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USS LST-1120


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Lima - Delta
NBLD
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, 20 October 1944, at Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 16 January 1945
  • Commissioned USS LST-1120, 9 February 1945
  • During World War II USS LST-1120 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, 26 to 28 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LST-1120 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following period:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    29 September to 14 October 1945 
    19 October 1945 to 4 January 1946 
    6 December 1946 to 26 January 19476 December 1946 to 26 January 1947

  • Decommissioned, 14 January 1948
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 February 1948
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 20 June 1948, to Consolidated Builders, Inc., Seattle, WA.
  • USS LST-1120 earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    Draft
    (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)
    Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    7 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
    Propulsion
    two General Motors 12-567, 900hp Diesel engines
    two propellers
    twin rudders

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    LST-1120 42k LST-1120 launching at Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., Seneca, IL., 16 January 1945 B.E. Hughes, LST-1120 Web Site
    LST-1120 98k LST-1120 underway with elements of the US Army 41st Division, enroute to the Japanese seaplane base at Hiro Wan, near Hiroshima, 25 September 1945. Keith Brooker
    LST-1120 156k
    LST-1120 26k USS LST-1120 beached with USS LST-1130 and LST-864, date and location unknown. B.E. Hughes, LST-1120 Web Site
    LST-1120 885k Aerial view of ships berthed at Mare Island, 8 February 1946.
    Left (inboard to outboard):
    USS LST-1134,
    USS LST-828,
    USS LST-1088,
    USS LST-1120
    and YOS-1.
    Right (inboard to outboard):
    USS General William Mitchell (AP-114),
    USS General G. M. Randall (AP-115),
    YD-33 and what appears to be
    YC-293.
    Darryl Baker

    USS LST-1120
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    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
    USS LST 1120
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