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USS LST-1021

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Uniform - Oscar
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

USS LST-1021 transferred to the Royal Navy in December 1944 for the duration of World War II
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 18 April 1944, at Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, 16 May 1944
  • Commissioned , 21 May 1944, LT. Roger W. Erickson USNR in command
  • During World War II LST-1021 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 19 September 1944

  • Decommissioned and transferred to the United Kingdom, 24 December 1944
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-1021
  • Returned to US Navy custody and struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1947
  • Final Disposition, sold, 7 October 1947, to Tung Hwa Trading Co., Singapore, fate unknown
  • USS LST-1021 earned one battle star 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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    LST-1021 73k HM LST-1021 high and dry at Kyaukpyu, between Akyab and Ramree, on the Arakan coast of Burma, November 1945. Robert Hurst
    LST-1021 76k HM LST-1021 with bow doors open ready for loading at Kyaukpyu, between Akyab and Ramree, on the Arakan coast of Burma, November 1945. Robert Hurst
    LST-1021 113k HM LST-1021 beached at Kyaukpyu, between Akyab and Ramree, on the Arakan coast of Burma, November 1945, while loading a jeep up her ramp to the upper deck. Robert Hurst

    USS LST-1021
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Erickson, Roger William, USNR21 May 1944 - 24 December 1944
    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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