Undated photo of LST-906 underway in the Mediterranean. She is fitted with a 220 ft × 16 ft (67.1 m × 4.9 m) temporary flight deck for launching USAAF Piper L-4 Grasshopper observation aircraft, one of which is shown, ready for launching.
|Laid down:||14 January 1944|
|Launched:||11 March 1944|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Henry Levine|
|Commissioned:||27 April 1944|
|Decommissioned:||20 May 1945|
|Struck:||22 June 1945|
|1 battle star, World War II|
|Fate:||Sold for scrap|
|Class and type:||LST-542-class tank landing ship|
|Length:||328 ft (100.0 m)|
|Beam:||50 ft (15.2 m)|
|Draft:||8 ft (2.4 m) fwd; 14 ft 4 in (4.37 m) aft (full load)|
|Propulsion:||Two diesel engines, two shafts|
|Complement:||7 officers, 204 enlisted|
|Aircraft carried:||6 × L-4B “Grasshopper”|
|Aviation facilities:||Custom-built mesh airstrip|
LST-906 was laid down on 24 January 1944 at Hingham, Massachusetts, by the Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc.; launched on 11 March 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Henry Levine; and commissioned on 27 April 1944.
During World War II, LST-906 was assigned to the European Theatre.
While in the Mediterranean, Seabees converted LST-906 into a makeshift aircraft carrier sporting a custom-built mesh airstrip above deck. She was the base for 6 USAAF L-4B Grasshoppers flown as artillery spotters for the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division during the Invasion of southern France in September 1944. LST-906 was one of six LSTs so converted.
The ship was decommissioned on 20 May 1945, struck from the Navy list on 22 June 1945, and sold for scrap soon thereafter.
LST-906 earned one battle star for World War II service.
- Rottman, Gordon L.; Tony Bryan (2005). Landing ship, tank (LST) 1942-2002. Oxford: Osprey. p. 47. ISBN 978-1-84176-923-3. OCLC 61879311.
- Priolo, Gary P. (2004-11-29). "LST-906". NavSource Online. NavSource Naval History. Retrieved 2007-12-06.
- The others being USS LST-16, USS LST-158, USS LST-337, USS LST-386, and USS LST-525. See Rottman, p. 47
- Cressman, Robert (2000). "Chapter VI: 1944". The official chronology of the U.S. Navy in World War II. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 978-1-55750-149-3. OCLC 41977179. Retrieved 2007-12-06.
- Photo gallery of LST-906 at NavSource Naval History