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USS LST-1130

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Oscar - Lima
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)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 5 December 1944, at Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 27 February 1945
  • Commissioned USS LST-1130, 20 March 1945, LT. W. E. Johnson, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-1130 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Three, CAPT. C. A. Legg USN (24);
    LST Group Ninety-Nine, CDR. W. W. Johnson USN;
    LST Division One Hundred Ninety-Seven
  • Following World War II USS LST-1130 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following period:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    23 September to 2 December 194526 July to 24 November 1946
    24 June to 25 July 1946 

  • Final Disposition, decommissioned and abandoned, 23 March 1948 following a grounding at Yap, Caroline Islands, which left the ship in a condition beyond economical repair
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1948
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    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-1120 26k USS LST-1130 beached with USS LST-1120 and USS LST-864, date and location unknown. B.E. Hughes, LST-1120 Web Site
    LST-1130 104k USS LST-1130 under way in San Francisco Bay, circa 1945-1946. Note what appears to be a large round hole in her hull side, amidships.
    US Navy photo # NH 79869 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974.
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS LST-1130
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Johnson, W. E., USNR20 March 1945 - December 1945
    02LTjg. Otterberg, M. T., USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    03LT. Miller, M. J., USNMarch 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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