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USS LST-1027

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Victor - Golf
<Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 8 May 1944, at Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, 2 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-1027, 7 June 1944, LT. Paul H. Shropshire Jr. USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-1027 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 5 to 18 November 1944
    Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 10 to 12 March 1945
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945
    Borneo operation
    Tarakan Island operation, 1 to 29 May 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-1027 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    29 September to 10 October 1945 
    29 October to 9 November 1945 
    1 February to 4 September 19461 February to 4 September 1946

  • Decommissioned, 4 September 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 23 April 1947
  • Sold, 20 January 1947, to Bosey, Philippines
  • Resold, date unknown, last reported in 1978, to be in commercial service as MV Chung 107 under the flag of Peoples Republic of China
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-1027 earned four battle stars for World War If service
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    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-1027 50k USS LST-1027 high and dry after the tide receded on the first day of Allied landings at Tarakan, Borneo on May 1, 1945. The ship remained stranded on the beach for ten days before refloating.
    Australian War Memorial, Photo No. P05712.002
    Mike Green
    LST 993 3344k USS LST-1027 and USS LST-993 high and dry at low tide at Tarakan, Borneo on 1 May 1945. Headquarters 26th Brigade Infantry troops and vehicles are crossing the muddy beach on a causeway pontoon.
    US Navy photo.
    Carl Kracht for his father PHom1/c Ken Kracht

    USS LST-1027
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Shropshire Jr., Paul Haynes, USNR7 June 1944 - December 1945
    02LTjg. Gill, Joseph B., USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    03LTjg. Wehrmann, Robert C., USNRMarch 1946 - June 1946
    04LTjg. Rawls Jr., Elbert Sorsby, USN (USNA 1945)June 1946 - 4 September 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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