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USS LST-1008

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Quebec - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

USS LST-1008 was transferred to the Republic of China, seized by the Peoples Republic of China
542-Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 16 February 1944, at Bethlehem Steel Fore River Plant, Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, 23 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-1008, 18 April 1944, LT, Richard M. Laden USN in command
  • During World War II USS LST-1008 was assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and the Asiatic-Pacific Theaters and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • USS LST-1008 embarked H Company, 41st Armored Infantry at 0510 hours, 8 June and disembarked 1500 hours, 9 June 1944 at Easy White Beach, Normandy
  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-1008 came under the command of:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Seven, CAPT. Riley;
    LST Group One Hundred Eleven LCDR. A. H. Tutt;
    LST Division Two Hundred Twenty-Two
  • Following World War II USS LST-1008 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September 1945 to 4 May 19462 September 1945 to 4 May 1946

  • Decommissioned, 4 May 1946, and transferred to US State Department custody for further transfer to the Republic of China
  • Struck From the Naval Register, 19 June 1949
  • Seized by the Peoples Republic of China, date unknown
  • Current Disposition, China Navy Museum, Qing Dao, Shandang Province, Peoples Republic of China
    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 1008 90k USS LST-1008 under way, date and location unknown. World War II Press Photo Tommy Trampp
    LST 1008 55k USS LST-1008 under way, circa 1946, location unknown. US Navy photo. S. C. Heal Esq.
    PRCS LST-926
    LST 1008 47k Lt. Osborne and his father discovered ex-USS LST-1008 moored in the port city of Qing Dao, Shandang Province, Peoples Republic of China at the China Navy Museum. Note that the ship, classified by the Chinese as a Shan Class LST, had been repainted and given a different hull number. Lt. William Osborne, USMC
    LST 1008 40k View of stern clearly showing welded US markings ex-USS LST 1008 Lt. William Osborne, USMC
    LST 1008 46k Port side view of ex-USS LST-1008 superstructure Lt. William Osborne, USMC
    LST 1008 39k Bow on view of ex-USS LST-1008 showing bow doors Lt. William Osborne, USMC
    LST 1008 47k Port bow view of ex-USS LST-1008 showing bow doors Lt. William Osborne, USMC
    LST 1008 47k View of USS LST-1008 davit equipment clearly showing US origin. Lt. William Osborne, USMC
    LST 1008 39k Port bow view of ex-USS LST-1008 moored pierside at the China Navy Museum, Qing Dao, Shandang Province, Peoples Republic of China, (date unknown) .

    USS LST-1008
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Laden, Richard Melton, USN18 April 1944 - 4 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    United States LST Association
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