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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:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
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.
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
Troop Accommodations16 officers
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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||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.
||USS LST-927 underway in the New York Channel, 1 August 1944
US National Archives photo # 80-G-453329
||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.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LTjg. Larsen, Fred Herbert, USNR||7 July 1944 - September 1945|
|02||LT. Wickett, Bryce A., USNR||September 1945 - December 1945|
|03||LTjg. Keever Jr., Claude B., USNR||December 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
Last Updated 30 October 2020
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