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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Mike - Echo
Nicknamed "Lady Bug" by her crew
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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

USS LST-991 was transferred to the Republic of China (Taiwan)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 26 February 1944, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
  • Launched, 27 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-991, 6 May 1944, LT. Randall R. Shake, USNR, in command
  • During World War II, USS LST-991 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater; LST Flotilla Fourteen, CAPT. E. A. Seay USN (24);
    LST Group Forty, CDR. G. Reith USN (24);
    LST Division Eighty and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April 22 June 1945
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945
    Manila Bay-Bicol operations
    Zambales-Subic Bay, 20 to 30 January 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 18 October to 6 November and 19 to 29 November 1944

  • Following World War II USS LST-991 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    28 September 1945 to 3 May 194628 September 1945 to 3 May 1946

  • Decommissioned, 3 May 1946, at Shanghai, China
  • Transferred to the U.S. Department of State for immediate transfer to the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Commission for service in China
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, torpedoed and sunk off of Quemoy Island by torpedo boats of Chinese Peoples Liberation Navy in August 1958
  • USS LST-991 earned five 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-991 86k USS LST-991 at anchor, date and location unknown.
    Photo by LT. Jerome (Tom) Thomas engineering officer, 1944-45 USS LST-991
    Jerrie Reining for her father Lt. Jerome (Tom) Thomas USS LST-991
    LST-991 55k USS LST-991 crew loading ammunition, date and location unknown. Jerrie Reining for his father Lt. Jerome (Tom) Thomas USS LST-991
    LST-991 65k USS LST-991 crew members preparing to go over the side to paint, date and location unknown. Jerrie Reining for her father Lt. Jerome (Tom) Thomas USS LST-991
    LST-991 139k USS LST-991 moored pierside inboard of an unidentified LST, in the Pacific, location and date unknown. Joe Mangan for his father Norman Mangan USS LST-991
    LST-991 14k USS LST-991 loading supplies, date and location unknown. LTjg. Jerome (Tom) Thomas left, unidentified officer at right. Jerrie Reining for her father Lt. Jerome (Tom) Thomas USS LST-991
    LTJG Jerome (Tom) Thomas
    Lou Zeleskey Comm Officer
    Bill Remick Gunnery Off
    BMC and Ed Quinn Stores Off
    Ship's officers
    Submitted by - Jerrie Reining for her father Lt. Jerome (Tom) Thomas USS LST-991

    USS LST-991
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Shake, Randall R. USNR6 May 1944 - 1945
    02LT. Remick, William1945 - 3 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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