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USS LST-994


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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 - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)



USS LST-994 was sold to Argentina and named ARA Cabo San Pablo (BDT-7)
542-Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 12 March 1944, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
  • Launched, 17 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-994, 17 May 1944, LT. R. P. Gonder, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-994 was assigned to the Europe-Africa Middle East Theater and later in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-994 came under the command of;
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Six, CAPT. D.F.J. Shea USN (23);
    LST Group One Hundred Six, CDR. O.P. Thomas Jr. USN (26);
    LST Division Two Hundred Eleven
  • USS LST-994 participated in the following Europe-Africa-Middle East campaign;
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944

  • Following World War II USS LST-994 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    15 September to 23 October 1945 
    10 November 1945 to 14 April 194610 November 1945 to 14 April 1946

  • Decommissioned, 31 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 August 1946
  • Sold, 23 December 1947, to Pablo N. Ferrari & Co., named DoŮa Flora
  • Resold in 1947 to the government of Argentina, renamed ARA Cabo San Pablo (BDT-7)
  • Final Disposition, disposed of by the Argentine Navy in 1966, fate unknown
  • USS LST-994 earned one battle star 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)
    2,366 t.
    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)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    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
    Propulsion
    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-994/995 131k Commandantís Circular No. 18-44, 7 April 1944, outlining the schedule for the 17 April 1944 launchings of USS LST-994 and USS LST-995. Most LSTs built by the Boston Navy Yard were built in pairs. The circular identifies the sponsors, who were shipyard workers chosen by their fellow employees. (Records of the Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-15404) Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA. 02129
    LST-994/995 95k
    LST-994/995 163k Printed program for the 17 April 1944 launching of USS LST-994 and USS LST-995 from Shipways No. 1 of the Boston Navy Yard. (Records of the Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-15404) Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA. 02129
    LST-994/995 99k
    LST-994/995 268k The sponsors for USS LST-994 and USS LST-995 and their matrons of honor pose with Boston Navy Yard Commandant Rear Admiral Robert A. Theobald at the launching ceremony on 17 April 1944. From left to right are Mrs. Mary L. Smith, matron of honor, USS LST-995; Mrs. Lillian A. Finnerty, sponsor, USS LST-995; Admiral Theobald; Miss Gertrude Holber, sponsor, USS LST-994; and Mrs. Viola Boudrow, matron of honor, USS LST-994. (U.S. Navy photograph, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11716) Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA. 02129
    LST-994/995 100k USS LST-995 slides down the launching ways at the Boston Navy Yard on 17 April 1944. (U.S. Navy photo, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11716) Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA. 02129
    LST-994 80k USS LST-994 at anchor with LCT-1040 loaded on her main deck, date and location unknown. LST-994 delivered the LCT to the European Theater. Rob Wade for Anthony D. Marteliano MoMM2/cUSS LST-994 (deceased)
    LST-994 46k USS LST-994 leaving Pearl Harbor, April 1945. Richard B. Bailey to honor his father Harold W. Bailey RD1/c USS LST-994
    LST-994 52k USS LST-994 Black Gang, date unknown. Rob Wade for Anthony D. Marteliano MoMM2/cUSS LST-994 (deceased)
    LST-994 45k USS LST-994 and USS LST-550 unloading at Okinawa, date unknown. Rob Wade for Anthony D. Marteliano MoMM2/cUSS LST-994 (deceased)
    LST-994 65k USS LST-994 crew members, date and location unknown. Rob Wade for Anthony D. Marteliano MoMM2/cUSS LST-994 (deceased)
    LST-994 58k Japanese Prisoners of War waiting to board USS LST-994, date and location unknown. Rob Wade for Anthony D. Marteliano MoMM2/cUSS LST-994 (deceased)
    LST-994 57k USS LST-994 with Japanese Prisoners of War aboard, date and location unknown. Rob Wade for Anthony D. Marteliano MoMM2/cUSS LST-994 (deceased)
    LST-994 114k Anthony Marteliano on the deck of USS LST-994 with Japanese Prisoners of War aboard, date and location unknown. Rob Wade for Anthony D. Marteliano MoMM2/cUSS LST-994 (deceased)
    LST-994 47k USS LST-994 at anchor with Japanese Prisoners of War aboard, date and location unknown. Rob Wade for Anthony D. Marteliano MoMM2/cUSS LST-994 (deceased)
    LST-994 69k USS LST-994 unloading amphibious vehicles at Leyte, date unknown. Rob Wade for Anthony D. Marteliano MoMM2/cUSS LST-994 (deceased)
    LST-994 33k USS LST-994 unloading amphibious vehicles at Leyte, date unknown. Rob Wade for Anthony D. Marteliano MoMM2/cUSS LST-994 (deceased)
    LST-994 82k USS LST-994 crew photo, date and location unknown. Rob Wade for Anthony D. Marteliano MoMM2/cUSS LST-994 (deceased)
    LST-994 75k USS LST-994 crew mustered on the main deck, date and location unknown. Rob Wade for Anthony D. Marteliano MoMM2/cUSS LST-994 (deceased)
    ARA Cabo San Pablo (BDT-7)
    LST-994 86k Ex-USS LST-994 in Argentine naval service as ARA Cabo San Pablo (BDT-7), drydocked, dates and locations unknown. These photos seem to show the ship in dry dock at two different times and locations.
    Photos courtesy Histarmar.com
    Robert Hurst
    LST-994 236k
    LST-994 154k
    LST-994 34k Ex-USS LST-994 in Argentine naval service as ARA Cabo San Pablo (BDT-7), in harbor, date and locations unknown.
    Photos courtesy Histarmar.com
    Robert Hurst
    LST-994 49k
    LST-994 41k

    USS LST-994
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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