USS LST-947

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History
United States
Name: LST-947
Builder: Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Massachusetts
Yard number: 3417[1]
Laid down: 15 August 1944
Launched: 23 September 1944
Commissioned: 15 October 1944
Decommissioned: 16 August 1946
Struck: 15 October 1946
Identification:
Honors and
awards:
Bronze-service-star-3d.png 1 × battle star
Fate: sold, 5 December 1947
Status: Fate unknown
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 (1–9 April 1945)
Awards:

USS LST-947 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-947 was laid down on 15 August 1944, at Hingham, Massachusetts, by the Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard; launched on 23 September 1945; and commissioned on 15 October 1945,[3] Lieutenant Rudolph Siemssen, USN, in command.[2]

Service history[edit]

During World War II LST-947 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in April 1945.[3]

Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East until early July 1946. She was decommissioned on 16 August 1946, and struck from the Navy list on 15 October, that same year. The ship was sold to Bosey, Philippines, on 5 December 1947.[3]

Awards[edit]

LST-947 earned one battle star for World War II service.[3]

Notes[edit]

Citations[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

Online resources

  • "LST-947". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 3 June 2017. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  • "Bethlehem-Hingham, Hingham MA". www.ShipbuildingHistory.com. 11 August 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  • "USS LST-947". Navsource.org. 6 November 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2017.

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