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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Papa - Alpha
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)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 20 May 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 28 June 1944
  • Commissioned, USS LST-927, 7 July 1944, LTjg. Fred H. Larsen USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-927 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, 4 to 18 January 1945
    Consolidation of Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 10 to 19 March, 24 March to 14 April and 17 to 23 April 1945

  • Decommissioned, 20 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 October 1946
  • USS LST-927 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 December 1947, to The Learner Co., Oakland, CA.
    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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    William J. Pattison 149k William J. Pattison (APD-104) fitting out at Bethlehem Steel Co. Shipyard, Hingham, MA., 1 July 1944, She is still carrying her "DE" hull number but will be redesignated a Crosley Class High-speed Transport, APD-104, 17 July 1944. Note other ships also fitting out, including LST-926 and LST-927. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-85668
    US National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-85599, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    227k USS LST-927 underway in the New York Channel, 1 August 1944
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-453329
    Rick Davis
    LST-927 62k USS LST-927 at anchor in San Francisco Bay, circa 1945-1946.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH-84706 courtesy of D.M. McPherson, 1976.
    Robert Hurst

    USS LST-927
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Larsen, Fred Herbert, USNR7 July 1944 - September 1945
    02LT. Wickett, Bryce A., USNRSeptember 1945 - December 1945
    03LTjg. Keever Jr., Claude B., USNRDecember 1945 - 20 July 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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