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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Papa - Bravo
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:
|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
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-1031 beached at Okinawa, 12 July 1945.
US National Archives image.
||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.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Price, Charles William, USN||25 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
Last Updated 5 August 2016
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