History
United States
NameLST-34
BuilderDravo Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Laid down15 March 1943
Launched15 June 1943
Sponsored byMrs. Verne C. Cobb
Commissioned26 July 1943
Decommissioned1 December 1946
Stricken23 December 1947
Identification
Honors and
awards
6 × battle stars
FateTransferred to Military Government, Ryukyus, 1 December 1946
Ryukyus
In service1 December 1946
Out of serviceJanuary 1949
FateHulk abandoned
StatusRan aground in the Far East, January 1949
General characteristics [1]
Type LST-1-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)
Length328 ft (100 m) oa
Beam50 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 2 in (2.49 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
Installed power
Propulsion
Speed12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Range24,000 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
Capacity1,600–1,900 short tons (3,200,000–3,800,000 lb; 1,500,000–1,700,000 kg) cargo depending on mission
Troops16 officers, 147 enlisted men
Complement13 officers, 104 enlisted men
Armament
Service record
Part of: LST Flotilla 16
Operations:
Awards:

USS LST-34 was a United States Navy LST-1-class tank landing ship used exclusively in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II. Like many of her class, she was not named and is properly referred to by her hull designation.

Construction

LST-34 was laid down on 15 March 1943, at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by the Dravo Corporation; launched on 15 June 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Verne C. Cobb;[2] and commissioned on 26 July 1943, with Lieutenant James L. Davis Jr., USNR, in command.[1]

Service history

During World War II, LST-34 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: the Gilbert Islands operation in November and December 1943; the Marshall Islands operation during the occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls in January and February 1944, and the occupation of Eniwetok Atoll in February March 1944; the Marianas operation during the capture and occupation of Saipan in June 1944; the Leyte landingsin October and November 1944; the Lingayen Gulf landings in January 1945; and the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in May 1945.[2]

Postwar career

Following the war, LST-34 performed occupation duty in the Far East from March to November 1946. She returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 15 November 1946, and transferred to Military Government, Ryukyus. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 23 December 1947. She ran aground in the Far East in January 1949, and her hulk was abandoned.[2]

Awards

LST-34 earned six battle stars for her World War II service.[2]


References

Bibliography

  • "LST-34". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval History and Heritage Command. 30 July 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2017. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  • "USS LST-34". NavSource Online. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2017.