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USS LST-1050

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Alpha - Zulu
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 - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS LST-1050 was transferred to the Republic of China and named ROCS Chung Lien (LST-209)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 23 December 1944, at Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 3 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS LST-1050, 3 April 1945, LT. James W. Tregaskis USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-1050 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Four, CAPT. C. A. H. H. Tiemroth;
    LST Group One Hundred;
    LST Division One Hundred Ninety-Nine
  • Following World War II USS LST-1050 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    25 September 1945 to 27 January 194725 September 1945 to 27 January 1947

  • Decommissioned and transferred to the Republic of China under the terms of lend-lease, 27 January 1947, renamed ROCS Chung Lien (LST-209)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1948
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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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    ROCS Chung Lien (LST-209)
    LST-537 52k ex-USS LST-1050 in the Republic of China service as ROCS Chung Lien (LST 209) and ex-USS LST-537 in the Republic of China service as ROCS Chung Ting (LST-203), moored at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 2 October 1989. Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    USS LST-1050
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Tregaskis, James Wyatt, USNR3 April 1945 - 8 January 1946
    02LTjg. Gibbs Jr., Wayne Fulton, USNR08.01.1946 08.05.1946
    03LTjg. Guna, Andrew, USN8 May 1946 - July 1946
    04LT. Flynn, Everett Raymond, USNJuly 1946 - 27 January 1947
    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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