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USS LST-982


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Lima - Kilo
NKLK
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 - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship: Laid down, 22 December 1943, at the Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
  • Launched, 10 February 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-982, 19 March 1944, LTjg. W. A. Breen, Jr., USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-982 was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater;
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Six, CAPT. D. F. J. Shea USN (23)
    LST Group One Hundred Eight, LCDR. W. R. Peeler USN (34);
    LST Div Two Hundred-Sixteen and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944 Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, May and 30 May to 7 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-982 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    September to 20 October19459 March to 20 April 1946

  • Decommissioned, 25 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold, 5 December 1947, to Bosey, Philippines, fate unknown
  • USS LST-982 earned two battle stars for World War II service
    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-982 143k USS LST-982 high and dry on Omaha Beach in November 1944.
    Photo by Ceylon Dearborn EM1/c USS LST-982
    Reg Dearborn for his father Ceylon Dearborn EM1/c USS LST-982
    LST-982 129k USS LST-982 beached with bow ramp down, date and location unknown. Crew members include; Corso (MoMM3/c ?), Reardon (EM1/c), Adams (SCT2/c), Chasen (GM2/c), MacDaniles (EM2/c).
    Photo by Ceylon Dearborn EM1/c USS LST-982
    Reg Dearborn for his father Ceylon Dearborn EM1/c USS LST-982
    LST-982 143k USS LST-982 Electrical Shop, Reardon EM1/c, 1944.
    Photo by Ceylon Dearborn EM1/c USS LST-982
    Reg Dearborn for his father Ceylon Dearborn EM1/c USS LST-982
    LST-982 236k USS LST-982 beached, date and location unknown. Sailors standing in front of the ship are at left, Nick Di Paolo BM2/c, middle Danny Friscino and unknown sailor. Robert Di Paolo for his father Nick Di Paolo BM2/c USS LST-982
    LST-982 271k USS LST-982 crew members standing on the tank deck. Nick Di Paolo BM2/c is in the center, the other two sailors are unknown. Robert Di Paolo for his father Nick Di Paolo BM2/c USS LST-982

    USS LST-982
    DANFS history entry located at the US Navy History and Heritage Command
    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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