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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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 26 February 1944, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
  • Launched, 27 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-990,1 May 1944, LT. Richard M. Zachariae, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-990 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    For Okinawa LST Flotilla Sixteen, CAPT. N. W. Sears;
    LST Group Forty-Seven, CDR. L. A. Drexler USN (23);
    LST Division Ninety-Three and participated in following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Western Caroline Islands operation;
    Capture and occupation of Southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Manila Bay-Bicol operation;
    Zambales-Subic Bay, 29 to 30 January 1945
    Leyte operation;
    Leyte landings, 18 October to 6 November 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation;
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto 26 March 10 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-990 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    20 September to 3 October 1945
    15 October to 4 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 10 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 September 1946
  • USS LST-990 earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 September 1947, to Boston Metals Co., of Baltimore, MD.
    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-990 270k USS LST-990 under way in January-February 1945, with LCT-1027 on deck. LCT-990 transported LCT-1027 between Port Hueneme, CA. and San Nicholas Island where the LCT practiced beach landings.
    US National Archives Photo # 80-G-453273.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    LST-990 123k USS LST-990, USS LST-704, USS LST-746 and three or four additional LSTs beached at Leyte, circa December 1944. Paul Webber from the collection of Lou Hall (deceased) 124th Infantry Regiment, 31st Infantry Division.
    LST-919 26k USS LST-919, USS LST-922 and LST-990 beached at Red Beach Leyte Island, P.I., 14 December 1944. LST Home Port web site
    LST-919 62k USS LST-919, USS LST-922 and USS LST-990 beached at Red Beach Leyte Island, P.I., 14 December 1944, loading supplies and equipment bound for Mindoro Island, P.I.
    Australian War Memorial photo # OG 1909.
    Australian War Memorial
    LST-919 87k USS LST-919, USS LST-922 and USS LST-990 beached at Mindoro Island, P.I., 15 December 1944 unloading supplies and equipment.
    Australian War Memorial photo # 017890.
    Australian War Memorial
    LST-905 60k USS LST-990 and USS LST-905 beached at Okinawa, June 1945. Bob Keener in honor of his father William A. Keener (deceased) Shipfitter First Class USS LST-905 1944-1946.

    USS LST-990
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Zachariae, Richard M. USNR1 May 1944 - September 1944
    02LT. Greenleaf. William C. USNRSeptember 1944 - December 1945
    03LTjg. Lewis, P., USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    04LTjg. Sackett, Albert Monroe, USN :RADMMarch 1946 - 10 July 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    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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