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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 13 May 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 24 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-926, 20 July 1944, LT. Floyd H. Gould USN in command
  • During World War II USS LST-926 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 January 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 30 June 1945

  • For the Okinawa Gunto operation USS LST-926 was assigned to:
    LST Flotilla Six, CAPT. Laidlaw;
    LST Group Sixteen, LCDR. J. T. Brugger USNR;
    LST Division Thirty-Two
  • Following World War II USS LST-926 was assigned to Occupation Service in the Far East from 20 October 1945 to 26 March 1946
  • Decommissioned, 14 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
  • USS LST-926 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 13 June 1948, to Walter W. Johnson Co., Seattle, WA.
    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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    LST-926 60k USS LST-926 center, USS LST-598 at left. and USS LST-826 at right beached, in the South Pacific, circa 1944-45. Tom Smith for his father Howard C. Smith FC/2c USS LST-926
    LST-926 53k
    LST-926 42k
    LST-926 521k USS LST-926 and USS LST-758 loading out equipment and supplies of Naval Construction Battalion, Seven at Saipan, Marianas Islands, circa 12-15 April 1945. LST-926, LST-758 and USS LST-895 transported the first echelon of the Battalion to Okinawa where they were offloaded, 1 May 1945.
    Photo from the Naval Construction Battalion Seven Cruisebook
    LCDR Bob Johnson, USN (Ret)
    LST-926 505k
    LST-819 327k Ten LSTs moored at the Yonabaru Pier, Okinawa, 23 July 1945. From right to left:

    USS LST-819,
    USS LST-879,
    USS LST-681,
    USS LST-926,
    USS LST-944,
    USS LST-715,
    USS LST-918,
    USS LST-871,
    US Navy photo 21st USNCB Neg. No. 204.
    Donn Cuson
    LST-926 64k USS LST-926 crew hauling in a messenger line in order to conduct a hi-line or replenishment evolution, date and location unknown. Tom Smith for his father Howard C. Smith FC/2c USS LST-926
    LST-926 134k USS LST-926 under way in San Francisco Bay, CA., circa early 1946.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 79585. Courtesy of D.M. McPherson, 1974.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    LCT-560 289k Finding of Facts pertinent to the 2 January 1946 fire and explosion at Gushikawa, Chimu Wan, Okinawa of LCT-1414, LCT-560, LCT-891 and LCT-785.
    US Navy document from the collections of the US National Archives.
    Joey Kelly
    LCT-560 316k Casualty list pertinent to the 2 January 1946 fire and explosion at Gushikawa, Chimu Wan, Okinawa of LCT-1414, LCT-560, LCT-891 and LCT-785. This list also includes casualties from nearby LSTs USS LST-926 and USS LST-783
    US Navy letter from Commander NOB Okinawa to CINCPAC, dated 7 January 1946 now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Joey Kelly

    USS LST-926
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Gould, Floyd Howard, USN20 July 1944 - 25 March 1945
    02LTjg. Bierdeman, William Richard, USNR25 March 1945 - December 1945
    03LTjg. Schuman, Eugene S., USNRDecember 1945 - 14 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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