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USS LST-1031


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Papa - Bravo
NVPB
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal


LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 27 May 1944, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
  • Launched, 25 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-1031, 25 July 1944, LT. Charles W. Price USN in command
  • During World War II, USS LST-1031 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Six, CAPT. Laidlaw USN (25);
    LST Group Eighteen, CDR. P. Neikum USNR Ret. (26);
    LST Division Thirty-Five and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 3 May to 30 June 1945

  • Decommissioned, 18 December 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 January 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 23 October 1947, to Boston Metals Corp., Baltimore, MD.
  • USS LST-1031 earned one battle star for World War 11 service
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    Draft
    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
    Complement
    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
    Propulsion
    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-1031 78k USS LST-1031 beached at Okinawa, 12 July 1945.
    US National Archives image.
    Bill Brinkley
    LST-1031 131k Carrying their meager belongings, civilians trudge into the cargo deck of USS LST-1031 scheduled to take them up the Okinawa coast to a refugee camp, circa late 1945.
    A US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    USS LST-1031
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Price, Charles William, USN25 July 1944 - 18 December 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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