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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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 2 February 1944, at Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, MA.
Launched, 11 March 1944
Commissioned USS LST-1005, 6 April 1944, LT. George I. North USN in command
During World War II USS LST-1005 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Thirty-Seven, CAPT. Riley;
LST Group One Hundred Ten, LCDR. C. Alexander;
LST Division Two Hundred-Nineteen
Following World War II USS LST-1005 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|15 to 25 October 1945
|18 November 1945 to 5 May 1946
Severely damaged by collision with USS LST-814 during a beaching operation off Sasebo, Japan, 30 December 1945
Decommissioned, 6 April 1946 after removal of all salvageable equipment following damage sustained in beaching operations
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
Final Disposition, hulk destroyed
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
Length 328' o.a.
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
Boats 2 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
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
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
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||USS LST-1005 beached with LCT-1465 loaded on her main deck, date and location unknown.
||Ex-USS LST-814 (left) and ex-USS LST-1005 (right) beached at Okunoshima, Japan, 3 August 1946. The two LSTs had been damaged beyond economical repair and had been decommissioned, struck from the Naval Register and stripped of all useful material. They were then loaded with a cargo of poison gas, removed during "Operation Lewisite" from the Tokyo 2nd Arsenal, prior to being towed to the Philippines Sea for scuttling on 12 August 1946.
Australian War Memorial photo # 131746.
|Australian War Memorial
||Ex-USS LST-814 and ex-USS LST-1005 beached at Okunoshima, Japan, 3 August 1946. The hulk of ex-LST-814, with a tug alongside, was ready to be towed to the Philippines Sea for disposal. Her cargo consisted of 85 tons of liquid Viesicant, 665 tons of Mustard bombs, 710 tons of Dyphenylcynarsine and 540 tons of Mustard and Lewisite gas containers. Making 2000 metric tons in all. Ship and cargo were sunk, 12 August 1946, by blowing holes in her hull with ten Beehive charges.
Australian War Memorial photo # 131747.
|Australian War Memorial
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. North, George Irvin, USN||6 April 1944 - March 1946|
|02||LTjg. Leon, Patrick A., USNR||March 1946 - 6 April 1946|
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