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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. William 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:
    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

  • While Assigned the the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-981 came under the command of:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Six, CAPT. D. F. J. Shea USN (23);
    LST Group One Hundred Eight, LCDR. W. R. Peeler USN (34);
    LST Division Two Hundred Sixteen
  • 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
    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-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
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Breen Jr., William A., USNR19 March 1944 - September 1945
    02LT. Hutsell,Fred O., USNRSeptember 1945 - December 1945
    03LT. Hays, Wayne T., USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    04LTjg. McLeod, William W., USNRMarch 1946 - 25 April 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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