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Name: USS LST-985
Builder: Boston Navy Yard
Laid down: 3 January 1944
Launched: 25 February 1944
Commissioned: 7 April 1944
Decommissioned: 11 June 1946
Struck: 3 July 1946
Fate: Sold for scrapping, 13 October 1947
General characteristics
Class & type: LST-542-class tank landing ship
Displacement: 1,490 long tons (1,514 t) light
4,080 long tons (4,145 t) full
Length: 328 ft (100 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft: 8 ft (2.4 m) forward
14 ft 4 in (4.37 m) aft
Propulsion: 2 × General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts
Speed: 10.8 knots (20.0 km/h; 12.4 mph)
Complement: 7 officers, 104 enlisted men
Armament: • 6 × 40 mm guns
• 6 × 20 mm guns

USS LST-985 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.

LST-985 was laid down on 3 January 1944 at the Boston Navy Yard; launched on 25 February 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Charles E. Schofield; and commissioned on 7 April 1944.

Service history[edit]

LST-985 apparently did not see combat service during World War II.

Following World War II, LST-985 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until mid-March 1946. She returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 11 June 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 3 July that same year. On 13 October 1947, the ship was sold to William E. Skinner for scrapping.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.