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USS LST-1017


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Papa - Tango
NVPT
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 (5) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)



USS LST-1017 was transferred to the Republic of China and named ROCS Chung Chi (LST-206)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 25 March 1944, at Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, 25 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-1017,12 May 1944, LT. Bartin I. Sobel USNR in command
  • During World War II LST-1017 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Eight, CAPT. E. Watts, USN;
    LST Group Twenty-Three, CDR. T.C. Linthicum, USN;
    LST Division Forty-Five and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Western New Guinea operations
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
    Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landing, 17 to 23 April 1945
    Leyte operations
    Leyte landings, 5 to 18 November 1944
    Borneo operations
    Balikpapan operation, 26 June 9 July 1945
    Luzon operations
    (a) Lingayen Gulf landing, 4 to 17 January 1945
     

  • Following World War II USS LST-1017 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    20 October 1945 to 29 June 194620 October 1945 to 29 June 1946

  • Decommissioned, 29 June 1946
  • Transferred to the Republic of China, 14 December 1946, named ROCS Chung Chi (LST-206)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1948
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-1017 earned five battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    Draft
    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
    Complement
    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
    Propulsion
    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-740 43k USS LST-632, USS LST-740 and USS LST-1017 beached at Morotai, Dutch East Indies, 18 September 1944, D+3. Clark E. Parks SM1/c USS LST-740
    LST-741 85k USS LST-741 USS LST-1017, USS LST-170, USS LST-460, USS LST-613, USS LST-1018, USS LST-695, USS LST-628, USS LST-697, beached on D+2, 22 October 1944, while unloading at Tacloban, San Pedro Bay, Leyte, P.I.
    Photo was taken from the deck of USS LST-666
    Photo by James Hopkins BM2/c USS LST-666 submitted by Harold A. Young SM2/c USS LST-666
    LST-1017 32k USS LST-1017 beached at Balikpapan, Borneo, 14 July 1945 waiting to Australian 7 Division reinforcements. An Australian Army bulldozer prepares a sand ramp to facilitate unloading across the beach. Australian War Memorial

    USS LST-1017
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Sobel, Bartin Irving, USNR12 May 1944 - 16 November 1945
    02LT. Eppler, John Vaughn, USNR16 November 1945 - 8 January 1946
    03LTjg. Moore Jr., George C., USNR8 January 1946 - 29 June 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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