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USS LST-1018

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 31 March 1944, at Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, 6 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-1018,14 May 1944, LT. Peter F. Williams USNR in command
  • During World War II LST-1018 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Eight, CAPT. E. Watts, USN;
    LST Group Twenty-Three (Flagship), CDR. T. C. Linthicum, USN;
    LST Division Forty-Six 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, Tacloban, San Pedro Bay, 5 to 18 November 1944
    Borneo operations
    Balikpapan operation, 26 June to 9 July 1945
    Luzon operations;
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 4 to 18 January 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-1018 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 30 November 1945 to 15 January 1946
  • Decommissioned, 16 August 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 23 June 1947
  • USS LST-1018 earned five battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 24 June 1948, to Consolidated Builders, Inc., Seattle, WA.
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    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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    Size Image Description Contributed
    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-1018 28k USS LST-1018 beached at Mindoro, Philippine Islands, 15 December 1944. Australian Army bulldozers prepares a sand ramp to facilitate unloading across the beach. Australian War Memorial

    USS LST-1018
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Williams, Peter Fay, USNR14 May 1944 - 24 November 1945
    02ENS. Griffith, George Perry, USN (USNA 1945)24 November 1945 - June 1946
    03ENS. Bosecker Jr., Edwin, USNRJune 1946 - 16 August 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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