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USS LST-1011

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Papa - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

542-Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 29 February 1944, at Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, 29 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST 1011, 5 May 1944, LT. Robert M. Wilson USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-1011 was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Invasion of southern France, 15 to 22 September 1944 Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 22 to 30 June 1945

  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-1011 was assigned to:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Seven, CAPT. Riley;
    LST Group One Hundred Nine, CDR. E. W. Wilson USNR;
    LST Division Two Hundred-Eighteen
  • Following World War II USS LST-1011 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 September to 1 December 1945
    24 December 1945 to 8 January 1946
    30 January to 19 February 1946
  • Decommissioned, 20 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 12 June 1948, to the Walter W. Johnson Co.
  • USS LST-1011 earned two 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. (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-906/1011/1012 66k From left to right USS LST 906, USS LST-1011 and USS LST-1012 at Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, (HRPE) Naval Amphibious Base Norfolk, VA., 27 May 1944. The Library of Virginia
    US Army Signal Corps
    Photograph Collection
    LST-899 42k USS LST-1011 and USS LST-899 moored at Pearl Harbor, T.H., date unknown. Jack Harbison for his father John Douglas Harbison MM1, USS LST-899
    LST-899 43k USS LST-1011, USS LST-899 and USS LST-530 moored at Pearl Harbor, T.H., date unknown. Jack Harbison for his father John Douglas Harbison MM1, USS LST-899

    USS LST-1011
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Wilson, Robert M., USNR5 May 1944 - 1 January 1946
    02LTjg. Dixon, Keith L., USNR1 January 1946 - 4 May 1946
    03ENS. Andrews, James R., USNR4 May 1946 - 20 June 1945
    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 Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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