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USS LST-999


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Quebec - Victor
NVQV
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 (3)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)


LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 8 April 1944, at the Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
  • Launched, 14 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-999, 30 May 1944, ENS. Vernon L. Warner USN in command
  • During World War II LST-999 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater;
    For Okinawa only
  • LST Flotilla Fourteen, CAPT. E. Seay (24) USN;
  • LST Group Forty-One, CDR. E. C. Parsons USNR;
  • LST Division Eighty-One and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 20 October 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 25 March 24 June 1945
    Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April 1945
     

  • Decommissioned, 29 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 September 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 3 November 1947, to Dulien Steel Products, Inc., Seattle, WA.
  • USS LST-999 earned three battle stars 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)
    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)
    Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    7 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
    Propulsion two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders

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    LST-999 154k USS LST-999 commissioning ceremony program cover. Betty Brooks for her husband Church B. Brooks, S2/c USS LST-999.
    LST-999 144k USS LST-999 commissioning back of cover. Betty Brooks for her husband Church B. Brooks, S2/c USS LST-999.
    LST-999 140k USS LST-999 commissioning ceremony order of events. Betty Brooks for her husband Church B. Brooks, S2/c USS LST-999.
    LST-999 211k USS LST-999 commissioning crew list. Betty Brooks for her husband Church B. Brooks, S2/c USS LST-999.
    LST-999 39k USS LST-999 underway, date and location unknown. Betty Brooks, courtesy Terry Neiman for his father, H. Neiman F1/MoMM USS LST-999.

    USS LST-999
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    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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