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USS LST-1028

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (9 January 1945) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 15 May 1944, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
  • Launched, 18 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-1028, 7 July 1944, LT. Norman L. Knipe, Jr. USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-1028 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 9 January 1945
  • Decommissioned, 19 November 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 December 1945
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 29 August 1947, to Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Co., Seattle, WA.
  • USS LST-1028 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-925/623/1028 69k USS LST-1028 beached on Orange Beach during the Lingayen Gulf landings on 16 January 1945. She was seriously damaged on her port side by a Japanese Torpedo Boat using depth charges while she was trying to assist USS LST-925 which had also been attacked and damaged by a Japanese Torpedo Boat. USS LST-925 lays broached at a right angle to USS LST-1028. USS LST-623 is beached further down the beach while unloading equipment and supplies. USS LST-687 is unloading an amphibious DUWK at far right. Photo by Bernard DeNoma LCT-725 radioman and machine gunner
    LST-925/623/1028/687 76k Orange One Beach, Lingayen Gulf, early January, 1945. This photo is from the 40th infantry Division scrapbook and shows the massive logistics train involved with an amphibious assault. While the landing itself was relatively unopposed, the ships pictured here spent their time under constant attack from suicided boats and Kamikaze. Early in the morning of January 10th, USS LST-925 (shown parallel to the beach in this picture) was struck by an explosive charge placed by and enemy small craft. The gunners on USS LST-925 destroyed the boat and crew, but the damage was already done. USS LST-1028 (at a right angle to LST-925) came alongside to render assistance and was also struck by a similar craft before they too destroyed their attackers. Taking on water and assisted by tugs, both ships elected to beach at the extreme edge of the landing area so as not to interfere with further landing operations. The ships seen here were at near constant alert throughout their time at Lingayen. Of note, the airfield is clearly visible in the middle left of the photo and the C-47's and P-51's there indicate a mature beach head when this photo was taken. Brian Miller

    USS LST-1028
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Knipe Jr., Norman L., USNR7 July 1944 - September 1945
    02LT. Kelley, William L., USNRSeptember 1945 - 19 November 1945
    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
    MARAD Vessel History Data Base
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