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USS LST-1040

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - 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, 3 December 1944, at Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 13 January 1945
  • Commissioned USS LST-1040, 13 February 1945, LT. George E. Cooper USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-1040 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Three, CAPT. C. A. Legg USN (24);
    LST Group Ninety-Seven, CDR. H. B. McLean;
    LST Division One Hundred Ninety-Three and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 8 to 28 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-1040 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    30 October to 1 November 1945 
    41 November to 25 December 1945 
    3 January to 30 July 19463 January to 30 July 1946
  • Decommissioned, 23 September 1946
  • Sold to the Netherlands East Indies, 5 October 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 23 April 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-1040 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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    LST-1040 174k USS LST-1040 commissioning crew, 13 February 1945 Robert Allerton USS LST-1040
    LST-1040 62k USS LST-1040 beached at Tinian, Marianas Islands, May 1945 Robert Allerton USS LST-1040
    LST-1040 57k USS LST-1040 and LST-570 beached at Okinawa, June 1945, while loading amtracks in preparation for the last invasion of the war, Kume Shima Robert Allerton USS LST-1040
    LST-1040 37k USS LST-1040 center, USS LST-1060 far right, and USS Ascella (AK-137) far left, anchored, 19 January 1946, on the Yangtze River, Shanghai, China Robert Allerton USS LST-1040
    LST-1040 32k Close up of USS LST-1040 anchored, 19 January 1946, on the Yangtze River, Shanghai, China Robert Allerton USS LST-1040
    LST-1040 57k USS LST-1040 crew members working on the main deck, date and location unknown. Robert Allerton USS LST-1040
    LST-1040 71k USS LST-1040 crew members loading supplies, date and location unknown. Robert Allerton USS LST-1040
    LST-1040 52k USS LST-1040 crew members, Robert Allerton is in the middle with his hat on the back of his head. Robert Allerton USS LST-1040

    USS LST-1040
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Cooper, George E., USNR13 February 1945 - 17 September 1945
    02LT. Cousins, Robert T., USNR17 September 1945 - 20 November 1945
    03LT. Price, Albert Kermit, USN20 November 1945 - 23 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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