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USS LST-1006

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 5 February 1944, at Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, 11 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-1006, 12 April 1944, LT. Vardy D. Garvey USN in command
  • During World War II LST-1006 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater: For the Okinawa- Gunto campaign USS LST-1006 came under the command of:
    LST Flotilla Fourteen, CAPT. E. A. Seay USN (24);
    LST Group Forty, CDR. G. Reith USN (24);
    LST Division Seventy-Nine and participated in the following campaigns;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings (Yellow Beach), 20 October 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto (Purple Beach), 1 April to 10 June 1945
    and Theya Shima, 2 to 4 June 1945 (no enemy present)
    Manila Bay - Bicol operations
    Zambales, 29 to 30 January 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-1006 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    12 September to 23 October 1945 
    21 November 1945 to 28 March 194622 November 1945 to 28 March 1946

  • Decommissioned, 26 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 August 1948
  • Final Disposition, sold, 4 June 1948, to Steele Powers for operation, fate unknown
  • USS LST-1006 earned three battle stars for World War II service
    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-1006 340k USS LST-1006 with LCT(6)-670 on her main deck. at Pearl Harbor in the summer of 1944. YTL-340 is alongside.
    Photo from the collection of LCDR. Dayton Brown.
    Tracy White

    USS LST-1006
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Garvey, Vardy Douglas, USN12 April 1944 - 30 December 1945
    02LT. Unger, Robert M., USNR30 December 1945 - 5 January 1946
    03LTjg. Tellstrom, Alden W., USNR5 January 1946 - 1946
    04ENS. Pavao Jr., James1946 - 26 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
    "Duty on LST 1006"
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
    MARAD Vessel History Data Base
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