USS LST-29

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USS LST-29 Kwajalein February 1944.jpg
USS LST-29 approaches a pontoon causeway at Kwajalein, soon after the Island's capture in February 1944.
History
United States
Name: LST-29
Builder: Dravo Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Laid down: 8 January 1943
Launched: 17 May 1943
Sponsored by: Mrs. C. F. Lockton
Commissioned: 10 July 1943
Decommissioned: 11 March 1946
Struck: 8 May 1946
Identification:
Honors and
awards:
Bronze-service-star-3d.png 4 × battle stars
Fate: Sold, 17 June 1946
Status: Fate unknown
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)
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 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:
Speed: 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 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 3
Operations:
Awards:

USS LST-29 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[edit]

LST-29 was laid down on 8 January 1943, at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by the Dravo Corporation; launched on 17 May 1943; sponsored by Mrs. C. F. Lockton;[2] and commissioned on 10 July 1943, with Lieutenant Walter B.Humkey, USNR, in command.[1]

Service history[edit]

During World War II, LST-29 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: the Gilbert Islands operation during the battle of Tarawa 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 Guam in July and August 1944; and the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in May 1945.[2]

Postwar career[edit]

LST-29 was decommissioned on 11 March 1946, and was struck from the Navy list on 8 May 1946. On 17 June 1946, she was sold to the Foss Launch & Tug Company, of Seattle, Washington.[2]

Awards[edit]

LST-29 earned four battle stars for her World War II service.[2]

References[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • "LST-29". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Navy Department, Naval History & Heritage Command. 30 July 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2017.  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  • "USS LST-29". NavSource Online. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 

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