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USS LST-1039

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Alpha - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 26 November 1944, at Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 6 January 1945
  • Placed in reduced commission, 30 January 1945, as USS LST-1039, Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA., LT R. B. McArthur, USN (Ferry Crew #15) in command
  • Commissioned in full as USS LST-1039, 9 February 1945, at Naval Station Algiers, LA., LT. George E. Paris, USN in command
  • During World War II USS LST-1039 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Two; CAPT. CAPT. D. J. Sweeny;
    LST Div One Hundred Ninety-Two;
    LST Division One Hundred Ninety-Two and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 8 to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-1039 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    14 November to 5 December 1945
    19 December 1945 to 4 January 1946
    12 January to 12 April 1946
  • Decommissioned, 21 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
  • Sold, 2 September 1947, to Columbia River Packers Association, Inc., for operation
  • Resold, date unknown, renamed MV Tinian reflagged France
  • Renamed MV Iraty, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-1039 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. (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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    USS LST-1039
    LST-1039 286k USS LST-1039 commissioning crew photo taken at Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA. on 6 January 1945. CAPT. Tom Meyers USCG (Ret.) for his father Charles Willard Meyers, Radarman 3c USS LST-1039)
    LST-1039 225k USS LST-1039 under way on the Ohio River off Neville Island, Dravo Shipyard, circa 30 January 1945, enroute to Naval Station Agiers, LA. for fitting out. CAPT. Tom Meyers USCG (Ret.) for his father Charles Willard Meyers, Radarman 3c USS LST-1039)
    LST-1039 140k USS LST-1039 at anchor in Tokyo Bay, December 1945. Tom Corcoran for his father LTjg. Ralph A. Corcoran USS LST-1039
    LST-1039 192k USS LST-1039 probably under way in San Francisco Bay on either 14 May 1946 when entering the bay on return to CONUS or 18 May when departing San Francisco for Seattle.
    © Allied Photographers, San Francisco, CA.
    CAPT. Tom Meyers USCG (Ret.) for his father Charles Willard Meyers, Radarman 3c USS LST-1039)
    Merchant Service
    LST-1039 332k Ex-USS LST-1039 in merchant service as the French commercial navy vessel MV Iraty moored in front of coastal-defense fort Vauban on the river Adour, Bayonne, France, date unknown. Note that she has no bow doors and has a modified stem. At this time Iraty was a refrigerated ship and was employed for tuna fishing off the coast of Dakar, Africa. Ship-owner was the Basque cooperative "Itsasokoa." André Pilon

    USS LST-1039
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
     LT. McArthur, R.B., USN (Ferry Crew #15)30 January 1945 - 9 February 1945
    01LT. Paris, George Earl, USN9 February 1945 - 21 June 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
    USS LST-1039 Voyage Log, Pittsburgh to NavSta Algiers, LA.
    USS LST-1039 Commissioning Crew Enlisted Roster
    LST-1039 and other units of TU 96 Voyage Orders from Yokohama to Pearl Harbor, 12 April 1946
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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