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United States
NameUSS LST-999
Laid down[27 March 1944
Launched2 May 1944
Commissioned23 May 1944
Decommissioned22 April 1947
  • Sold,
  • 12 October 1947
Stricken8 May 1946
Honours and
two battle stars
General characteristics
Class and typeLST-542-class LST
  • 1,490 tons (light);
  • 4,080 tons (full load of 2,100 tons)
Length328 ft (100 m)
Beam50 ft (15 m)
  • 8 ft (2.4 m) forward;
  • 14 ft 4 in (4.37 m) aft (full load)
PropulsionTwo diesel engines, two shafts
  • 10.8 knots (20 km/h) (max);
  • 9 knots (17 km/h) (econ)
Complement7 officers, 204 enlisted

USS LST-996 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-996 was laid down on 27 March 1944 at the Boston Navy Yard; launched on 2 May 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Ursula A. Hall; and commissioned on 23 May 1944, Ens. C. A. Leach, Jr., USNR, in command.

During World War II, LST-996 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the Operation Dragoon, the invasion of southern France, in August and September 1944. Transferred to the Asiatic-Pacific theater, she engaged in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in April through June 1945. She returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 22 April 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 8 May that same year. On 12 October 1947, the ship was sold to the Hugo Neu Steel Products Corp., New York City, N.Y., for scrapping.

LST-996 earned two battle stars for World War II service.


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

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