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USS LST-1019

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Victor - Mike
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, 31 March 1944, at Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, 6 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-1019, 17 May 1944, LT. Norman C. Ross, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-1019 was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater under the command of;
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Six, CAPT. D. F. J. Shea USN (23)
    LST Group One Hundred Eight, LCDR. W. R. Peeler USN (34);
    LST Division Two Hundred-Sixteen participating in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 14 September 1944 Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 18 May to 15 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-1019 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    20 September to 8 October 1945
    15 to 28 October 1945
    10 November 1945 to 12 April 1946

  • Decommissioned, 30 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 September 1946
  • Sold to the Humble Oil & Refining Co., Houston, TX., for operation
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-1019 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.
    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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    LSTs995/1020 239k Southern France Invasion, August 1944. LST's loading invasion supplies and vehicles at Nisida, Italy, 9 August 1944, just prior to the Southern France Operation. Note barrage balloons overhead. Ships loading on beach include (left to right):
    USS LST-1019;
    USS LST-504;
    USS LST-1020; and
    USS LST-995; among others. Passing by in center distance is
    USS LST-505.
    US National Archives Photo # 80-G-258037, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Rob Rielly
    LST-601 18k USS LST-1019 and USS LST-601, Naples, Italy, 1945. LST Home Port web site
    LST-601 20k USS LST-1019 and USS LST-601, Naples, Italy, 1945. LST Home Port web site

    USS LST-1019
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Ross, Norman C., USNR17 May 1944 - 12 October 1945
    02LTjg. Sackett, Lynn R., USNR12 October 1945 - June 1946
    03ENS. Kelleher, J. H., USNRJune 1946 - 30 July 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 Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
    MARAD Vessel History Data Base
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