12 January 1946 - 15 April 1946
    04LTjg. Tvergyak, Louis G., USNR15 April 1946 - 25 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
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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