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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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia Clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 26 April 1944, at Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, MA.
Launched, 22 May 1944
Commissioned USS LST-1024, 28 May 1944, LT. C. Lowndes USNR in command
During World War II USS LST-1024 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
For Okinawa only
LST Flotilla Fourteen, CAPT. E. Seay (24) USN;
LST Group Forty-One, CDR. E. C. Parsons USNR;
LST Division Eighty-Two and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Leyte landings, 20 October 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 7 May 1945
Following World War II USS LST-1024 was assigned Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|20 September to 3 October 1945
|15 to 28 October 1945
|10 November to 26 December1945
Decommissioned, 27 June 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
Final Disposition, sold, 12 March 1948, to Alexander Shipyards, Inc., for commercial operations
USS LST-1024 earned two battle stars for World War II service
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
Length 328' o.a.
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
Boats 2 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
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
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
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||USS LST-1024 beached at Leyte, 22 October 1944. Other naval units present include an unidentified LCT beached to port of USS LST-1024 and USS LSM-135 beached to port and astern of USS LST-1024. Note the beachmaster signalman on the beach directing the approach of a ship of landing craft onto the beach.
||USS LST-1024 in convoy with eleven other LSTs, date and location unknown. Photo taken by Lt. Spencer Fine USS LST-660.
||Submitted by Matt Schneider in honor of his grandfather Richard Humpert USS LST-660.
||From left to right USS LST-550, USS LST-1090, USS LST-1024 and LST-1138 beached in the Philippines during the re-occupation period following the liberation of the Philippines.
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
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
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
Last Updated 24 January 2014
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