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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:
|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 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.
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
Length 328' o.a.
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
Boats 2 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
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
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
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||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
||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.
||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
||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
||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
||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.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
|01||LT. Zachariae, Richard M. USNR||1 May 1944 - September 1944|
|02||LT. Greenleaf. William C. USNR||September 1944 - December 1945|
|03||LTjg. Lewis, P., USNR||December 1945 - March 1946|
|04||LTjg. Sackett, Albert Monroe, USN :RADM||March 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
Last Updated 9 June 2017
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