USS LST-826

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Name: USS LST-826
Builder: Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co., Evansville, Indiana
Laid down: 6 October 1944
Launched: 14 November 1944
Commissioned: 7 December 1944
Honours and
awards:
1 battle star (World War II)
Fate:
  • Wrecked, 9 October 1945
  • Sold for scrapping, 7 May 1947
General characteristics
Class and 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:

USS LST-826 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.

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LST-826 was laid down on 6 October 1944 at Evansville, Indiana, by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.; launched on 14 November 1944; sponsored by Mrs. W. E. Haynie; and commissioned on 7 December 1944, Lt. John G. Mahler, USNR, in command.

Service history

During World War II, LST-826 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in May and June 1945. Following the war, she performed occupation duty in the Far East until early December 1945.

LST-826 was one of several ships grounded at Okinawa as a result of Typhoon Louise on 9 October 1945. In November 1945 the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations directed that the hulk be sunk or destroyed, but this was not done and she became one of around 15 wrecks that were finally sold in two batches in May and November 1947 by the State Department's Foreign Liquidations Commission. LST-826 and LST-823, along with Nestor (ARB-6), three floating docks and some smaller craft, were included in the May batch, and were sold to the Oklahoma-Philippines Co. for scrapping.

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USS LST-823 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.

USS <i>Nestor</i> (ARB-6)

USS Nestor (ARB-6) was planned as a United States Navy LST-491-class tank landing ship, but was redesignated as one of twelve Aristaeus-class battle damage repair ships built for the United States Navy during World War II. Named for Nestor, she was the only US Naval vessel to bear the name.

LST-826 earned one battle star for World War II service. [1]

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References

  1. "LST-826". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval Historical Center. 2008-11-14.

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