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USS LST-121 (1943 - 1945)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Lima - Charlie
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 (5) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 23 May 1943, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
Launched, 16 August 1943
Accepted by the US Navy and placed in reduced commission for ferrying to New Orleans, LT. Marshall, USCG (Ferry Command) in command
Placed in full commission as USS LST-121, 29 September 1943, LT. John P. Devaney, USNR, in command
During World War II LST-121 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LST Flotilla Three, CDR USN (22);
LST Group Nine, CDR. S. A. Leif USNR;
LST Division Seventeen and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Marshall Islands operation
Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 31 January to February 1944
|Western Caroline Islands operation
Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June to 28 July 1944
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 28 February 1945
|Tinian capture and occupation, 24 to 28 July 1944
USS LST-121 was redesignated Landing Ship Tank (Hospital) LST(H)-121, 15 September 1945
Following World War II USS LST(H)-121 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 23 September to 20 November 1945
Decommissioned, 21 March 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
USS LST-121 earned five battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 14 April 1946, to Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Chester, PA.
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-121 loading troops at Guadalcanal, 27 August 1944, during exercises prepairng for the invasion of the Palau Islands.
Frame from a short film called " Marines on Maneuvers At Guadalcanal in Preparation for Palau Invasion", National Archives ID 77567, Local ID 428-NPC-5572.
Photographed by Cpl. J. A. Thompson, 1st Marine Div. Photo Sec. Dept. of the Navy.
||USS LST-121 aground in the Cooper River, near Charleston, SC. She had been driven aground by a severe storm. circa 1945-46. Photo by Leroy Roland
| ||LT. Marshall USCG (Ferry Command)||21 September 1943 - 29 September 1943|
|01||LT. Devaney, John Parker, USNR||29 September 1943 - 27 July 1944|
|02||LT. Godfrey, Evan D., USNR||27 July 1944 - 18 November 1945|
|03||LTjg. Swillim, Earl N., USNR||18 November 1945 - 21 March 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
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