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USS LST-1025

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Victor - Alpha
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 (4) - 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, 26 April 1944, at Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, 22 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-1025, 31 May 1944, ENS. Chester C. Curfman USN in command
  • During World War II USS LST-1025 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte Operation;
    Leyte landings, 18 October to 6 November 1944
    Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines;
    Visayan Islands landings, 18 March 1945
    Manila Bay-Bicol operation;
    Zambales-Subic Bay, 29 to 30 January 1945
    Borneo operation;
    Tarakan Island operation, 27 April to 5 May 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-1025 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    25 September to 14 October 1945
    29 October to 9 November 1945
    28 December 1945 to 5 January 1946
  • Decommissioned, 24 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 11 June 1948, to Walter W. Johnson Co.
  • USS LST-1025 earned four 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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    LST-1025 94k USS LST-1025 beached at Mindoro Island, Philippines, 18 December 1944. All hands work to off-load ammunition so the ship can retract from the beach.
    US Navy photo
    Tommy Trampp
    LST-697 133k Five LSTs beached at San Fabian, Lingayen Gulf while unloading trucks, circa January 1945. Right to left; USS LST-697, USS LST-573, USS LST-1025, USS LST-496 and unidentified. John De Noma
    LST-924 78k USS LST-924 and USS LST-1025 beached at Tarakan Island, Borneo, 1 May 1945, while the heavy equipment of No. 61 Airfield Construction Wing RAAF is being unloaded.
    Australian War Memorial photo # OG2476
    Australian War Memorial
    LST-1025 25k USS LST-1025 and USS LST-697 beached on Blue Beach at Morotai, 17 May 1945. USS LST-1025 is unloading wounded from Tarakan Island. Members of the Australian Army 2/12 Field Ambulance Transferred them to the 2/5 General Hospital. Australian War Memorial
    LST-711 76k USS LST-711, USS LST-1025, USS LST-574 and an unidentified LST beached at Morotai, Halmahera Islands, Netherlands East Indies, 29 May 1945, waiting to load Royal Australian Air Force vehicles for the invasion of Lubuan, British North Borneo.
    Australian War Memorial photo # OG2807.
    Australian War Memorial
    LST-1025 20k USS LST-1025 beached at Morotai, 1 June 1945 as US Army Air Corp aircraft overfly the embarkation area during the full scale rehearsal for the Oboe 6 Operation. Australian War Memorial
    LST-1025 29k USS LST-1025 retracts from the beach at Morotai, 3 June 1945, loaded with troops and equipment of HQ 9th Division Australian Army bound for Operation Oboe 6. Australian War Memorial
    LST-1025 21k

    USS LST-1025
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01ENS. Curfman, Chester Clayton, USN31 May 1944 - 28 June 1945
    02LT. Flato, Jerome Cecil, USNR28 June 1945 - 13 July 1945
    03LT. Fitch, Alfred Levan, USNR13 July 1945 = 5 February 1946
    04LTjg. Coleman, James M., USNR5 February 1946 - 24 May 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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