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Duty on LST 1006
Hans A. Stiller MoMM2/c V2 USNR

"In summarizing the life and work of LST 1006 a few related statistics very graphically establish her in a class almost her own. From an ordinary start with the usual green crew she has developed into a veteran of the Pacific War with a record hard to equal.

Official ship's records reveal that the 1006 in 18½ months of commissioned service has traveled approximately 45,000 nautical miles at an average speed of eight knots. She has carried 3575 passengers in fifteen separate port to port, or beach to beach, voyages. her cargo averaged 600 tons per trip. She make 6 assault landings and four resupply runs in a combat area. She beached thirty-one times in forward areas and never required assistance in retracting. She never suffered a single combat casualty to ship's company and never was the victim of a serious accident. She was subjected to a total of 123 separate air attacks by the Japanese. She was officially credited in action reports with shooting down two Japanese suicide planes. She has never missed an operation when officially designated to go. She has never been in drydocked and never had a complete overhaul of Main or Auxiliary Engines. She has been cited on numerous occasions for outstanding performance of duty. She acted as a temporary hospital ship although not equipped for this type of work, in evacuating 107 Army and Navy casualties from a combat beachhead at Dulag, Leyte. She continued to maintain her high standard of performance after the war by lifting occupation forces from the Philippines to Korea, and evacuating disarmed Japanese troops from Korea to Kyushu, Japan. It can be truly said that all hands deserve a hearty "Well done"."

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