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USS LST-1015

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

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 22 March 1944, at the Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, 20 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-1015, 8 May 1944, LT. Joel E. Poukkula USN in command
  • During World War II USS LST-1015 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Leyte landings, 30 October 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 8 January 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 19 to 29 November 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 15 April

  • For the Okinawa Gunto operation USS LST-1015 was assigned to:
    LST Flotilla Fourteen, CAPT. E. E Seay USN (24);
    LST Group Forty-Two, CDR. G. E. Artz USN (34);
    LST Division Eighty-Four
  • Following World War II USS LST-1015 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    15 September to 17 October 1945 
    15 November 1945 to 6 May 194615 November to 6 May 1946

  • Decommissioned, 6 May 1946 and transferred to the State Department for disposition
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
  • USS LST-1015 earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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-1015 312k USS LST-1015 unloads across a pontoon causeway while Navy Seabees unload motorized barges at Anguar Island, Palau Islands, date unknown.
    LST-1015 12k USS LST-1015 at anchor in a port in French Indochina, 1945 LST Home Port web site
    LST-1015/1042 22k USS LST-1015 and USS LST-1042 beached in Manchuria, 1945. LST Home Port web site

    USS LST-1015
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Poukkula, Joel Emil, USN8 May 1944 - 25 April 1945
    02LT. Kerr, Henry K., USNR25 April 1945 - December 1945
    03LT. Landrum, Thomas C., USNRDecember 1945 - 18 February 1946
    04LTjg. Ahmann, John S., USNR18 February 1946 - 6 May 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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