USS LST-939

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USS LST-939 San Francisco Bay 1946.jpg
USS LST-939 under way in San Francisco Bay, c. early 1946.
History
Name: LST-939
Builder: Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Massachusetts
Yard number: 3409[1]
Laid down: 21 July 1944
Launched: 23 August 1944
Commissioned: 14 September 1944
Decommissioned: 22 June 1946
Struck: 31 July 1946
Identification:
Honors and
awards:
Bronze-service-star-3d.png 1 × battle star
Fate: Sold for scrapping, 12 June 1948
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: LST-542-class tank landing ship
Displacement:
  • 1,625 long tons (1,651 t) (light)
  • 4,080 long tons (4,145 t) (full (seagoing draft with 1,675 short tons (1,520 t) load)
  • 2,366 long tons (2,404 t) (beaching)
Length: 328 ft (100 m) oa
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft:
  • Unloaded: 2 ft 4 in (0.71 m) forward; 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) aft
  • Full load: 8 ft 3 in (2.51 m) forward; 14 ft 1 in (4.29 m) aft
  • Landing with 500 short tons (450 t) load: 3 ft 11 in (1.19 m) forward; 9 ft 10 in (3.00 m) aft
  • Limiting 11 ft 2 in (3.40 m)
  • Maximum navigation 14 ft 1 in (4.29 m)
Installed power:
Propulsion:
Speed: 11.6 kn (21.5 km/h; 13.3 mph)
Range: 24,000 nmi (44,000 km; 28,000 mi) at 9 kn (17 km/h; 10 mph) while displacing 3,960 long tons (4,024 t)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
2 x LCVPs
Capacity: 1,600–1,900 short tons (3,200,000–3,800,000 lb; 1,500,000–1,700,000 kg) cargo depending on mission
Troops: 16 officers, 147 enlisted men
Complement: 13 officers, 104 enlisted men
Armament:
Service record
Part of: LST Flotilla 21
Operations: Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto (1 April–30 June 1945)
Awards:

USS LST-939 was an LST-542-class tank landing ship in the United States Navy. Like many of her class, she was not named and is properly referred to by her hull designation.

Construction[edit]

LST-939 was laid down on 21 July 1944, at Hingham, Massachusetts, by the Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard; launched on 23 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. William Lovett; and commissioned on 14 September 1944,[3] Lieutenant (junior grade) Archie H. Hubbard, USNR, in command.[2]

Service history[edit]

During World War II LST-939 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto from April through June 1945.[3]

Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until mid-March 1946. Upon her return to the United States, she was decommissioned on 22 June 1946, and struck from the Navy list on 31 July, that same year. On 12 June 1948, the ship was sold to the Walter W. Johnson Co., for scrapping.[3]

Awards[edit]

LST-939 earned one battle star for World War II service.[3]

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