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USS LST-1005

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - November - India
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
    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-1005 68k USS LST-1005 beached with LCT-1465 loaded on her main deck, date and location unknown. Dave Rodriguez
    LST-1005 78k 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
    LST-1005 66k 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

    USS LST-1005
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. North, George Irvin, USN6 April 1944 - March 1946
    02LTjg. Leon, Patrick A., USNRMarch 1946 - 6 April 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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