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USS LST-1104

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Charlie - Mike
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)

USS LST-1104 was transferred to Argentina and designated ARA BDT No.12
542-Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 1 December 1944, at Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 17 January 1945
  • Commissioned USS LST-1104, 8 February 1945, LT. John F. Kelly, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-1104 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Two, CAPT. D.J. Sweeny;
    LST Group Ninety-Six, CDR. J.M. Dod USNR;
    LST Division One Hundred Ninety-One 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-1104 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following period:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September 1945 to 7 April 19462 September 1945 to 7 April 1946
    20 September to 3 October 1945 
    15 to 28 October 1945 
    10 November 1945 to 10 March 1946 

  • Decommissioned, 8 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 22 May 1947
  • Sold, 28 April 1947, to the Quarterman Corp., for operation, named Samba
  • Resold in 1948 to the government of Argentina and designated ARA BDT No.12
  • Final Disposition, disposed of by the Argentine Navy in 1958, fate unknown
  • USS LST-1104 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-1104
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Kelly, John Francis, USNR8 February 1945 - 22 April 1945
    02LT. Rice Jr., John B., USNR22 April 1945 - December 1945
    03LT. Israel, Creighton Borah, USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    04LTjg. Sirotkin, G. V. B., USNRMarch 1946 - 8 July 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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