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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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal

USS LST-998 was sold to Argentina and renamed ARA Cabo San Francisco de Paula (BDT3)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 8 April 1944, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
  • Launched, 14 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-998, 29 May 1944, LT. Robert W. Harter USNR in command
  • During WWII USS LST-998 was assigned the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Seven, CAPT. Riley;
    LST Group One Hundred Eleven LCDR. A. H. Tutt;
    LST Division Two Hundred Twenty-Two
  • Following World War II USS LST-998 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    12 December 1945 to 31 March 194612 December 1945 to 31 March 1946

  • Decommissioned, 26 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
  • Sold, 4 November 1948, to the Northwest Merchandizing Service, named Don Ernesto
  • Foreign Naval Service
    Resold in 1948 to the government of Argentina, designated ARA BDT3
    Assigned to the Argentine Naval Transportation Service in 1949
    Named ARA Cabo San Francisco de Paula (BDT3), 24 February 1959
    Laid up in reserve in 1964
    Listed for disposal by the Argentine navy in 1966
    Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in 1968

    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
    7 officers, 104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers, 147 enlisted
    Boats 4 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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    USS LST-998
    LST-998 43k USS LST-998 underway possibly at Norfolk, VA, date unknown.
    Photo @copy Atlantic Fleet Sales Co. 4410 Colley Ave., Norfolk VA.
    Ted Bremer
    ARA Cabo San Francisco de Paula (BDT3)
    LST-998 13k Ex-USS LST-998 in Argentine naval service as ARA Cabo San Francisco de Paula (BDT3) beached with bow doors open, date and location unknown.
    Robert Hurst
    LST-998 20k ARA Cabo San Francisco de Paula (BDT3) moored outboard of another ship. date and location unknown.
    Robert Hurst

    USS LST-998
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Harter, Robert W., USNR29 May 1944 - 17 December 1945
    02LTjg. Scannell, Joseph, USNR17 December 1945 - 26 June 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
    Ted Bremer-LST 998
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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    Last Updated 27 May 1946