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USS LST-1001

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - November - Papa
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

542-Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 18 April 1944 at the Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
  • Launched; 26 May 1944
  • Commissioned, USS LST-1001, 20 June 1944, LT. George C. Masterson USNR in command
  • Soon after commissioning USS LST-1001 transited the Atlantic Ocean with a cargo of war materials, unloading at Bristol and proceeding to Falmouth, England where she loaded ammunition and sailed for Brest France. After unloading her cargo at Brest she sailed back to England, enroute to New York. The ship prepared for Pacific duty and departed New York enroute San Diego, via the Panama Canal. At San Diego she loaded Marines and transported them to Guadalcanal. At Guadalcanal USS LST-1001 loaded Army troops for transport to Okinawa
  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-1001 came under the command of
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Five, CAPT. D. H. Johnston USN (22);
    LST Group One Hundred Four, CDR. D. Stubbs USN (25);
    LST Division Two Hundred Eight and participated in the following campaign:
  • Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 5 May to 18 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-1001 assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 8 to 15 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, 26 February 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
  • USS LST-1001 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to the New Orleans Shipwrecking Corp., Chicago, IL., 23 October 1947
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    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-1001 161k From left to right; LCT-1439, USS LST-1001 and LST-1059 beached at Okinawa in 1945-46, after hostilities have ended. Donn Cuson
    LST-727/172/1001 62k From left to right; USS LST-1001, USS LST-727 and USS LST-172 moored at Hawaii, 1945 Photo by Lawrence (Larry) LaFlamme GM/2c
    LST-1001 62k USS LST-1001 underway, date and location unknown. Tony Mastadonna

    USS LST-1001
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Masterson, George C., USNR20 June 1944 - June 1945
    02LT. Anderson, Harry Calvert, USNRJune 1945 25 November 1945
    03LTjg. Penn Jr., Fitzhugh Lee, USNR 25 November 1945 - 26 February 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
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association

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