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USS LST-1135

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 Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Crew formed at Bradford, VA. in February 1945
  • Launched, 21 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS LST-1135, 12 April 1945, at New Orleans, LT. Layman A. Morgan, USNR in command
    Shakedown cruise, 22 April 1945, St Andrew's Bay, FL.
    Loaded ammunition at Mobile, AL., 16 May 1945
    Passed through the Panama Canal, 16 May 1945, enroute Hawaii
    Arrived Naval Station Pearl Harbor, T. H., 13 June 1945
    Arrived Eniwetok Atoll, 1 July 1945
    Arrived Ulithi Atoll, 8 July 1945
    Arrived San Pedro Bay, Leyte, Philippines, 25 August 1945
    Arrived Tokyo Bay, Japan, 17 October 1945
  • USS LST-1135 was assigned to:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Four, CAPT. H. H. Tiemroth;
    LST Group One Hundred
    LST Division One Hundred Ninety-Nine
  • Following World War II USS LST-1135 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    8 October to 16 November 1945
    13 to 24 September 1946

  • Decommissioned, 28 April 1948
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 August 1948
  • Final Disposition, transferred, 29 June 1948, to the Maritime Administration for disposal, fate unknown
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    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-1135 135k USS LST-1135 beached while waiting for a bulldozer to construct a sand ramp to enable unloading of occupation forces and equipment in Japan, during August-September 1945. Mark J. Roberts for his father William J. Roberts QM3/c USS LST-1135
    LST-1135 442k USS LST-1135 underway with elements of the US Army 41st Division, enroute to the Japanese seaplane base at Hiro Wan, near Hiroshima, in September 1945.
    Photos by T/Sgt L. L. Craft, US Army, 1096th Signal Co., Aviation.
    Keith Brooker
    LST-1135 214k
    LST-1135 199k USS LST-1135 arriving at Yokohama, Japan in September 1945.
    Photos by T/Sgt L. L. Craft, US Army, 1096th Signal Co., Aviation.
    Keith Brooker

    USS LST-1135
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Morgan, Lyman A., USNR12 April 1945- 27 November 1945
    02LT. Ward, Carter H., USNR 27 November 1945 - March 1946
    03LTjg. Purdy, Richard Boyd, USNMarch 1946 - ?
    04LCDR. Whalin, Raymond Chesterno dates
    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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