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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 - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 26 December 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
Launched, 3 February 1945
Commissioned USS LST-1061, 1 March 1945, LT. G. A. Johnson in command
During World War II USS LST-1061 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Thirty-Three, CAPT. C. A. Legg USN (24);
LST Group Ninety-Eight, LCDR. R. H. Menges USNR;
LST Division One Hundred Ninety-Six
Following World War II, USS LST-1061 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 to 18 September 1945
Decommissioned, 1 May 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
Final Disposition, sold, 1 March 1948, to Texas Petroleum Co. for operation, fate unknown
LST-542 Class Specifications:
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
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-1061 with LCT(6)-585 loaded on her main deck arriving in San Francisco Bay after leaving Okinawa where she was damaged during Typhoon Louise, 9 October 1945.
Note starboard bow door is missing.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 82174. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975.
|Robert C. Smith, Archivist US Navy Memorial Foundation, courtesy Timothy J. Scott for his father, Walter F. Scott, MOMM3/c, USS LST-1061 1945-1946.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Johnson, G. A., USN||1 March 1945 - March 1946|
|02||LTjg. Whittemore, Howard R., USNR||March 1946 - 1 May 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
Last Updated 9 September 2016
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