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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 (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 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

  • Following service in the Southwest Pacific Area USS LST-999 was assigned to:
    LST Flotilla Fourteen, CAPT. E. Seay (24) USN;
    LST Group Forty-One, CDR. E. C. Parsons USNR;
    LST Division Eighty-One
  • Decommissioned, 29 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 September 1946
  • USS LST-999 earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 3 November 1947, to Dulien Steel Products, Inc., Seattle, WA.
    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-999 263k USS LST-999 at anchor, date and location unknown Barry E. Berman
    LST-999 99k USS LST-999 beached, date and location unknown Barry E. Berman
    LST-999 57k Construction equipment on the main deck of USS LST-999, date and location unknown. Berry E. Berman
    LST-999 82k USS LST-999 crew during crossing the equator initiation ceremony. Barry E. Berman
    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.
    LST-999 65k USS LST-999 moored, probably at San Pedro, CA., circa late March 1946. Barry E. Berman
    LST-999 1166k The log and chart of USS LST-999's voyages. Barry E. Berman

    USS LST-999
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01ENS. Warner, Vernon Lee, USN30 May 1944 - 18 May 1945
    02LT. Lynch, Edward Martin, USN18 May 1945 - 15 September 1945
    03LTjg. Klein Jr., Nicola Don, USNR15 September 1945 - 10 November 1945
    04LTjg. Boyd Jr., Richard P., USNR10 November 1945 - May 1946
    05LTjg. Fountain III, Charles L., USNRMay 1946 - 29 July 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
    Commissioning Program
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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